Dale Jarrett and UPS Team Ready for Richmond CHARLOTTE, N.C., (May 10, 2004) ---- After the Mother's Day weekend break, the ...
Dale Jarrett and UPS Team Ready for Richmond
CHARLOTTE, N.C., (May 10, 2004) ---- After the Mother's Day weekend break, the #88 UPS Racing Team is ready to get back into the swing of things with this weekend's Chevy American Revolution 400 at the .75-mile Richmond International Raceway. Dale Jarrett will be racing in his 33rd NASCAR NEXTEL Cup event at Richmond with the running of this weekend's 400-lap race. The UPS Racing Team hasn't had much to cheer about the last two seasons at Richmond, but will look to change all of that this weekend.
"For some reason we just haven't had a handle on Richmond the last couple years," Jarrett said. "My teammate, Elliott Sadler, and the #38 M&Ms team went there and tested last week so hopefully that will benefit the UPS Team to an extent. I've been talking to Elliott about the track and the way it feels now with the new surface and I'm sure we'll talk more as we get closer to being on the track on Friday. I've always enjoyed racing at Richmond. It is a short track but it is fast and it isn't really comparable to racing at our other short tracks -- Bristol and Martinsville. Hopefully we'll be able to make something happen this weekend."
Dale Jarrett Discusses Richmond International Raceway
What sets Richmond apart from other short tracks visited by the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series?
"The track isn't symmetrical like Bristol or Martinsville. It's a D-shaped track which makes it look like a small Charlotte. You enter turns one and three differently because of the shape. Another thing that makes Richmond different is that I feel you have more opportunities to pass then at a Bristol or Martinsville. The fans aren't going to see quite as much beating and banging at Richmond but I think there is an opportunity to see more side-by-side racing."
What is the key to racing at Richmond?
"Obviously you have to have a great handling race car. The turn that I look to for being able to pick up an advantage is turn four. You have to be able to get off that turn and get back in the gas well at that particular turn. The front stretch at Richmond is fairly long for that short of a track. If you can get off turn four well then that's a place on the track where you can beat the other guy and make the pass. Richmond is a place where you end up using the entire race track it is just a matter of figuring out where your car works the best and taking advantage of the opportunities that evolve out of those situations."
What do you expect from the new track surface at Richmond?
"After talking to Elliott (Sadler) the track is a lot smoother. Richmond has always tended toward having a lot of grip and with the new surface I think we're going to see even more grip this time around. It will be interesting to see how that changes as the weekend progresses. There will be quite a few laps run at the track between the Busch Series practice and race and the NEXTEL Cup practice before we race on Saturday night. Rubber build-up tends to influence the track surface so that will be something to look at for the race."
Notes of Interest
* Dale Jarrett has 32 starts at Richmond. In those 32 starts he has two wins, 11 top-five and 12 top-10 finishes.
* The majority of Jarrett's success at Richmond has been with the #88 Robert Yates Racing Team that started competing in 1996. From 1996 to the present, Jarrett has made 16 starts at Richmond picking up his two wins and nine top-five finishes.
* Jarrett is fourth on Richmond's top money winner list with $1,417,903 in earnings at Richmond.
* Jarrett and the UPS Team are one of several NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series teams participating in the test session at Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 10th and 11th before heading to Richmond International Raceway. The UPS Team will be working on a variety of projects during the two-day test.
* UPS Local Delivery --- The UPS Racing Team features one team member from Richmond, Va. Mechanic Jimmy Rollins grew up in Richmond before moving to North Carolina to further his racing career. Rollins is new to the UPS Team for 2004, but has more than 14 years of experience in racing.
The UPS Team will be racing Chassis 22 for this weekend's Chevy American Revolution 400 at Richmond. Chassis 22 is the same car Jarrett raced at Martinsville Speedway one month ago. The team started that event in 25th and eventually raced their way into the top 10 to finish 10th.