"Richmond is one of our last short track races of the year so we're back to a situation where track position is going to be the most important thing. Shawn Parker (crew chief) has done a real good job in calling those types of races if you look...
"Richmond is one of our last short track races of the year so we're back to a situation where track position is going to be the most important thing. Shawn Parker (crew chief) has done a real good job in calling those types of races if you look back at Bristol and even New Hampshire. He made the right calls to get us that track position and we were able to gain and get a top-10 finish. That alone makes me look forward to going to Richmond even though it's a track we've struggled with somewhat in the last few years."
--Dale Jarrett on Racing at Richmond
Team UPS looks for better run at RIR
Jarrett Hopes to Win Final Labor Day Weekend Classic . . .
Richmond International Raceway is among the list of tracks where Dale Jarrett and the #88 UPS Racing Team has struggled during the last couple seasons. Despite recent history at the three-quarter mile track, Jarrett looks forward to going back to Richmond during a stretch of races where the #88 UPS Racing Team is showing improvement.
"I am looking forward to going to Richmond," Jarrett said. "It hasn't been a good track for us, but we've been getting better and better even at tracks where we haven't performed well in the past. Bristol is probably the best example of that because we finished seventh there and that was the best car I had raced at Bristol in a long time. Shawn (Parker) and the team have been building some great cars and I can see an improvement from where we were even two months ago. We're taking a new car to Richmond. It's a car we tested this summer at Milwaukee. I like the things I'm seeing this race team do and just look forward to seeing more over these last 11 races."
Pit Strategy Could Reign at RIR . . .
Pit strategy and fuel mileage have become the catch phrases of choice over the course of the last several NASCAR Winston Cup races. Many races have been decided about the team that elects to pit win and how long they can make it between fuel stops. Shawn Parker, crew chief of the #88 UPS Ford, says pit strategy will reassume prominence in Richmond.
"Pit strategy, two tires versus four tires, fuel mileage -- it all comes back into play this weekend," Parker said. "I don't think we'll see anyone do a fuel only pit stop unless it's late in the race just because Richmond is a little bit of an older track and fresh tires are going to help."
UPS Team Tests Charlotte . . .
The #88 UPS Racing Team is one of the teams that took advantage of the open test at Lowe's Motor Speedway this week. The team used the twilight test to work on the qualifying program for Jarrett and the UPS Ford Taurus.
"When we're at the track working on qualifying we only have a couple hours to get the car faster and more comfortable and we only have three sets of tires we can use," Parker explained. "We're planning on taking 20 sets of tires and just working on that aspect of the program. Obviously we've been getting better and we've come a long way with our cars. That has a lot to do with being prepared back at the shop so that when we unload we can make a real qualifying attempt first time out so we don't spend the morning making two and three runs trying to sort things out."