Winston: Dale Jarrett preview

UPS Team aims for fast cash in Winston. CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 14, 2002 --- Lowe's Motor Speedway kicks off its version of Speedweeks with the running of The Winston Saturday night, May 18. Introduced in 1987 as NASCAR's version of an all-star...

UPS Team aims for fast cash in Winston.

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 14, 2002 --- Lowe's Motor Speedway kicks off its version of Speedweeks with the running of The Winston Saturday night, May 18. Introduced in 1987 as NASCAR's version of an all-star game, The Winston has provided dramatic finishes and interesting storylines. Dale Jarrett and the #88 UPS Racing Team are one of 30 teams that will compete for the first-place prize of $750,000. The Winston Open begins at 7 p.m., with the 18th running of The Winston slated for a 9 p.m. EST start.

New Winston Rules Should Prove Exciting
With the new format for "The Winston" introducing a concept where drivers have to race their way into furthering segments, anything can - and will - happen. Jarrett believes the best racing will go on near the end of the pack rather than the front.

"I think if you're running between sixth and 14th going into the second segment, then you're going to be able to just set the cruise and not have to get after it as much," Jarrett explained. "Now anyone who is running further back than, that then I'd say look out because there will be a lot of beating and banging with $750,000 on the line. You have to be in the top 20 in order to get to the second segment and it's going to be real dicey from about 15th on back because you're trying to secure your spot so that you have the opportunity to keep on racing. I'm sure it'll be real fun and real interesting for the fans."

Jarrett Explains The Greatness Of The Winston
The 2002 season will mark Jarrett's 11th year running in The Winston. He's often been in position to win in the waning laps only to come up short of the victory. He finished second in both the 2000 and 2001 events, but looks to improve that record by one spot and finish the night in victory lane.

"Nobody remembers who finishes second in that race except us (drivers)," Jarrett said. "But yeah, you get excited just thinking about it. It's just such an exciting event. You know it's made up of winners and it's just fun. There's nothing involved except trying to win, the prestige of winning and the trophy. Obviously it pays a lot of money - but that's the least of our concerns. The biggest thing is trying to get the respect and the acknowledgment of winning the Winston."

Jarrett Delivers Message Of Highway Safety
National Transportation Week is May 12-18, and as part of the week UPS is taking the opportunity to encourage safe driving practices as the summer travel season dawns. Jarrett will address highway safety using UPS's Five Seeing Habits during a satellite media tour on Thursday, May 16 from 10-12 noon (EDT). Access to the media tour is provided through satellite. The coordinates for the media tour are Telstar 4 Transponder 11 C Band Down link Frequency 3920 - V. There will be ONLY ONE FEED with it taking place from 11:45 a.m.-12 noon (EDT) on Thursday, May 16. Media materials are available by contacting Celeste Oglesby with Edelman PR at (312) 297-7514.

Autograph Signing At Dale Jarrett Ford
Jarrett will sign autographs at his Dale Jarrett Ford Dealership on Hwy. 601 in Monroe, N.C., Thursday, May 16 at 5 p.m. Armbands will be distributed beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning. Approximately 1,200 armbands will be distributed to fans wanting to secure an autograph. The event is open to the public, but autographs are only guaranteed to those fans with armbands.

-ryr/ups-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett