As we head into this next race, the race results from Daytona are blurred and the prospect of winning is once again the driving force. There's an eagerness to get "on with it!" What Jason would personally like to see, is at one of these...
As we head into this next race, the race results from Daytona are blurred and the prospect of winning is once again the driving force. There's an eagerness to get "on with it!" What Jason would personally like to see, is at one of these companion races with the Winston Cup Series, a Jarrett and Jarrett doubleheader for the weekend.
"I want to win a race some where on Saturday where my dad's going to race on Sunday. Maybe we can make it a weekend, you know, where everybody's sick of the Jarrett's!" joked Jarrett.
Atlanta could be just the place! "Dad (Dale Jarrett) does really well in Atlanta," said Jarrett. "Atlanta is one of the few places he even qualifies well, and I think if you do see him qualify good, you'd better watch out. That means he's got a really fast car if it's handling that good during qualifying."
In last season's event at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Jason was running with the lead pack when rain shortened this event. Jarrett has every confidence that again this year he will be up with that front group of cars. With the great equipment provided by ML Motorsports, the feeling is they may have an even better shot than most teams to pick up the win.
Jason and the crew of the #67 ML Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo spent their time during the recent test at Atlanta Motor Speedway sticking to their basic plan; 10-15 lap runs in race trim trying to find what worked best for both the car and driver. Changes were minimal, trying different shocks, springs, subtle changes to pick up speed.
"Some times it's easy at superspeedways to think that if some cars are running a couple tenths faster, that you need to make a lot of changes," remarked Jarrett. "What you'll sometimes end up doing is just dialing yourself right out - especially when some rubber gets down on the track."
Jarrett and the team left the test feeling good about their chances coming back for the race. They felt they did the right things to be able to roll the car off the trailer this week in Atlanta and have a good car from the time of inspection on.
After Daytona there's been a lot of discussion about whether or not drivers with limited race experience should be allowed to compete on the super speedways as their first experience in the ARCA series. For many the series has provided a steppingstone toward the Winston Cup and Busch Series; a place where drivers gain needed experience to be able to move forward. It's a fine line. Jarrett agrees that it's a place to learn, however, Atlanta may not be the best track to be on for the first time. A forty-mile an hour disparity between the top and lowest testing speed times is a cause for some concern.
"I believe there should be something saying -- hey, you need to run with us on a short track first, an intermediate track first, and then you can go to Atlanta or Daytona, or Talladega," said Jarrett. "Atlanta is just really fast. At Daytona, if you don't have a good enough car, then you're going to get spread out from the field and you can at least learn something. But in Atlanta, everybody's going so fast, you always have cars around you; whether they're lapping you or you're racing with them. It's just not a good situation."
"You have to race there for the first time, some time, but I don't believe it should be your first experience," added Jarrett.
Another impressive entry list for the Atlanta ARCA 400 race ensures a competitive event, where the best will make the starting lineup for this Saturday's race, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Broadcast coverage is live on the Speed Channel and PRN radio.
Jason Jarrett is the driver of the #67 Biomet / Damon RV sponsored ML Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo and is also a member of the Coca-Cola Racing Family.