SPRINGFIELD IL (8-19-03) A hot summer day with a heat index well over the 100 degree mark took its toll, but Jason Jarrett and the ML Motorsports crew kept "digging" and brought home another top-ten finish for the season. Jarrett finished 7th...
SPRINGFIELD IL (8-19-03) A hot summer day with a heat index well over the 100 degree mark took its toll, but Jason Jarrett and the ML Motorsports crew kept "digging" and brought home another top-ten finish for the season.
Jarrett finished 7th in Sunday's running of the Allen Crowe Memorial 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and remains second in ranking in the ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings.
"We had a better car than what we had a finish," said Jarrett. "I definitely think we could have finished where we started. We were as good as I've ever been on dirt, even though the first year we finished better position-wise, because the car was much better than it ever has been on dirt, so I feel good about going to DuQuoin now with a little bit of practice. You know going in - that the DuQuoin field is probably going to be a little tougher."
Overheating problems caused Jarrett to pit several times throughout the race keeping the Hickory, North Carolina third-generation racer 11th or 12th for most of the race.
"There were a lot of people in the same position, but there were also four or five cars in front of us that it didn't happen to, and you know you have to have to imitate what they do because you can't be making five or six pit stops in a 100-lap race and still think you're going to get a top two or three out of it. If we're going to finish in the top five at DuQuoin, we're definitely going to have to solve that problem."
Jarrett opted not to pit with 15 laps to go, and after passing Billy Venturini late in the race, brought about the seventh place finish.
"When I passed Billy, it was just one of those things where I got right up on his butt a couple of times. They were telling me to go harder and harder, and he just got up in that little marble stuff; that was the only way I was able to pass him. He was just as fast as I was," added Jarrett.
"When I came in the pits after the race, they were going to hook the cool- down unit to it. Basically when they did and I cut the engine off, there was water coming out of the tailpipe, which means we basically blew the engine. I kept having to pass the same cars each time we pitted, so we decided to stay out to see if we could make it with 15 to go to see if we could pick up some positions."
A special note of congratulations goes out to Ron Cox and Norm Benning for their fourth and fifth place finishes respectively. Great job by both drivers and members of these teams and well-deserved!
Jason Jarrett is the driver of the #67 ML Motorsports Chevrolet sponsored by Biomet and Damon Motorcoach. Jason is also a member of the Coca-Cola Family of Racing. For further information please contact; Nancy Osterhoudt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next ARCA RE/MAX Series event will be held Saturday, August 30th at Winchester Speedway located in Winchester, Indiana with a 7:15 p.m. Central start time.