Close, but No Guitar By Jason Jarrett Hickory, NC 8/10/03 - Nashville Superspeedway has the best trophy in ARCA RE/MAX Series racing - a Gibson Guitar made especially for the ARCA race winner. Nashville has been a tough place for me to get good...
Close, but No Guitar
By Jason Jarrett
Hickory, NC 8/10/03 - Nashville Superspeedway has the best trophy in ARCA RE/MAX Series racing - a Gibson Guitar made especially for the ARCA race winner. Nashville has been a tough place for me to get good finishes. I used to put it in my mind that it was the race track's fault that I could not get a grip on the place. This past week proved to me that it is in no way the track's fault if I have a bad finish there.
On Friday our first practice was tough but we regrouped at the end of practice and made some changes that helped. Because of us working together I picked up over a half of a second from practice to qualifying. From this point on I was confident that we were going to be able to have a good run and a possible win. The race started and we were able to stay in the top four or five positions until the first pit stop. It just got better after the stop as the crew gained us enough to take the lead for about 14 laps. This crew continues to do a wonderful job in the pits and keeping the car together.
Once I got a taste of leading, I knew we had as good of a chance to win as anyone. Our second stop was a bit of strategy to possibly end up in the lead if the race went green for the remainder of the day. We pitted when Mario passed us for the lead to help the car's handling and because we could make it on fuel the rest of the way. I don't feel that the tires really fell of that much so that was not my concern. It was a good call but the race had a couple more cautions that allowed the others to pit and eventually catch up to us again. My last restart was not good and I fell back a few spots but I was able to regain the fifth position on the final turn of the final lap. The last 15 laps were frustrating and I was probably over driving the corners but the top 5 is a good points day considering the bad day that Frank had. I wish we could have gained more but we also have to keep in mind that Shelby is right there behind us.
There were a lot of positives this weekend. First, we had a good point's day as I stated before. Second, this was the best race that we have had on this car since debuting it at the first Lowe's race. Lastly, the communication was good before the race, during the race, and after the race.
The next month or more will be crucial for the point's situation, but the Nashville race rejuvenated me. Plus, after getting a taste of leading I am hungrier than ever to lead races and win races. It has been a long drought and although we missed the guitar we have some good tracks coming up that I feel we can get another win.
We race on the Springfield mile next Sunday. This is our first of two dirt races for the year. Stay tuned to www.jasonjarrett.com for the most current updates.