Two times two = win Long Pond, PA - June 5, 2003 - That would be the winning formula for Jason Jarrett, who last season finished in the runner up position for both events at Pocono International Raceway. Jarrett goes into this weekend's ...
Two times two = win
Long Pond, PA - June 5, 2003 - That would be the winning formula for Jason Jarrett, who last season finished in the runner up position for both events at Pocono International Raceway. Jarrett goes into this weekend's ARCA RE/MAX Series Giant Food Stores 200 confident that he and the ML Motorsports crew will put the #67 in the winner's circle.
"We always seem to run good at Pocono," remarked Jarrett as he remembered previous visits to the track. "Even though I don't have a ton of experience there, when I show up, I always feel like I'm going to run good; my confidence is high; the team's confidence is high."
Last June's race at Pocono, Jarrett recalled the team scrambled to get the car better for the race.
"We didn't come off the truck good the first race," said Jarrett. "We worked on the car; we even got to where we cut the fenders and really did some major work to make it drive better. I think that race we didn't get any practice; we just lined up and raced because of the rain. It ended up racing good, we ran in the third and fourth all day, and then Frank had some problems at the end and we were in the right place at the right time to finish second."
In July, they were good from the time the ML Motorsports team unloaded the car.
"We took a different car back, and we were good from the time we unloaded, through qualifying and practice; we were really good. It was one of those situations at the end, where I got out in clean air and had a pretty large lead on Atwood because he had to stop for gas. The caution came out with like ten laps to go and Atwood was able to get by us, but we were definitely a contender that day," added Jarrett.
Pocono Raceway, with its unique design, is not always one of the more favored tracks for many drivers. Jarrett, on the other hand, really likes the track.
"I just always seem to like the places that other people don't," said Jarrett jokingly. "Pocono has a different flavor; it has a lot of different characteristics. Your car has to really handle good along with having a lot of horsepower. I think my car handles good at a lot of places, but at Pocono we seem to be able to put everything together to run good."
"Darrell Waltrip calls it a 'roval'; part road course, part oval. You have a really log straightaway down the front stretch, then turn one has some banking, they you have a little short backstretch. Through the tunnel turn it gets a little bit flatter, but it's a really fast part of the track. You have to get through the tunnel turn to get a good run down the other short chute and then get a good run back onto the straightaway. It's a momentum race track."
"People associated with the track treat the ARCA Series well. This is probably the only race track where the ARCA Series has its own covered garages. The Series has been coming to this track for a long time," added Jarrett.
Jason Jarrett is the driver of the #67 ML Motorsports 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo sponsored by Gladiator GarageWorks and Damon Motor Coach. Jason is also a member of the Coca-Cola Racing Family.
The Giant Food Stores 200 is set to begin at 1:00 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, June 7, and can be seen live on Speed Channel.