Salem: Jason Jarrett preview

When you have success.you like to go back! When Jason Jarrett talks about this week's upcoming ARCA RE/MAX Series event at Salem Speedway (Sunday, April 27th) in Salem, Indiana, his outlook is positive. "It's just one of those places that...

When you have success.you like to go back!

When Jason Jarrett talks about this week's upcoming ARCA RE/MAX Series event at Salem Speedway (Sunday, April 27th) in Salem, Indiana, his outlook is positive.

"It's just one of those places that I've run well from the first time that I ever raced there," said Jarrett. "I just enjoy race tracks that you have to race the race track and drive hard from the first lap to the last lap."

"There's a lot to be said for going to a race track you like," added Jarrett. "It not that I don't like all of them, but the ones you've had success at you're going to like better, and I just feel like this is one of my chances to jump out there and get a win!"

This weekend's Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 marks the 70th race for the series at this track, but only the fifth time for Jason Jarrett. In four previous starts, Jarrett finished in the top five in three, including two second place and one fourth place finish.

Salem has characteristics similar to other race tracks; high banks like Bristol, worn, angry asphalt like Darlington.

However, the preferred like is entirely different from that of Bristol. "At Bristol, the grip is on the bottom of the race track due to the fact that it's concrete," explained Jarrett. "At Salem, I'm not sure it's ever been repaved. The grip has gone away from the bottom groove, till now basically at both ends of the race track, you have to run up against the wall because that's where what little grip there is left is, and where you can carry the most speed through the corners.

And when drawing the comparison to Darlington, Jarrett said, "You know how you see the cars go in the corners low and then end up in the wall, that's kind of how it is at Salem."

Jarrett knows that you have to be on top of your game from the very beginning to the end of this race; it's not a place where you can just sit and ride behind someone. The track is fast.

"You'll see a car a straightaway ahead, and the next thing you know, you're running up on that car in the next corner and a half. You have to decide where you're going to go as soon as you can see that you're going to catch another car. When you catch them, you have to pass, or you will lose a lot of speed and a lot of ground," said Jarrett.

"I think what makes Frank (Kimmel) so good at Salem, besides many laps on the track, is just that he's good at picking out where to go through the traffic; where he's going to lose the least amount of momentum, and where's he's going to maintain a fast lap time."

As far as the best place to pass cars; Jarrett felt that there's really no one place better than another; it's just where your car may be better than the next person's.

"If you can get under someone off of turn two, that's a good place", stated Jarrett. "Actually, if you can get under someone coming off of four, it's probably the best place, because you can actually run a little more on the bottom in one and tow, so you have a little bit better angle going into the corner. If you try to get under someone in turn three, it actually hurts your momentum more than the other driver's."

The ARCA series has run three events so far this 2003 season; two superspeedway, one intermediate, but this weekend Jason and the ML Motorsports crew are looking forward to short-track racing and the possibility of picking up a win. Race time is 1:15 p.m.

Jason Jarrett is the driver for the Biomet/Damon RV sponsored #67 ML Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo, and is also a member of the Coca-Cola Racing Family.

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