Jarrett finishes third at Winchester Winchester, IN 8/30/03 Jason Jarrett managed to drive through a late race wreck involving four of the top six leaders at last night's ARCA 200 at Winchester Speedway, and was able to bring the ...
Jarrett finishes third at Winchester
Winchester, IN 8/30/03 Jason Jarrett managed to drive through a late race wreck involving four of the top six leaders at last night's ARCA 200 at Winchester Speedway, and was able to bring the #67 ML Motorsports Pontiac home in third place. Jarrett remains solidly in second place in the ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings.
Jarrett started the race from the seventh position, but handling troubles developed early on with Jason scraping the third turn wall on the first lap. The car was loose and Jason lost several positions during the opening laps of the race.
"The car improved toward the end of the race," said Jarrett. "But I think early in the race I was loose on the first set of tires, we tightened the car up; we probably just went a little too far. On the second set of tires; we didn't get enough adjustment get back out of it but it ended up okay.
"When we got to the point in the race where everybody was on the same tires, that's when I could tell we definitely had improved the car," added Jarrett.
A restart on lap 103 showed Jarrett in the top spot, able to hold on for only a couple of laps before being overtaken for the top spot. Jason held on and worked his way up to the seventh position before the on-track mishap stopped the race with just four laps to go.
"We never were up there mixing it up with that lead group of cars until right there at the end when we were close enough to Mark (Gibson) or Belmont. We could race with Belmont and the 59 - it was like one end of the speedway I would be faster, and the other end they would be faster."
"The lane of the track has moved up so far it was really hard to get a good grip to cut underneath somebody to pass them. If you were racing somebody, even cars that were a lap down, if they wanted to race you a little bit, they could definitely keep you from getting around them easily."
The heat is on in the point race as well as on track with more and more teams improving performance and becoming more competitive as the season progresses.
"It seems like every week better cars show up and even the ones that used to be mid-pack or so are getting faster. It's definitely getting tougher every week," remarked Jarrett.
"As far as the point race, it's weird how some days are like that. Mark was running in front of us and the 25 was running up front, but at the end of the night you have to be there on the 200th lap to be able to maximize on the points. They both got in accidents and we didn't," said Jarrett. "It was definitely better at the end of the night, as far as points were concerned in the way it ended up, than it was from the way it was going earlier in the race."
The second leg of this three race sprint takes the ML Motorsports #67 Chevrolet to the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds on Monday, September 1st set to begin at 1:00 p.m. Central.