UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest * Dale Jarrett has come close to winning the All-Star Challenge twice, with a second-place finish in both 2000 and 2001. * Including his second-place finishes, Jarrett has three top-five and eight top-10 ...
UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest
* Dale Jarrett has come close to winning the All-Star Challenge twice, with a second-place finish in both 2000 and 2001.
* Including his second-place finishes, Jarrett has three top-five and eight top-10 finishes in the All-Star Challenge.
* In 15 starts in the All-Star Challenge, Jarrett has six DNF's.
* Starting in 1993, Jarrett had a string of eight consecutive starts in the top 10.
Jarrett Discusses Racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway
What do you think about the new format to this year's event?
"I like it. It's about as good as it's ever been. It's sort of simplified a little more so the fans should have no problem following along. It's broken up into four equal segments so it's meant to feel a little bit more like one of your other stick-and-ball sports, having four quarters and all. Our strategy is going to be pretty straight-forward. We'll just try to set up our car to be as fast as possible and then work on it through the different pit stops and hopefully gain as many positions as possible. First place is the only spot that matters at the end of the night, so we're going to have to be really aggressive with the car to be able to compete. It should be a fun night."
As a driver, what's the biggest appeal of driving in the All-Star Challenge?
"It's a Saturday night shootout. It's where we all came from. It takes us back to our roots in the sport because we all started racing on a Friday or Saturday night. This is the wildest of Saturday nights anywhere. The fans have been there all weekend and getting prepared. The race doesn't start until 9 o'clock or something Saturday night and everybody is just keyed up. It's just such an exciting event. You know it's made up of winners and the best drivers in the sport and it's just fun. There's nothing involved except trying to win, the prestige of winning it, the trophy and obviously it pays a lot of money -- but that's the least of our concerns. The biggest thing is trying to get that respect and that knowledge of winning the All-Star Challenge."