"Atlanta is just a very fast, high-banked race track. When you qualify at Atlanta, you're pretty much holding your breath for 30 seconds it is just that exciting and fast. I've been fortunate to win at Atlanta before, but that was before the dog...
"Atlanta is just a very fast, high-banked race track. When you qualify at Atlanta, you're pretty much holding your breath for 30 seconds it is just that exciting and fast. I've been fortunate to win at Atlanta before, but that was before the dog legs were added to the front stretch in 1997. It would be great to win at Atlanta especially since that's the home for UPS. We've had some great runs at Atlanta in the past and it would be a great place for us to get back to where we're finishing in the top five, top 10, and contending for wins on a weekly basis."
--Dale Jarrett on Racing at Atlanta
Jarrett to Race The UPS Store Car® This Weekend . . .
The promotion surrounding the debut of The UPS Store® car wraps up with this weekend's running of the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Dale Jarrett will jump behind the wheel of the #88 The UPS Store car, which displays a flashy new look for the fans of Brown.
"I'm looking forward to the weekend with the special paint scheme," Jarrett said. "Special paint schemes are always fun for the driver, team and sponsors, but probably more so for the fans. It's just something different which always helps when you are in the midst of a long season like we have in NASCAR Winston Cup Racing. Racing at Atlanta is always big for me and this team because it's home for UPS, so we're looking forward to what will hopefully be an exciting weekend for UPS and Robert Yates Racing."
UPS Team Tests Kentucky for Research and Development . . .
The UPS Team spent Tuesday at Kentucky Speedway working on research and development projects with their chassis program. The team hired Bill Riley, an independent chassis designer from Indianapolis, Ind., this past summer to work with the team on its chassis program. While progress has been made, there are still areas for improvement according to Shawn Parker, crew chief for the #88 UPS Racing Team.
"We feel like we've made a lot of improvements as far as our chassis go," Parker explained. "The front end suspension geometry is completely different than it was when I first joined the team in May. We've found some things that really work, but there are some other things that still need some massaging. We are taking the car we plan to race at Atlanta to Kentucky for the test -- not so much in preparation for Atlanta but just to work on the chassis stuff. It's really hard to use Kentucky as preparation for other tracks, but it's a great place to try some of the new chassis stuff Bill (Riley) has been working on and that's what we'll primarily be doing on Tuesday."
UPS Team to Race Chassis 102 at Atlanta . . .
The UPS Racing Team is using Chassis 102 for this weekend's Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500. Chassis 102 is the same car that never finished outside the top 10 in 2003. The UPS Team won races at Michigan and Pocono with Chassis 102 in 2003. Jarrett also finished a close second to Matt Kenseth at Michigan in June 2002 after starting from the pole with this car. Chassis 102 was redone for 2004 with front-end geometry work provided by chassis specialist Bill Riley. The car finished ninth at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May, and it was the car Jarrett raced at Darlington during the Southern 500 race weekend.