DJ looks for win at fast, furious AMS. CHARLOTTE, N.C., October 22, 2002 --- Atlanta Motor Speedway hosts the second of its two annual Winston Cup Series events with this weekend's "Aaron's 499." The 1.5-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway isn't the ...
DJ looks for win at fast, furious AMS.
CHARLOTTE, N.C., October 22, 2002 --- Atlanta Motor Speedway hosts the second of its two annual Winston Cup Series events with this weekend's "Aaron's 499." The 1.5-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway isn't the largest track on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule, but it is considered by many to be the fastest. Qualifying speeds routinely run in excess of 190 mph since the track was reconfigured in 1997. Dale Jarrett has one win at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but has yet to win on the reconfigured 1.54-mile oval. Team UPS will try to score that win this weekend in the "NAPA 500." Atlanta will host qualifying under the lights for the first time in the track's history this Friday night at 7:05 p.m. EST. Racing action begins Sunday, Oct. 27th at 12:30 p.m. EST.
NWC Teams Prepare For Fast Atlanta
A fast racecar and nerves of steel are all that's needed to succeed at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Sounds easy enough for people who have never taken a lap in a racecar around the high-banked, 1.54-mile oval of Atlanta. The driver of the #88 UPS Ford Taurus knows what it takes to get around Atlanta having competed in 29 NASCAR Winston Cup events at the track. Still, the speeds produced in a Winston Cup car tends to make Jarrett catch his breath.
"You know what to expect when you go to Atlanta and that is fast racecars. You know when you're going fast at Atlanta because it tends to make you catch your breath, but it's also a lot of fun. If you can get a car that really sticks to the bottom in Atlanta then you have something. You're going 190 mph heading into turns one and two and if you get through two well going onto the backstretch then you better be ready for the speed you pick up heading into three."
"I know this weekend's race is going to be a little different with night-time qualifying and that should only make the track faster," Jarrett added. "It certainly will add to the excitement that always seems to come with racing in Atlanta. This is one of those tracks that has always been pretty good to me. We've won a race here and won a couple Poles. When you factor in that this is the home track for UPS then it turns into a pretty exciting weekend for the #88 team and Robert Yates Racing."
Notes of interest going into this weekend's "NAPA 500":
* In 29 starts at Atlanta, Jarrett has led 431 laps. Of those 431 laps, 417 laps were lead behind the wheel of the #88 Robert Yates Racing Ford Taurus.
* Jarrett has 13 starts at Atlanta with the #88 team. In those 13 starts the team has scored one win, eight top fives and nine top 10s. Four of the top-five finishes are four straight second-place finishes in the "NAPA 500."
* Since 1996, Jarrett has completed 3,733 of the 3,805 laps run by the Winston Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway for a lap completion rate of 98 percent.
* With the eighth-place finish at Martinsville last weekend, Jarrett moved to 10th in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series point standings. Since joining the #88 RYR team in 1996, Jarrett has not finished out of the top five in the final season point standings. With 3,862 points, Jarrett is only 224 points behind Ryan Newman who is currently fifth in the point standings.
* Only four races remain in the 2002 season. Jarrett has posted wins at three of the four tracks with wins at Atlanta, Rockingham and Phoenix.
* Team UPS has made plans to spend next Tuesday and Wednesday in south Florida testing at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in preparation for the season-ending Winston Cup event.