Atlanta II: Ford Racing Friday report

Qualifying for Sunday's NAPA 500 was cancelled due to rain on Friday night.  Dale Jarrett, driver of the No. 88 UPS Taurus, was the fastest Ford during practice and third-fastest overall. DALE JARRETT --88-- UPS Taurus THE DATE HAS CHANGED,...

Qualifying for Sunday's NAPA 500 was cancelled due to rain on Friday night.  Dale Jarrett, driver of the No. 88 UPS Taurus, was the fastest Ford during practice and third-fastest overall.

DALE JARRETT --88-- UPS Taurus

THE DATE HAS CHANGED, THE TIME OF QUALIFYING IS DIFFERENT, BUT THE RAIN IS BACK AT THIS TRACK.  "This is just a difficult time of year.  You get a lot of fronts that move through here during the fall and heading towards winter and it's unfortunate.  I don't know the answer.  You hate it for everyone here at the track because they're great people and it's a great race track.  It just seems that their luck with the weather is not very good.  You just try to make the most of it.  Hopefully, Saturday and Sunday is going to be good and we can at least get through that part." 

YOU WERE GOOD IN PRACTICE TODAY.  "We weren't that good right at the beginning, but Todd made some good calls on a couple of changes we made and that made the car really good.  I actually think I could have gone faster and I was looking forward to that, but this is a good race car.  This is the same car that I've talked about all year -- the one that we built before the midway point and won our races with.  We've run well with it and this is just the type of race track where it performs really well."

RYAN NEWMAN --12-- ALLTEL Taurus

ARE YOU DISAPPOINTED NOT TO GET A CHANCE AT QUALIFYING AFTER TESTING HERE?  "A little bit.  We tested here in the early spring and when we unloaded the car on a Tuesday morning, it was 32 degrees and it got to 35 that day.  This place was so fast that it was pretty amazing and I was looking forward to the same conditions tonight with the humidity helping the speed and the coolness.  But I guess that's not to be.  Hopefully, we learned enough in the spring race and in testing here to do well in the race." 

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO STILL BE CALLED A ROOKIE AT THIS POINT WITH SO MUCH EXPERIENCE?  "I've been a rookie five times in my life, so that was over a long time ago.  It's neat to come to this series and be considered a rookie.  I guess Jimmie and I get a little more hype as far as being rookies and being able to perform.  If we have the same run next year and duplicate what we did this year, people won't look at it the same because this year we're rookies.  Hopefully, like Jimmie said, we can just keep doing the things we've been doing, have a lot of fun and go out there and do the best -- make it to New York and just be happy with everything."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett