Bristol: Dale Jarrett preview

UPS Team Looks for Success at Bristol UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest * Dale Jarrett has one career Nextel Cup Series win at Bristol, scoring the victory during the night race in 1997 after starting third and leading 210 laps. * ...

UPS Team Looks for Success at Bristol

UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest

* Dale Jarrett has one career Nextel Cup Series win at Bristol, scoring the victory during the night race in 1997 after starting third and leading 210 laps.

* Jarrett finished fifth in the event at Bristol one year ago.

* With his ninth-place finish at Atlanta last weekend, Jarrett moved to ninth in the point standings. He is 24 points ahead of the 11th-place driver in the point standings, Jeff Burton and exactly 200 points behind point leader Jimmie Johnson.

Jarrett's Thoughts on Racing at Bristol

Do you go to Bristol this weekend just hoping to survive?

"It's more than that but yes, you have to survive Bristol because anything can and usually does happen as we've seen in recent years. It's a tough track. It's real fast and cars start going down a lap pretty fast because 43 cars on a half-mile track is a lot so it doesn't take long for the leader to catch the tail end of the field. That's when you get guys trying to drive beyond the limitations of their race car and that's when problems start not only for them but usually for the guys they're racing as well. So, first you need to survive Bristol but it takes a lot more than that to leave Bristol with a good finish."

What's the key to leaving Bristol with a decent finish?

"It's the same as it is anywhere and that's a good handling race car. The one thing that differs is that you probably need a little more racing luck at Bristol than you do at perhaps an Atlanta or a Texas. But a good-handling race car, good pit stops and pit strategy and patience are all important for 500 miles at Bristol."

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Does the team approach this weekend as it being a survival of the fittest?

"Well, you have to survive Bristol but you make your own luck. You can't take a 20th -- place car and hope to survive just riding around in the back. At Bristol there is no safe place. You could be leading the race and get wrecked. So to me, you go there and have the car handle well and have good pit strategy. It all comes down to good pit strategy. It's a crap shoot. I've been there with a team leading and wrecked and we've been there running 30th and wrecked. So Bristol is tough."

How have you been preparing for this weekend's race?

"Dale does well there. He likes that track and we feel good about the car there. It's tough now because we can't test there so I've been going through some notes from Bristol and just trying to find out what may help us out and specifically what's good for Dale there. The team tested there last year and we're kind of using that as our baseline for this weekend."

Chassis 47

Chassis 47 is the car the UPS Racing Team will compete with this weekend in Bristol, Tenn. The team raced Chassis 47 one time in 2005 and that was the fall race at Dover where the team finished 15th after starting from the 15th position. The car was raced by teammate Elliott Sadler a few times in 2005 at the All-Star race and at the Coca-Cola 600. Sadler finished second in the All-Star race last season and 13th in the Coca-Cola 600.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Dale Jarrett , Jimmie Johnson , Elliott Sadler