DJ celebrates anniversary Of 1st Cup win. BROOKLYN, Mich., August 13, 2002 --- Dale Jarrett and the ...
DJ celebrates anniversary Of 1st Cup win.
BROOKLYN, Mich., August 13, 2002 --- Dale Jarrett and the #88 UPS Racing Team look forward to returning to Michigan International Speedway for this weekend's NASCAR Winston Cup Series "Pepsi 400." Michigan has long been a favorite of Jarrett's as it is the site of his first career Winston Cup Series win. The race on Sunday, Aug. 18th marks the 11th anniversary of that first win with the Wood Brothers. Jarrett's margin of victory over Davey Allison in that race was eight inches and still stands as the track's closest margin of victory. Jarrett hopes to celebrate the anniversary of his first Winston Cup win in victory lane during this year's "Pepsi 400." TNT will provide live racing coverage beginning at 1:30 p.m. EST, this Sunday. The green flag waves on the 200-lap race at 2 p.m. EST.
Michigan Is Jarrett's Specialty
Dale Jarrett has developed a real knack for putting together exciting finishes at Michigan International Speedway. He finished a close second to Matt Kenseth after starting from the pole in June in addition to his close win over Davey Allison 11 years ago. Jarrett and Team UPS hope to put on another spectacular performance this weekend.
"The one thing that hasn't changed much at Michigan is the track," Jarrett said. "Even as we've changed tires and chassis, the way that you drive this race track hasn't really changed that much. You'll change the way that you drive this track throughout the 400 miles on Sunday because there are going to be times that the bottom of the race track is going to be the quickest way around. We'll probably move up to about the middle of the track, and then possibly the quick way around might even get to the very top of the race track. Obviously, our speeds are a little quicker than what they were back when I first won at Michigan, but the way that you drive and the things that you do are pretty much the same.
"The thing I enjoy so much about Michigan is that I honestly feel that if I started 43rd here, that I could win this race as long as we have a good racecar," Jarrett continued. "You can run on the bottom and you can run on the top and anywhere in between, so I think that's why most guys would classify this as one of their favorite tracks. If it's not their favorite track, it has to be near the top."
"We had a great racecar when we were here in June," Jarrett added. "I just needed one more corner and I think I could have had the win. The four tires we got on the last pit stop made all the difference because our car was so much faster than with the new tires."
Jarrett To Appear At Ford Fan Day In Detroit
Ford will host a fan appreciation day on August 15th at Comerica Park in Detroit, Mich. Dale Jarrett is one of the drivers that will be at the home of the Detroit Tigers to sign autographs and answer questions. Jarrett is scheduled to participate in a question and answer session from 5:30 to 5:45 p.m., and will sign autographs in a private autograph session from 5:45 to 6:10 p.m. The private autograph session is for fans that donate $50 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The public autograph session will take place from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m.