DALE JARRETT * Fourth career victory at Michigan International Speedway. * Thirtieth career Winston Cup win and second this season for Jarrett. * Jarrett's first career Winston Cup win took place at Michigan 11 years ago to...
* Fourth career victory at Michigan International Speedway.
* Thirtieth career Winston Cup win and second this season for Jarrett.
* Jarrett's first career Winston Cup win took place at Michigan 11 years ago to the day he won Sunday's Pepsi 400. Three of Jarrett's four wins at Michigan have been in the track's August race. Each of Jarrett's three wins has taken place on August 18th.
* Sunday's win is the 25th career win for the #88 Robert Yates Racing team.
* Sunday's win pushed Jarrett to 10th in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver point standings. It's the first time Jarrett has been in the top 10 during the 2002 Winston Cup season. He is currently 159 points out of fifth place and 309 points behind leader Sterling Marlin.
* Jarrett brought out the first caution on lap 11 when he spun through the grass coming out of turn four. When green flag racing resumed following the first caution period, he was 43rd in the running order.
* The win at Michigan was the 53rd NASCAR Winston Cup victory for Robert Yates Racing.
* The car Jarrett raced to victory lane on Sunday is the same car the #88 team won with at Pocono in June. It's also the same car Jarrett won the pole and finished second with at Michigan's June race.
* Jarrett's overall record at Michigan International Speedway improved to four wins, 13 top fives and 18 top 10s.
Jarrett's Post Race Quotes
On the "spin and win" . . . "We were just so loose. I couldn't get in the corner. I needed the whole race track to try to run. I had gotten on the inside of the 19 and he was actually letting me go. I tried to drive straight up to the wall, but I had to turn to keep from hitting the wall and when I did it spun. That gave us a chance to adjust on the car. We made a slight adjustment then. We ran the next short segment and the car was still too loose for me to try to go fast. We had another caution and came in and took a spring rubber out of the right rear and that really set the car to going. That's when we went from 36th and drove to the top five before we pitted for fuel. I was just hoping I could find myself maybe in the top 15 by halfway and then work my way from there to try to give us a chance, if we got cautions late. But the car was so incredibly good there."
On taking four tires . . . "Todd Parrott made that call. A lot of times we get criticized for getting four sometimes, but I think that's probably won us more races than its lost us. He did a great job of adjusting on this racecar. I was so loose early I obviously spun out. I wasn't sure that we could get the car good enough, but he kept working on it and working on it and we had a great race car. I knew from earlier this year, from the race track today, that four tires meant a lot. I know those guys were trying to get track position to get out front, but my car was too good on four tires to give up that. I knew I had plenty of time to get there if I was just patient and made the right moves, and when you've got a car like this that's easier to do."
On the rest of 2002 . . . "As far as what I look at from us, I hope that we can continue the pace that we're on. We've got some new cars coming here. Obviously, we have a nice little fleet of cars that we've been running recently, that I like, and so, hopefully, we can be competitive and give ourselves a chance to win a couple more races and take advantage of that. As far as the points deal, I don't know. It's gonna be a wild race to the end. I think it's up for grabs for any of those guys that are in the top seven or eight. I'm not counting us out by any means. Last week, that hurt us quite a bit when we had the transmission problem, but I don't even know how many races we have left. We're just gonna do our job and if we can do that, maybe we'll end up in this battle if they have a few more problems."