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Jarrett is up to challenge of Coke 600. CONCORD, N.C., May 21, 2002 --- Dale Jarrett and the ...

Jarrett is up to challenge of Coke 600.

CONCORD, N.C., May 21, 2002 --- Dale Jarrett and the #88 UPS Racing Team get to enjoy another weekend in their own backyard with this weekend's NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. The Coca-Cola 600 is the longest race on the NASCAR Winston Cup Schedule and runs concurrently with the Memorial Day Weekend. The Coca-Cola 600 will start at 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 26th with FOX providing live television coverage beginning at 4:30 p.m. EST.

Coke 600 Is Endurance Test
Each of the 36 NASCAR Winston Cup Series races offer challenges whether it be the road course at Watkins Glen, the short track of Bristol Motor Speedway or the super speeds of Talladega. The "Coca-Cola 600" of Lowe's Motor Speedway presents the challenge of endurance, as it is the longest race on the NASCAR Winston Cup Schedule.

"Everyone enjoys racing Charlotte because it is home and even though we spend long hours at the track we get to sleep in our own beds at night. This race is one of the toughest all year because it is the longest. It's the race where it really pays to be in good physical shape, not that the other races don't require drivers to be in top shape. This is a 400-lap race, which translates into 600 miles. Races on this type of track are usually around 350 laps. You wouldn't think another 50 laps would be a big deal but it is when you figure that it's another 100 miles. It's a tough test not only physically but mentally because you're really stretching your level of concentration."

* Dale Jarrett and the #88 Robert Yates Racing team have an impressive record in the Coca-Cola 600 with only one finish outside the top 10 (27th in 1997) in the last six spring events at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

* The #88 team's average finish in the Coca-Cola 600 since becoming a team in 1996 is 8th.

Jarrett To Host Open House At Dale Jarrett, Inc. Dale Jarrett is scheduled to sign autographs at his headquarters in Conover, N.C., Friday, May 24th as part of the open house that will take place all day. Approximately 800 armbands will be distributed to fans wanting to secure an autograph from Jarrett. Distribution of the armbands will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 23rd. Also as part of the open house, NASCAR Winston Cup driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will sign autographs at Dale Jarrett, Inc., beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 24th. Armbands are also required to guarantee an autograph.

UPS Celebrates Safe Driving
UPS takes time to recognize drivers who have gone 25 years or more without a single accident through its Circle of Honor program. The state of North Carolina has 51 drivers who are now members of the Circle of Honor program, with seven drivers in the Charlotte, Concord and Gastonia areas.

UPS teaches its more than 80,000 drivers to practice safe driving habits - UPS's Five Seeing Habits. UPS presented the Five Seeing Habits to the public along with Dale Jarrett during a satellite media tour last week. The Five Seeing Habits are 1.) Aim high in steering, 2.) Get the big picture, 3.) Keep your eyes moving, 4.) Leave yourself an out, and 5.) Make sure others can see you.


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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Jarrett , Robert Yates
Teams Yates Racing