UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest * The Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway (LMS) marks Dale Jarrett's 40th career start at the 1.5-mile track that is considered the "hometown" track of the Hickory, N.C., native as well as a handful ...
UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest
* The Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway (LMS) marks Dale Jarrett's 40th career start at the 1.5-mile track that is considered the "hometown" track of the Hickory, N.C., native as well as a handful of other drivers that compete in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.
* Jarrett goes into this weekend's race at LMS with a trio of wins at the Concord -- based track. The driver of the UPS Ford earned two of his three Charlotte wins during the track's 500-mile race that has historically taken place during the month of October.
* In addition to three wins at LMS, Jarrett has scored 11 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes in his previous 39 starts.
Jarrett Discusses Racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway
Is the race at Charlotte a nice break during the last stretch of races?
"It's a great break especially for the crews. It's a tough stretch of racing we start in early August without a weekend off in between that time and the end of the season. Even though we're spending long days at the track, everyone gets to go home and sleep in their own bed at the end of the day. Then it also helps with this race being a Saturday night race because it gives everyone a chance to go home and get up for a full day off on Sunday. We only have five more weekends of racing after this and I think it is a chance for everyone to charge their batteries just a bit. It's not the same as a weekend off but it's the closest thing to it."
Are you starting to see an improvement in performance for the UPS Team?
"Well we're definitely seeing an improvement in our finishes. We're down to six races to go and we're by no means where we need to be to be competitive but there has been improvement. I think Butch (Hylton) and the team of guys on this 88 team are working well together and making the most of each and every race. My greatest wish for this team is to leave it in as good a standing as possible so that when 2007 comes around that they're ready to go and that we're a better team than what we started this year, and most of the year. I think we're on that track. I think it's very important that right now we show, and we have over the last few weeks, some improvement."