Robert Yates Racing driver Dale Jarrett has a best finish of fourth at Martinsville this season. He has 4 top-10s and is currently 15th in points. Although some drivers would love to be in shoes, DJ is far from happy. "Those aren't the numbers...
Robert Yates Racing driver Dale Jarrett has a best finish of fourth at Martinsville this season. He has 4 top-10s and is currently 15th in points. Although some drivers would love to be in shoes, DJ is far from happy.
"Those aren't the numbers that we're accustomed to putting up. Obviously we're trying to remedy that situation. It's just a matter of communication, hard work and effort."
Although the 1999 Winston Cup champion is unhappy with his season so far, he knows he's one of the lucky ones and feels drivers occasionally take their careers for granted.
"I think we tend to forget just how special the opportunities are that we have. There are only 43 of us that get to start these races each week. And you think of the thousands and hundreds of thousands of drivers there are around this country and we're the 43 that are picked. That's a pretty special seat."
Jarrett says the major cause for the pressure is NASCAR's continual growth. "With our sport getting more exposure now, it also brings added pressure to perform and I think that starts the ball rolling a lot sooner. I think it shows the amount of pressure that is involved with this and just how precious these spots in these cars are."
With Jarrett in touch with his pride in his team, the only thing left to do is to get back into the Championship form he's had the past few years. "There's only so much work you can do sitting inside this race shop analyzing what you need to do. We have to get out to the racetrack a little bit more and put that time that we spend on the track testing to good use."
Maybe driving the big brown truck would help the 88 team get stronger finishes? The three-time Daytona 500 winner says with a laugh, "no, we don't discuss that much here. We get enough of that from the outside. We haven't talked about that."