Daytona II: Dale Jarrett preview

Team UPS Ready for Fresh Start in Daytona "I think that Daytona under the lights is something that is really exciting. It has to be considered one of the most exciting events we have just because it's amazing to think of that place lit up and...

Team UPS Ready for Fresh Start in Daytona

"I think that Daytona under the lights is something that is really exciting. It has to be considered one of the most exciting events we have just because it's amazing to think of that place lit up and with 43 cars on the track. I've always said that racing at night makes everything appear to be a little more spectacular. It's fun racing here at night. When you throw in the fact that it's the Fourth of July weekend I think that just adds to what makes the event truly special. Hopefully, the weather will stay pretty good and we'll get qualifying and the race in as scheduled."
    Dale Jarrett on Daytona under the lights

Team UPS Looks to Start Fresh at Daytona . . . Dale Jarrett returns to the Daytona International Speedway where earlier this season he finished 10th in the rain-shortened Daytona 500. Since the season started, however, Jarrett has managed only three top-10 finishes in a very uncharacteristic season for the #88 UPS team. With a weekend off, the #88 UPS team looks to start anew with this weekend's Pepsi 400 at Daytona.

"I think it goes without saying that this has been a tough year for me and this team," Jarrett said. "I don't need to recount the various problems we've had, and the changes we've made. The last couple weeks before the weekend off were tough. But, we've had a weekend off and I know I feel ready to just start the year over. Obviously, we've had to readjust our goals and objectives for the season. We need to get back to finishing in the top 10, and then in the top five and then hopefully, we'll get back to victory lane. We certainly have our work cut out for us, but I'm not giving up neither is this team nor is Robert or Doug Yates. We have the people to get the job done, and I'm really looking forward to the next 20 races."

"Obviously, we're going to a place that I consider very special," Jarrett continued. "I've done well at Daytona in the past and this team has done well there in the past. The team has put a lot of time into the restrictor-plate program and hopefully we'll see a result from all that effort on Saturday night."

Team UPS Returns to Daytona with 500 Car . . . Jarrett will compete in this weekend's race with the same car he finished 10th with at Daytona in February. Crew chief Shawn Parker says changes made to the body of the car should help the team replicate its February performance, if not improve it.

"We've changed the body of the car," Parker explained. "We've found some things that should help the car in the draft. We feel a little more confidant going into this race with those changes. Obviously going in we know that the DEI cars are the ones to beat since they've won eight of the last ten restrictor-plate races. I think we have one of the best plate racers with DJ, so hopefully we can give him the equipment, pit stops and strategy he needs to get to victory lane."

UPS to Unveil Special Paint Scheme at Daytona USA . . . UPS will announce plans this weekend to run a special paint scheme later in the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup season. The announcement is scheduled to take place at 3 p.m. EST, on Friday, July 4th at the front entrance to Daytona USA.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Shawn Parker