Daytona Shootout: Dale Jarrett preview

UPS Team Goes for Four on Saturday MOORESVILLE, N.C., (February 7, 2006) ----- The 2006 Budweiser Shootout marks the 28th running of the annual race of the "fastest" which features the previous season's pole winners and previous winners of ...

UPS Team Goes for Four on Saturday

MOORESVILLE, N.C., (February 7, 2006) ----- The 2006 Budweiser Shootout marks the 28th running of the annual race of the "fastest" which features the previous season's pole winners and previous winners of the event. Dale Jarrett and the #88 UPS Racing Team prepares to participate in their 11th Budweiser Shootout. Jarrett double qualified for the event having captured the Bud Pole Award for the 2005 Daytona 500 and as a former winner of the annual Budweiser Shootout.

As a three-time winner of the event, Jarrett leads all active drivers in the most wins category with his most recent win in the event occurring in the 2004 edition of the 70-lap dash. While a win in the annual race is not a point-awarding victory, it is a win nonetheless and one that Jarrett believes should be cherished.

"I think this race is special because there are only a select group of guys who get to participate in this race," Jarrett said. "Anytime you get to participate in something that has a limited number of entrants among the best drivers in the world, then you know you have accomplished something."

Jarrett's three wins in the Budweiser Shootout occurred in 2004, 2000 and 1996, the latter of which was his first time in the unofficial first event of the season. After winning the 1996 and 2000 Bud Shootout events, Jarrett went on to pick up wins one week later in the Daytona 500.

"This is a fun event and one that I've been fortunate to win a few times," Jarrett added. "A good run in the Bud Shootout doesn't guarantee a good run in the Daytona 500, but it is a nice indicator that this part of the program is at least headed in the right direction."

Dale Jarrett Discusses the Budweiser Shootout

Is there any kind of advantage to competing in this event when it comes to getting ready for the rest of Speed Weeks?

"It certainly doesn't hurt. Does it give you a clear advantage? It's hard to say. I mean, the extra seat time is always good to have and I think there are things you can learn by participating in that race that the teams who aren't competing don't have the opportunity to learn. But, there is a lot of track times during Speed Weeks and the teams not participating in the Shootout certainly have plenty of time to learn some things and get ready. I think more than anything, this is our first opportunity to see how our cars are going to handle in the draft in actual race conditions. We have been to the test but it's not an actual race and this is so that's probably the biggest advantage."

Is this an event you go into with a strategy or is it a game of wait and see?

"I think it is both. We know going in we have to make a green flag pit stop and we know what our fuel window is. But, so does everyone else and we all end up trying to do the same thing and so it becomes a situation where you kind of get forced to do what the guys running around you are planning to do. We've been fortunate to be running at the end of all the Shootouts that we've raced in and that is going to be important Saturday night. Obviously we'll try to work together with out teammate (Elliott Sadler and the #38 M&M'S Team) as much as possible to get to the front and give Robert Yates Racing a chance to win. I think all Ford teams will be of the same mind set in that we want to be the team to give Fusion its first win and that is definitely our goal Saturday night."

Chassis 60

Chassis 60 is the car the UPS Racing Team competes with during this weekend's Budweiser Shootout. Chassis 60 is a brand new chassis for Team UPS.

-ryr-

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