DALE JARRETT-88-UPS Taurus (finished 3rd) "A good race. I think we stayed in the top five the majority of the day. We had a good race car, we just never could make the car really neutral. We either were loose off the corner or too tight through...
DALE JARRETT-88-UPS Taurus (finished 3rd)
"A good race. I think we stayed in the top five the majority of the day. We had a good race car, we just never could make the car really neutral. We either were loose off the corner or too tight through the center, and every time we'd try to fix each of those, we made a problem. So, there at the end, our last stop, we made an adjustment. We'd been too tight through the center, that's where Jimmy was beating me and we felt like we needed to try to make an adjustment, so we tried something a little different than what we had been doing throughout the day in trying to help the car to cut, but what we did, we made it cut but it was just too loose off the corner. So, just giving up too much ground there."
HOW DID THE TRACK CHANGE FROM START TO FINISH?
"It didn't change a lot. There were times that, especially earlier, the first half of the race, the middle and upper grooves seemed to work pretty good. But, the last half the race you had to be on the bottom to keep up and to run fast. The tires were excellent. We saw wear, but nothing excessive as long as you stayed within the parameters of Goodyear's recommended pressures, everything was okay."
DID YOU HAVE ANY TROUBLE WITH LAPPED TRAFFIC AT THE END?
"Not really. Those guys are racing, too, and this is a wide enough track. The majority of them motioned you which way you wanted to go or you could see where they were running as you came up to 'em, and you just had to choose. So, no, it was really any problem."
ON THE NEW TIRE.
"Everything was good. There was more grip, it put down more rubber on the track than what we've seen in the past. At the beginning of the race and the first 100, 150, you had two or three grooves that you could work in, and you had that all day. Just the last half of the race, the bottom of the race track was the fastest way around. But the tires worked excellent. They were quick on starts, fell off a little bit, but as you could see, the guys that had their handling figured out and didn't abuse the tires early were able to continue on a good pace. So, everything worked great."
ON HIS SUCCESS AT DOVER.
"I agree. A fast car is one that you can pretty much hustle around here and do what you want to with it, and that's how you go fast. If you have it one way or the other, that's just going to slow the car down, that's the majority of the time. I mean, there have been probably races won here on fuel mileage and the fastest guy didn't win, but the majority of the time that's what you have."