DALE JARRETT-88-UPS Taurus (qualified 2nd) "It doesn't take long to get around here anymore. A great lap. We had a fast car from the very beginning, right off the truck. This is the same car that we won both of our races with this year, so ...
DALE JARRETT-88-UPS Taurus (qualified 2nd)
"It doesn't take long to get around here anymore. A great lap. We had a fast car from the very beginning, right off the truck. This is the same car that we won both of our races with this year, so obviously we have a very good car. If anything, I'd like to go back and go through three and four again, I think that might be where I lost a little bit of time to Rusty. But he made a great lap. It was very close. The new tire that we have seems to really be good, so looking forward to Sunday."
HOW WERE THE CONDITIONS, AND HOW WILL THAT AFFECT YOUR PLANS FOR SUNDAY?
"Obviously, we're going to need to get some time on the race track. It seems like we already have more rubber down on the race track than what we've seen here in the past. Obviously, that goes with the tire that we have here. I think it's going to make for better racing. Obviously, we're going to have faster times when we had new tires on, how much we slow down is going to be interesting to see tomorrow. We didn't have much fall-off here earlier this year, but the tire was harder and we didn't quite go as fast. But the team or teams that are going to run up front are going to be the ones that can make that balance work to where maybe you don't have that fastest lap, but you don't fall off a lot, either."
YOU DRIVE WELL HERE. WHAT'S THE SECRET?
"It's like anywhere. You've got to have a good race car. And handling, there's the key. You gotta be smooth around this place. It's easy to overdrive this race track. I raced with a couple of guys years ago that taught me a lot about this, Harry Gant and Dale Earnhardt. And even though they were a little different in their styles and what you always thought about Dale Earnhardt is being the hard charger, you could race with him here and you could see if the track changed and watch him change his driving style, and Harry Gant was a lot the same way. I think they showed me what was important about running well here and so I've tried to, every time that we've raced here you try to make your car get that feel as to where you know that it's going to be important to go fast. And that's not always driving off real far into the corner, so that's what I'm going to try to do."
WHAT THE PREFERRED LINE DURING THE RACE?
"Generally, you want to make the track as short as you possible can, but with the new tire, we'll have to see. With the new compound, we'll just have see exactly what happens. You generally start making a little bit of diamond out of this, not a whole lot. You watch Tony Stewart run here a couple years ago, it was right around the bottom every single lap. That's the shortest way around, but you've got to have a good handling car and know that when you're down there that you're not abusing the tires. I think this is a race track that throughout the 400 miles you have to play a little bit with. You'll be on the bottom at times, maybe move up a lane or two and I have seen guys that run really well, get up a couple of lanes here. And by putting rubber down now, which we weren't really here in the past for the last couple of races, I think you're probably going to see more grooves."