UPS Team Races to Dover in Isabel's Wake "Dover has to be one of the most physically challenging tracks we visit. Four hundred laps at Dover is a long race. It's hard to believe we used to race 500 laps there. It's a concrete track so it is...
UPS Team Races to Dover in Isabel's Wake
"Dover has to be one of the most physically challenging tracks we visit.
Four hundred laps at Dover is a long race. It's hard to believe we used
to race 500 laps there. It's a concrete track so it is going to be less
forgiving if you get in trouble. Another thingabout Dover is that it is a
handling race track and one where we will see tires wear a little more
than they do at other tracks. It's the type of race I look forward to
because it is more of an endurance race."
Dale Jarrett on Racing at Dover
Dover is welcome site for UPS Racing . . . With Hurricane Isabel baring down, NASCAR has amended the race schedule for the upcoming weekend by eliminating all track activity at Dover on Friday. The abbreviated schedule means both Winston Cup and Busch Series fields will be set according to current car owner points, putting the UPS Team 27th on the starting grid for Sunday's MBNA America 400. Despite the impending storm, the UPS Racing Team can't help but smile as they prepare for the upcoming race at Dover. Since the #88 team was formed in 1996, they have only posted finishes outside the top 15 on four occasions -- three of which were the result of an accident and engine failures. Behind the wheel of the #88 Fords, Jarrett has posted one win, nine top five and 10 top-10 finishes.
"This team has always performed well at Dover," Jarrett said. "We had a great car when we were here in June and were looking at a top-five finish and then we had a problem in the engine department. It's not often that we have those type of problems, it was just unfortunate that it happened when we were poised for a good finish. But that's how our season has been. We had good cars at Darlington and New Hampshire and got caught up in accidents that weren't of our making.
UPS Team Takes New Chassis Package to Dover . . . The UPS Racing Team's chassis program has went through a complete overhaul since the addition of Bill Riley to the team in July 2003. Riley's work on the chassis program has improved the UPS team's performance over the course of the last several weeks. Three weeks ago while in Darlington, crew chief Shawn Parker discussed the upcoming race at Dover and what plans were in place for the #88 UPS Racing Team.
"We're taking our Bristol car to Dover," Parker said in late August. "We're real excited about that. We had a very good car at Bristol and we had a real good car at Dover in June but obviously we've learned some stuff since then and hopefully it will all apply. The cars we were racing and passing at Dover in June actually finished third in the race. I think we could have had a real good day there but it was unfortunate that we had an engine problem. With the things we've put together with Bill Riley's chassis, and the new front-end geometry we've been applying we should have a good weekend at Dover."
Jason Burdett Will Lead UPS Team in Dover . . . Jason Burdett, car chief on the #88 UPS Racing Team, will provide direction for the team this weekend in Shawn Parker's absence.