UPS Team Travels to Dover with Changes MOORESVILLE, N.C., (September 20, 2005) ----- Dale Jarrett and the UPS Racing Team travel to Dover International Speedway for this weekend's MBNA Racepoints 400 with a new car and new crew chief. Todd...
UPS Team Travels to Dover with Changes
MOORESVILLE, N.C., (September 20, 2005) ----- Dale Jarrett and the UPS Racing Team travel to Dover International Speedway for this weekend's MBNA Racepoints 400 with a new car and new crew chief. Todd Parrott is back atop the team's pit box and the car Jarrett is racing is one in which his teammate Elliott Sadler competed earlier this season at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Dover, and Michigan. This marks the first time Parrott has served in the crew chief role for Jarrett and the UPS Team since the final race of the 2002 NASCAR season at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The UPS team started 14th and finished 23rd at Dover in June, after enduring a pit road penalty for speeding during the final laps of the event. Jarrett finished fourth in this event one year ago, having started from the 11th position on the starting grid.
Jarrett and Parrott, along with car owner Robert Yates and general manager Eddie D'Hondt will be made available for questions at 9 a.m. EDT this Friday in the infield media center at Dover International Speedway. Media members interested in discussing the personnel changes at Robert Yates Racing should be in attendance of that question and answer session as it is the only time they will be made available to discuss the personnel changes during the weekend.
Dale Jarrett Discusses Racing at Dover
Is there anything in particular you need to do to perform well at Dover?
"It's the same as anything. With the way the cars are today, a driver can only be as good as the car. You have to start with a good handling race car. That's the key. If you don't have that at the start of the race, there is time to get the car handling well, but you're starting a little behind the eight ball. In addition to a good handling car, you need to have solid equipment. Dover can be very tough on equipment. That seems to be the one thing this team has had in its favor this season, is that our equipment, from the engine to the transmission to the brakes and everything else, has been solid, consistent and has been what we need to get to the end of these races."
Do you consider Dover a multi-groove track?
"It is to the extent that you can run side-by-side and make passes. The track has changed over the years, but the quickest way around there has typically been the bottom groove. It's the shortest way around that track so it only makes sense that it would be the quickest. Having said that, you have to have a good handling car to be able to do that and know that you're not abusing the tires because that's easy to do at Dover. 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 at Dover. As the weekend goes on, more and more rubber tends to build up with the practices we run and with the Busch race, so that tends to help in dictating the lane that develops and is preferred."
Is there any kind of strategy that you plan before race time?
"Obviously the big thing is surviving at Dover because when you crash there it tends to be big. It's not too often that you wreck at Dover and have minimal damage. Trying to miss something at Dover is hit and miss. You hope that you miss it, but things happen quickly there and there's very little room to take evasive action. You just hope you can get through it, and if you can get through those initial few laps, then it's about positioning yourself for the final 100 to 50 miles."
Notes of Interest
* In 37 starts at Dover, Jarrett has 12 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes. Additionally, he has started from the pole position twice, sweeping the Bud Pole Award for both Dover races during the 2001 NASCAR season.
* Jarrett has one win at Dover. He picked up his lone Dover win during the spring of 1998, leading the final eight laps to win at the Monster Mile.
Chassis 47 is the car the team is racing this weekend at Dover International Speedway. It is not a new car for Robert Yates Racing, but is a new car for Jarrett and the UPS Team. The car was raced by Elliott Sadler and the #38 M&M'S® Racing Team this season. It is the car Sadler raced at Lowe's Motor Speedway in both the All-Star event and the Coca-Cola 600.