UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest Dale Jarrett will make his 40th career Dover International Speedway start during this weekend's Dover 400. In his 39 previous starts at Dover, Jarrett has one win, 12 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes.
UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest
Dale Jarrett will make his 40th career Dover International Speedway start during this weekend's Dover 400.
In his 39 previous starts at Dover, Jarrett has one win, 12 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes. Additionally, he has won the Bud Pole one time while sitting on the outside pole for two races.
Dover has been a feast or famine kind of track for Jarrett. While Jarrett has scored 12 top-five finishes at Dover, the unforgiving track has also delivered 12 DNFs to the driver of the UPS Ford Fusion.
Despite having 12 DNFs at Dover, Jarrett has been running at the end of the race at Dover during the last 10 fall races at the "Monster Mile."
Jarrett has led at least one lap during 12 different Nextel Cup races at Dover for a total of 545 laps led at Dover.
Jarrett scored his lone Dover win during the track's spring race in 1998. He started fourth and led only eight laps in route to the win.
Dale Jarrett Discusses Racing at Dover International Speedway
What makes this track so unforgiving?
"There probably isn't any one thing but a combination of things. First it's one of only two concrete tracks where we race and that affects a number of things and the way you go about preparing the car. It's also a track that is really tough on equipment. I know we've had issues there before a number of times with part failures whether it is with the engine or other parts. This is a tough, tough track on engines just because of the amount of speed you carry around that place. Then, if you happen to get caught up in an accident at Dover, it's usually not that easy to come back from a Dover accident. There aren't many minor incidents at Dover. A lot of times, we're dealing with more than just cosmetic damage when an accident takes place there, and more often than not, it ends a team's day. Then as the cars have changed and tires have changed, it seems some teams have had problems adapting to those changes and that creates a whole other set of problems and it all adds up to drivers being forced to be patient and keep their noses clean for 400 miles to leave Dover with a decent finish."
You've been in a number of point races so what are the top 10 guys thinking about as the season winds down?
"I can't begin to compare the pressure of having 10 guys battling for a title like they are in the Chase because I haven't experienced that and it has to be different than having just two or maybe three guys battling it out as the year winds down. The one thing that has to be the same though is you can't worry about what the other guys are doing because you can't control that. You have to continue what got you there. You've got to continue to race, you have to continue to race hard. Certainly, you try to keep yourself out of spots that could create problems for you, but that's what you've done all year to get yourself in this position. The guys probably aren't going to sleep quite as much, thinking about different things. You start looking at tracks a little bit differently. But, at the end of the day they're going to continue to do what got them in that position."