Ford Racing - Dale Jarrett interview

Jarrett seeks first "The Winston" victory. Dale Jarrett, driver of the No. 88 UPS Taurus, is still looking for his first win in NASCAR's all-star race -- but he's getting closer. Jarrett, who has finished second each of the last two years,...

Jarrett seeks first "The Winston" victory.

Dale Jarrett, driver of the No. 88 UPS Taurus, is still looking for his first win in NASCAR's all-star race -- but he's getting closer. Jarrett, who has finished second each of the last two years, spoke about this year's event and the new format.

DALE JARRETT --88-- UPS Taurus

DO YOU FEEL YOU'RE GETTING CLOSE TO WINNING THIS THING?

"I guess, but there aren't many people who probably remember who finishes second in that race because that's not what it's about at all. The Winston is a race to win, and it's bragging rights. Obviously, there's a lot of money involved, but I think we look at it more from the aspect that it's bragging rights for our team. It's about winners being involved in a race and competing against everybody else who has won at least once. We have had better success recently than what we did in the beginning, so, hopefully we are getting there."

IN LOOKING AT THE RECORD BOOK, YOU'VE BEEN FORCED TO THE GARAGE EARLY FOUR TIMES AFTER BEING INVOLVED IN ACCIDENTS IN THAT RACE. THIS EVENT LEADS ITSELF TO DRIVERS TAKING MORE CHANCES, DOESN'T IT?

"Yeah, it does, and it's really all or nothing. You're either fortunate to miss the accident that happened and give yourself a chance to win or you're involved in it. That's just the nature of the race. You know that going in and you just hope that everybody comes out of it okay."

SO WINNING $750,000 WOULD HELP OUT YOUR AVERAGE EARNINGS IN THAT EVENT?

"It certainly would help in that area and it's a nice little purse. Obviously, it's always been very competitive and a little different in the way that you run. Now it's totally different. I mean, you have to run good in the first two segments to even have a chance to win, so that is gonna make this a real challenge and a lot different from previous years. You've got to finish in the top 20 in the first segment and you've got to get into the top 10 in the next segment. There's probably gonna be a battle for the lead because each one of those segments pays enough money to be doing that, but the real battle is probably gonna be back around the 10th and 20th spots in those two segments."

IF YOU START 30TH IN THAT FIRST SEGMENT, YOU'VE GOT YOUR WORK CUT OUT?

"Yeah, you're gonna definitely have to go hard and it's gonna be interesting to watch everybody maneuver."

-ford-

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