Dale Jarrett - Notes & Quotes Pennzoil 400 - Nov. 14, 1999 The last time Dale Jarrett visited the Miami-Homestead (Fla.) Speedway was in 1995, his first trip as well as the inaugural NASCAR Busch Series race. He started 26th for that race and...
Dale Jarrett - Notes & Quotes Pennzoil 400 - Nov. 14, 1999
The last time Dale Jarrett visited the Miami-Homestead (Fla.) Speedway was in 1995, his first trip as well as the inaugural NASCAR Busch Series race. He started 26th for that race and emerged as the race winner. It's been four years since that win and Jarrett, along with his Quality Care Service/Ford Credit team, travel to the mile-and-a-half oval trying to accomplish a goal they set four years ago - becoming NASCAR's Winston Cup Champions. With a 231-point lead over second place Bobby Labonte, Jarrett can do just that with an eighth place finish or better ( needs to gain 140 points at Homestead). The car that the team tested and is prepared to race on Sunday has quite a record. In the 19 races it has competed in, it has finished out of the top 10 twice - Darlington ('96) and earlier this season in Las Vegas. It has led 1,023 laps and has won $1,633,898. It has visited victory lane five times beginning with two wins in 1996 - Charlotte and Michigan and three wins in 1997 - Atlanta, Darlington and Pocono. In 1999, the car has raced three times - Las Vegas (11th), Dover (5th) and the second Dover (3rd).
In 1999, Jarrett has collected four wins (Richmond, Michigan-June, Daytona-July and Indianapolis-Brickyard 400), 22 top-five finishes and 27 top-10s. He has led 1,043 laps. The following are his thoughts and comments on this weekend's race at Homestead:
"It would be pretty special to be the first winner of the inaugural Busch Series race and the first Winston Cup race there. The race track is very unique in that we don't have a flat mile-and-a-half race track that we race on. All of the tracks that we race on, this one has some of the longest corners and with them being flat, they seem that much longer. It's a tough race track to negotiate. It's tough to race side-by-side with the flat corners. I think what you'll see are guys setting each other up trying to make the passes coming off. You have to work hard to get your car to handle through the corners. Obviously, getting off the corners is very important to be able to utilize the straightaway.
"It's a great facility and should be a fun race. This is something new for everybody. We went down and tested a couple of weeks ago trying to get a leg up on everyone.
"If we do what we're capable of, we should be in good shape. We still have two races left and we're going at them trying to win. We certainly don't want to give up here at the end of the season, but the championship is awfully important. That's the value of having someone like a Robert Yates, who has been there before to help Todd (Parrott) and myself and the rest of the guys. He's guided us and between all of us, we're a pretty good mix. We race hard but we haven't put ourselves on the edge."