"Kansas hasn't been good to this team in our first two races there. We were in an accident not of our own making the first year while running in the top 10 and then we lost a motor early in the race last year. So, our record doesn't look too good...
"Kansas hasn't been good to this team in our first two races there. We were in an accident not of our own making the first year while running in the top 10 and then we lost a motor early in the race last year. So, our record doesn't look too good going into this weekend's race. We did spend two days testing there before Talladega and feel like we're taking a good racecar to Kansas this weekend. Hopefully, the third time's the charm for us."
--Dale Jarrett on Racing at Kansas
DJ Hopes 3rd Time's the Charm at Kansas
Jarrett Looks to Change His Luck at Kansas . . .
Dale Jarrett's record at Kansas Speedway does not reflect the way the UPS Racing Team has performed at the 1.5-mile tri-oval. Despite finishes of 39th in 2002 and 30th in 2001, Jarrett believes the team is capable of posting better finishes. Jarrett was running in the top 10 during both previous races at Kansas before getting caught up in an accident in 2001, and then losing a motor in 2002. Information gathered at a recent test also makes Jarrett optimistic about this weekend's Banquet 400.
"Kansas hasn't been good for us but our finishes really don't reflect the way we have run there in the past," Jarrett explained. "We tested Kansas for two days and really learned some things that should help us in qualifying because that's an area we have struggled with this season. There were about 12 or 13 other teams at Kansas when we tested and we feel like we left there very comparable with what everyone else did so that makes me look forward to this weekend. We just need to get a little luck on our side. We've been competitive both times we've raced at Kansas but don't have the finishes to prove it so if we can get better luck on our side we should be able to see positive results this weekend."
UPS Team to Race New Car at Kansas . . .
The UPS Racing Team will field a new car this weekend at Kansas. Chassis #116 makes it Winston Cup Series debut in this weekend's Banquet 400. Although the car has yet to be raced, it is a car the team has used at various tests during the 2003 NASCAR season. Crew chief Shawn Parker is optimistic about the weekend's race.
"This is still going to be a race that's about track position and fuel mileage," Parker explained. "In the past there has really only been one racing groove and that's what we saw at the test. We still really don't see much of a second groove. We're hoping that by the time the Busch cars practice and race and with Winston Cup practice there will be a little more rubber build-up for a second groove. Our race set-up should be good with what we learned at Kansas so we feel pretty good about this week's race."
Jarrett to Appear at Kansas Speedway Speed Fest . . .
Jarrett is one of a handful of Ford drivers that will sign autographs at the SpeedFest presented by the Midwest Ford Dealers at Kansas Speedway on Friday, October 3rd. Jarrett is scheduled to sign autographs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. CST.