#88 Team heads West for first time in '03
"Las Vegas is one of the cities I always look forward to visiting.
The track itself is a great track for racing. It has a real wide, flat
surface and we'll probably see a lot of side-by-side racing. Our
finish last year was better than we had ran, but I'm looking
forward to this year's race. It's a new year and we've
improved as a team and as an organization. Hopefully everyone we'll
see both Robert Yates Racing cars at the front of the field a lot this
Dale Jarrett on racing at Las Vegas
Team UPS Will Rely On Brad Parrott Vegas Know-How . . . The #88 UPS Racing team has scored three straight top-10 finishes at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. While the team finished seventh at Las Vegas in 2002, it was a hard-fought battle as Jarrett and company struggled with the handling on the car during the race weekend. Crew chief Brad Parrott led Jeff Burton to a win from the pole during the 2002 NASCAR Busch Series race at the 1.5-mile tri-oval.
"When it comes down to it everything at Las Vegas goes back to four springs and four shocks," Parrott said. "We'll have a lot to do because the bodies are different than last year. We went to Kentucky back in January to test and it was a fair test. We learned some things that we'll need to change and then there are some other areas we need to work on."
Jarrett Scores Win #1 Of 2003 At The Rock . . . Jarrett raced his way to the first win of the season for the #88 UPS Racing team last weekend at the North Carolina Speedway. It was the 31st win of his career, and the first win for crew chief Brad Parrott. Jarrett has now won at least one race each of the last 11 seasons, the longest streak among active drivers. Jarrett attributes the win to an overall team performance by RYR.
"We made a lot of changes in the off season, and probably one of the biggest was moving Doug Yates to the General Manger position," Jarrett said. "It's nothing against Robert because he's a wonderful owner and I wouldn't want to drive for anyone else. Doug brought new people in, moved people around and really put these two teams in a position to work well together. I can't say enough about the way that Brad and our guys have worked with the 38 group so far. They've done a really good job of communicating. At Daytona it was just unbelievable how much talking went back and forth between the two teams to help us get cars that would run there. So I think this is a glimpse of what we're going to be able to do. Again, the credit goes to all the guys, but especially Doug Yates."
Jarrett To Make 500th Cup Start In Darlington . . . The 2003 NASCAR season continues and Jarrett draws even closer to making the 500th start of his NASCAR Winston Cup Series career. Jarrett makes career start number 500 in three weeks at Darlington Raceway.