Long Pond: Dale Jarrett race report

Dale Jarrett win at Pocono. * Third career victory at Pocono Raceway, first during the track's spring event. The first-place finish also gave Jarrett his sixth consecutive top-three finish in the Pocono 500. * Twenty-ninth career Winston Cup...

Dale Jarrett win at Pocono.

* Third career victory at Pocono Raceway, first during the track's spring event. The first-place finish also gave Jarrett his sixth consecutive top-three finish in the Pocono 500.

* Twenty-ninth career Winston Cup win and first this season for Jarrett.

* Sunday's win is the 24th career win for the #88 Robert Yates Racing team.

* Jarrett picked up one spot in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series point standings at Pocono. He is 76 points outside the top 10 and 441 points behind point-leader Sterling Marlin.

* Jarrett's last win in NASCAR Winston Cup racing was at New Hampshire International Speedway on July 22, 2001. The win Sunday broke the 30-race winless streak for the #88 team.

* The win at Pocono was the 51st NASCAR Winston Cup win for Robert Yates Racing.

* Jarrett's win also gave Yates Racing Motors its first win of 2002.

* Jarrett improved his overall race record at Pocono to three wins, eight top fives and nine top 10s.

* The ARCA Series raced at Pocono on Saturday prior to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Jarrett watched from atop the #88 UPS Racing hauler as son Jason raced to a second-place finish giving the Jarrett's a successful weekend at Pocono Raceway.

Jarrett's Post Race Quotes

On the win . . . It feels great. I've heard Mark Martin say it a number of times, and never really thought that much about it being true, but you get in a slump and you honestly wonder when and if another win is going to come. Being with a team such as what I'm with I knew we were going to work through these things, but just how long that's going to take you really don't know. I think in my mind I was okay with the fact that this could take a while before we get back to victory lane. But, it couldn't have happened at a better time for a lot of different reasons. For a driver to have a good mental picture of what you want to do and a good state of mind, a win sure helps all of that kind of fall into place. As much as we were looking forward to going to Michigan before today, now we wish it was probably two days away so we could continue this."

On Ricky Rudd's misfortune . . . "I don't think I could have, but I might have been able to catch Ricky right at the end, but we were so even. I would beat him five-hundredths or a tenth one lap and he would beat me a little bit the next lap. I might have been able to catch him but passing him would have been a completely different story. I've always said that if you're trying to win a race the hardest thing to do is try to chase down another Yates engine. I was going to be perfectly happy finishing second because if I'm going to finish second the guy I want to beat me is my teammate. That's two weeks in a row for those guys and it's very unfortunate, but, again we put ourselves in position to take advantage of that."

-ryr-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Sterling Marlin , Robert Yates , Mark Martin
Teams Yates Racing