"Track position is probably one of the most important things at New Hampshire. You can either get that by getting a good starting spot or playing out a good pit strategy. Both have worked for us in the past. New Hampshire is a tough track and ...
"Track position is probably one of the most important things at New Hampshire. You can either get that by getting a good starting spot or playing out a good pit strategy. Both have worked for us in the past. New Hampshire is a tough track and passing is tough there which makes it even more important to be up front. Three-hundred laps doesn't seem like a lot, but you work your tail off every lap."
-- Dale Jarrett on New Hampshire
Jarrett and Team Continue to Work for Better Race
The one-mile New Hampshire International Speedway has been a good track for Dale Jarrett and the #88 UPS Racing Team. The team hopes to capitalize off of past performance in Loudon.
"We know going into this weekend what it takes to get a good finish at Loudon," Jarrett said. "We know they've made some changes to the track there because of all the problems so many teams had last year so I'm anxious to see how that works out for us. It's a tough track, but we've performed well there in the past. Hopefully, we can make some progress this weekend since we're at a track that we feel like we know how to get around."
Jarrett has scored five straight top-10 finishes in the July race at New Hampshire.
In 16 starts at New Hampshire, Jarrett has seven top fives and 12 top 10s.
Jarrett will be racing the same car he raced at both the races at New Hampshire in 2002 where he finished third in July, and seventh in September.
Crew Chief Parker Compares New Hampshire to Martinsville
The #88 UPS Racing Team looks to capitalize on the two-day test they had in Milwaukee the week before the race in Chicago. Crew chief Shawn Parker however, believes New Hampshire's flat, one-mile track is not only comparable to Milwaukee, but to Martinsville Speedway's half-mile speedway as well.
"It's like a real big Martinsville," Parker said. "It has long straight-aways, and narrow turns which is very similar to Martinsville. The race at New Hampshire is why we went to Milwaukee for two days because those two tracks are very comparable in size. They're both flat tracks that have long straights. We know we have to get the car where it is good in the middle of the turn and not too loose when you come off the turn."
Pit strategy has come into play in the majority of the races at New Hampshire, and benefited the #88 UPS Racing Team in the 2002 July race where Jarrett finished third after stretching the fuel mileage on the UPS Ford. Parker says pit strategy plays a key role at a track like New Hampshire.
"Pit strategy is very important at New Hampshire because it is so hard to pass there," Parker said. "Track position and good work in the pits work hand-in-hand. There will be a lot of different scenarios play out whether teams take four tires, two tires or fuel only."