Loudon: Dale Jarrett preview

UPS Team Looks to Rekindle Loudon Success CHARLOTTE, N.C., (July 20, 2004) ---- New Hampshire International Speedway has been good to Dale Jarrett and the ...

UPS Team Looks to Rekindle Loudon Success

CHARLOTTE, N.C., (July 20, 2004) ---- New Hampshire International Speedway has been good to Dale Jarrett and the #88 UPS Team and it may be just what the team needs. After taking a break last weekend on the final weekend off of the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season, the UPS Team is ready to get back to business. Jarrett and the UPS Team have made great progress since the "summer swing" of events started in June, and the team is eager to continue down the path that they believe will lead them back to victory lane in NEXTEL Cup competition.

With only eight races remaining until the final 10-race Chase for the Championship begins, the UPS Team currently sits 90 points out of 10th place. Jarrett has one win at the Magic Mile and hopes to add to his record there this weekend, which would also help further the team's goal of making the "Chase." It is getting down to the wire for teams to put together an effort that will get them into the top 10 to compete for the NEXTEL Cup Championship. Jarrett believes the key thing the UPS Team has in its favor is momentum.

"If we have picked up something during the last month other than a competitive racing package it is a lot of momentum," Jarrett said of the UPS Team's performance over the last six races. "We have found a combination now that we want to work with as far as chassis and bodies on the race cars are concerned. The pit crew has really stepped up and put together some great stops the last couple weeks and we have great work in the pits as far as adjustments are concerned. If we are going to be able to entertain the idea of being in the Chase for the Championship then now is the time to do it."

Dale Jarrett Discusses Racing at New Hampshire

What makes this team successful at New Hampshire?

"New Hampshire is a track that, for whatever reason, has suited my driving style. We have always seemed to run well there once it came time to race. I think another thing this team has been good at is developing a strategy that has put us in position to finish well. Track position is extremely important at New Hampshire because it isn't the type of track where there is a lot of two-wide racing. If you don't qualify well, then you have to be able to compensate on pit road with good pit work and adjustments which is what we have been able to do at New Hampshire the last couple years."

Many drivers and teams consider New Hampshire a tough track. What makes it so?

"New Hampshire is a tough track. Even though it is only 300 miles, drivers work their tails off every lap if they are going to have any kind of success. One of the things that have been difficult about New Hampshire in the past is passing. There isn't a lot of room for cars to get two-wide other than when you're going down the straights. Then it is almost a matter of out-breaking the other guys once you get into the corners. This track requires a lot of concentration. You have to pay attention to what the guy in front of you is doing and figure out his weak spot and then make that work to your own advantage. The last couple times we raced at New Hampshire the track had gotten wider because of some repaving they had done there, so hopefully that will have gotten even better."

Notes of Interest

* Jarrett has one win at New Hampshire in 18 NEXTEL Cup starts at the one-mile, flat track.

* Jarrett has six consecutive top-10 finishes at New Hampshire during the track's July event including one win and three top fives.

* In 18 starts at the "Magic Mile" Jarrett has only five finishes outside the top 10.

* In 18 starts at New Hampshire, Jarrett only has one DNF. He failed to finish the fall race in 2003 after being collected in an accident that damaged the UPS Ford beyond repair.

* With approximately $1,447,235 in earnings at New Hampshire, Jarrett is third on the track's top 20 money winners list.

Chassis 26
The #88 UPS Racing Team will race a new car this weekend with Chassis 26. Chassis 26 is a chassis that has been built in-house at Robert Yates Racing.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Robert Yates