MOORESVILLE, N.C., (July 12, 2005) ----- Dale Jarrett and the ...
MOORESVILLE, N.C., (July 12, 2005) ----- Dale Jarrett and the #88 UPS Racing Team return to New Hampshire International Speedway as a former winner at the flat one-mile track more affectionately referred to as the "magic mile." With 14 top-10 finishes at the one-mile track, Jarrett leads all active drivers in that category. Jarrett's affinity for New Hampshire is a direct result of the team's success at the "magic mile."
"It's hard to not like a place where you run well," Jarrett explained. "A good day at New Hampshire is the result of good pit work, great strategy and patience. We've been pretty fortunate to have a decent combination of all three and it has paid off for us when we're racing there."
While there is no magical combination that has led to the success the team has experienced at Loudon, crew chief Bill Wilburn explained that there are a few elements that are key to a successful outing at the New England-based track.
"Track position and pit strategy," Wilburn said in regards to what makes a team successful at New Hampshire. "Unless you start up front, then you have to be willing to do things a little different than what the leaders are doing. That means taking two tires or even staying out when other teams elect to pit. You just have to be on your toes with your pit calls and hope that the cautions go your way. It is definitely a track where anyone can win given the right circumstances and pit strategy."
"This track can be tough at times," Wilburn added. "It's kind of a finicky place. It can be tough on brakes but track position and avoiding the accidents are key because when you wreck at New Hampshire you tend to hit pretty hard."
Jarrett Discusses Racing at New Hampshire International Speedway
Why do you believe you have always been so consistent at New Hampshire?
"It's funny to say that we're one of the more consistent teams at New Hampshire. For whatever reason, since I joined Robert Yates Racing driving the #28 car in 1995, New Hampshire is just one of the tracks where this team has excelled as far as putting together solid efforts from the race cars to the strategy. I don't think we've ever been looked at as favorites for wins at New Hampshire like a Jeff Burton is or even a Jeff Gordon, but it is a track at which we have always been able to perform well. I think it has been a combination of having good mechanical set up and that we've always been able to utilize strategy to our advantage and take chances where some other teams maybe haven't."
Why does this race seem much longer than 300 miles?
"This is a tough track. I think it's one of our, if not the only 300-mile race we have. But 300 laps around New Hampshire sure seems like it takes a lot longer. It's tough on equipment and it's tough on the driver. The long straight-aways require a lot of horsepower and you tend to use a lot of brake getting into the corners. You're going hard like that for 300 laps straight. It's a track where position is everything because it hasn't always been the easiest place to make passes. As a driver you have to be really focused and concentrate on what is going on around the race car to make the most of each lap. I think one of the things that help at a track like New Hampshire is exercising patience and taking care of your car and tires so that you're ready to take advantage of the people in front of you when the handling goes away on their cars."
Notes of Interest
* Jarrett has one career win at New Hampshire, in addition to seven top-five and 14 top-10 finishes.
* In 20 starts at New Hampshire, Jarrett has only six finishes outside the top 10.
* Jarrett Participates in Amazon.com 10th Anniversary Special Deliveries by UPS. Jarrett, along with fellow driver Kasey Kahne, participated in a special celebrity delivery on Tuesday, July 12th in Huntersville, N.C., as part of a special anniversary program by Amazon.com. Amazon.com has coordinated special deliveries throughout the United States with the help of UPS. Other celebrities that have been featured to date include tennis star Anna Kournikova, actors Michael J. Fox, Jason Alexander and Minnie driver, as well as singer/songwriter Nick Lachey. Photos of the delivery in which Jarrett is participating will be available on U.S. Newswire beginning Thursday, July 14th.
Chassis 37 is the car Jarrett is racing during this weekend's race at New Hampshire. This is the first time that Jarrett will race Chassis 37. It is a car that was provided to the UPS Team from the fleet of cars belonging to the #38 M&M'S Team, and is a car built specifically for the flat tracks such as New Hampshire, Phoenix and Richmond.