UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest * Dale Jarrett and the ...
UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest
* Dale Jarrett and the #88 UPS Team are former winners at the one-mile New Hampshire International Speedway, located in Loudon, N.H. The team scored its win at New Hampshire in July 2001.
* In 22 career starts at New Hampshire, Jarrett has scored 14 top-10 finishes, as well as seven top-five finishes.
* Of the 13 races that the Nextel Cup Series has run in what is now referred to as the "spring race" for NHIS, Jarrett only has two finishes outside the top 16.
* During the 13 spring races to have been raced at New Hampshire, Jarrett has scored one win, five top-five finishes and nine top-10 finishes.
* Jarrett scored seven consecutive top-10 finishes during New Hampshire's spring race starting with a seventh-place finish in 1998 and rounding out with a ninth-place finish in 2004. The 16th-place finish the team scored at New Hampshire last year broke that string of consecutive top-10 finishes.
* Jarrett's average finish in the spring race at New Hampshire is 10th.
* Jarrett has only one DNF at New Hampshire and that was during the September race in 2003 when he was taken out of contention in an accident with Jimmy Spencer.
* Of the 6,480 laps the Nextel Cup Series has run at New Hampshire since 1993, Jarrett has completed 6,324 laps for a lap completion rate of 97 percent.
Dale Jarrett Discusses Racing at New Hampshire International Speedway
Is New Hampshire a track that you favor?
"New Hampshire is a track for whatever reason that this team has performed well at in the past. We've had a few times there where we just completely missed it but on the whole, it's been pretty good for us. We haven't led a lot of laps here but we've been good at making the most of the days when we were good and then getting ourselves in a good finish position on the days when maybe we weren't so good. This isn't a very forgiving race track despite that it's only a mile in length. It has really long straight-aways and quick, narrow turns and a slip up in any of the corners can be pretty damaging to the race car."
How has the track evolved?
"Well, it has been dependant on what has been going on with the track. A few years back it wasn't so good with problems with the asphalt but they went back and paved it and that just seemed to help a ton as far as giving you a lot more race track to work with. At the end of the day it is still very difficult to pass and if you don't qualify up front then you find yourself having to do the things like gamble on pit stops with what you do as far as tires or fuel only situations. The way the tire has been this year I can't imagine we'll see many no tire pit stops but you never know. Just when you say that someone takes that gamble and makes it work to their advantage."
Chassis 68 is the car the #88 UPS Racing Team is competing with this weekend at the "magic mile" of New Hampshire International Speedway. Although it is not a new chassis for Jarrett and the UPS Team, it is the first time the team has raced Chassis 68 in competition. The car has been used during test sessions in which the team has participated in 2006.