UPS Team Heads to NHIS in Need of Solid Run RICHMOND, Va., (September 13, 2005) ----- The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series travels to New Hampshire International Speedway for this weekend's New Hampshire 300. Dale Jarrett was officially eliminated from...
UPS Team Heads to NHIS in Need of Solid Run
RICHMOND, Va., (September 13, 2005) ----- The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series travels to New Hampshire International Speedway for this weekend's New Hampshire 300. Dale Jarrett was officially eliminated from the Chase for the Championship last weekend at Richmond after getting caught up in a wreck that ended the UPS Team's night. It also was the team's first DNF of the 2005 NASCAR season. Although they aren't racing for a championship, there is still plenty for the team to accomplish during the course of the next 10 races, not the least of which is getting back to victory lane.
"The important thing for us is to improve overall as a race team during these next 10 races," Jarrett said. "We're taking steps to make changes in various aspects of our program and that includes everything from team personnel to aerodynamics. The biggest thing we need in the immediate future is a good run. We haven't put up a good effort since Daytona where we finished fifth. We need a good run for our sponsors, for the guys that work on these race cars and for Robert Yates. The other thing that is important to us is getting back to victory lane. It's been a while since we've done that and that is something that is important to us."
Jarrett Discusses Racing at New Hampshire
How difficult is New Hampshire as far as making up positions on the track?
"It's very hard. It is a tough track for passing and you have to exercise a lot of patience. It is a place where if you find yourself starting in the back, then the team is going to have to try a little strategy with two tires or pitting early in order to gain some position on the track. Pit stops are key because you don't want to lose the little bit of real estate you're able to pick up on the track. If you can pick up spots on pit road, that's even better. When we were there in July, we saw a lot of the same characteristics that New Hampshire is known for. Conserving tires is important and taking care of your equipment to be around at the end is a must. I think our goal for this weekend is to go there, find a nice handling package for the race and concentrate our efforts on that so that we can leave New Hampshire with a good run."
How disappointing is it to miss the Chase?
"Obviously we'd like to be a part of the Chase and we're disappointed that we're not, but we've put ourselves in this position and now its time we dig ourselves out. At the beginning of this year I felt like we were better prepared for this season, but it turned out that wasn't the case. It's disappointing that we haven't run any better than we have this year especially since we've been able to be there at the end of the race. But at the end of the day the 10 teams that are in the Chase are there because they deserve to be."
Do you have a favorite for winning the Championship?
"It's hard not to go with Tony Stewart given the way they have been running of late and the fact that these next 10 races feature tracks where that team has excelled at including this weekend's race at New Hampshire. But the other guy I think everyone needs to keep an eye on is Matt Kenseth. They have gotten their program together at the right time to get to this point, especially since everyone had written them off just a month ago. But they are running well and are peaking at just the right time. Momentum is a huge asset and both Tony's and Matt's teams have it."
Notes of Interest
* Jarrett has one win at New Hampshire. In 21 starts at the "Magic Mile," Jarrett has posted seven top-five and 14 top-10 finishes.
* Jarrett appears on "The Chase is On" this Thursday at 8 p.m. EDT on Speed Channel. Jarrett is co-hosting the half-hour long program with veteran television commentator Ralph Sheheen.
Chassis 56 is the car Jarrett will race this weekend at New Hampshire. This will be the second time Chassis 56 has been raced by the UPS Team. The team raced Chassis 56 at California Speedway during the Labor Day weekend event where Jarrett finished 24th after starting 37th.