UPS Racing Notes of Interest Dale Jarrett makes his 24th career start at New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS) this weekend. Jarrett is one of a handful of drivers that has competed in all 23 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series races that have taken...
UPS Racing Notes of Interest
Dale Jarrett makes his 24th career start at New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS) this weekend. Jarrett is one of a handful of drivers that has competed in all 23 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series races that have taken place at the one-mile track in Loudon, N.H.
Dale Jarrett Discusses Racing at New Hampshire
What are the goals for you and the UPS Team for these final 10 races?
"My goals are what they've been all year and that's to try and get this team back to where it's competing in a respectable fashion. Last year, we won a race in those last 10 races, so I think you keep battling hard. I think you start doing a lot of things in preparation for the next season and the way this system is, it gives you that opportunity to do that. There will be a lot of teams that will start that process of focusing on their upcoming season and whether that's making changes or just trying some things that maybe they didn't want to get involved in before the chase cutoff. I think it gives them that chance so you see a little bit more of that risk taking than you would have before the Chase started, especially if you were in that 10th to 15th range, trying to put your team into the Chase."
Do you feel like teams not in the Chase get placed on the "back burner" by the media now?
"I don't feel that way. Certainly the attention is on those 10 teams that are in the Chase, and well it should be. They've earned that and they deserve that right for that to happen, but I think it's an opportunity to show what you're made of and what your team is made of that you keep working through that and trying to get better until that last lap is finished at Homestead. I look at every week as an opportunity regardless of the fact that we're not in the Chase. This is a chance that you have -- you don't take for granted just the opportunity to race in these races. You don't just go and say, 'Well, we've got 10 more to go, let's just go finish this off.' That's not in my make up. I still believe that we can get better and we can draw attention to ourselves. We have an obligation to our team and to our sponsors to give it everything that we can. Just because it didn't work out that we were a part of the Chase, I think that's motivation to go work harder."