DJ Looks for Second Career Martinsville Win CHARLOTTE, N.C., (April 5, 2005) ----- Dale Jarrett and the ...
DJ Looks for Second Career Martinsville Win
CHARLOTTE, N.C., (April 5, 2005) ----- Dale Jarrett and the #88 UPS Racing Team travel to Martinsville, Va., for this weekend's Advance Auto Parts 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event after picking up their first top-five finish of the season last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. The fifth-place finish was just what the doctor ordered for a team that has been trying to adjust to the new tires and rules package for 2005.
"It does a lot for our team," Jarrett said. "We had run OK in the first four races but didn't have a lot to show for it points wise. I wanted to make up a little bit to my guys for costing us some points at Atlanta by speeding on pit road twice. We stayed after it and adjusted on the car and waited until that last 100 laps to really get going and try to run and race people and it paid off for us. Now we've got a top five to show for it, so it's a big boost for us."
Jarrett and the team have one win at Martinsville Speedway, finishing first during the spring race in 2001. The team finished 10th during this same event one year ago.
Jarrett Discusses Racing at Martinsville Speedway
What does it take to be successful at Martinsville?
"You have to go hard at Martinsville because it's a track where there isn't much room for passing and you have to be on your toes ready to capitalize on anything the guy in front of you may do wrong. Track position is important there and you see people trying to switch things up and maybe pit out of sequence just to try and gain track position for later in the race. You have to get your car where you can race off the corner because that's usually where you can do your passing. I feel good about going there this weekend especially after our run at Bristol. Hopefully we can walk away with another solid finish."
What does it mean to you to be a Martinsville winner?
"Well, it is a tough track for sure. It's one of the tracks where I used to go watch my dad race as a kid and I can remember playing ball in the infield with other guys my age like Kyle Petty and Ricky and Larry Pearson who were all there for their dad's race. Having grown up around that track and then being able to win there is very special especially when you look at the guys who have won there before like Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt. It's a very special place and one that I'm happy to have been fortunate enough to win at."
Notes of Interest
* Jarrett's overall record at Martinsville features one career win, nine top-five and 17 top-10 finishes.
* Jarrett made his first career NEXTEL Cup Series start at Martinsville Speedway during the Sovran 500 in the spring of 1984.
* The #88 UPS Racing Team spent Tuesday testing at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina in preparation for this weekend's NEXTEL Cup Series race.
Chassis 26 is the car the #88 UPS Racing Team will field this weekend at Martinsville. Chassis 26 is the same car Jarrett raced at New Hampshire last July where he finished ninth after starting from 26th. The team tested the car in Greenville, S.C., on Tuesday and was pleased with the results.