Martinsville is a favorite for Team UPS. MARTINSVILLE, Va., April 9, 2002 --- The "Virginia 500" at Martinsville Speedway marks the second short-track event of the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. The season's first short track sparks flew...
Martinsville is a favorite for Team UPS.
MARTINSVILLE, Va., April 9, 2002 --- The "Virginia 500" at Martinsville Speedway marks the second short-track event of the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. The season's first short track sparks flew three races ago at Bristol Motor Speedway. Dale Jarrett and the UPS Racing Team look forward to returning to Martinsville - a track that was very good to the #88 Robert Yates team in 2001. Jarrett hopes to add another win to his short-track career statistics with a win in Sunday's "Virginia 500." FOX and FOX Sports Net will cover all the racing action this weekend beginning with qualifying on Friday at 3:05 p.m. EST, and the race on Sunday at 1 p.m. EST.
Martinsville Features Short Track Action
Martinsville was a good track for Jarrett and the #88 UPS Racing Team in 2001 with a win in last spring's Virginia 500, and a second-place effort during the fall's "Old Dominion 500." After a slow start to the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup season, Jarrett and company are looking forward to a friendly face at Martinsville Speedway. Jarrett scored his first career win at the half-mile oval by taking the lead with six laps to go before driving his #88 UPS Ford to victory lane. The team will attempt the repeat this weekend.
"We should have raced at Martinsville a few more times last year," Jarrett joked. "We are looking forward to Martinsville because it is a good track for us, and I feel like we have a good race package for this weekend. I've been coming to Martinsville, literally, since I was a kid. I've always enjoyed racing here."
"It can get really tight out there when you put 43 cars on a half-mile track," Jarrett continued. "The field tends to get stretched out and equipment wear becomes an issue. The thing is you have to be patient at Martinsville. It's easy to do when you have a good team trying to get things right and we had the total package at Martinsville last year. The win at Martinsville was really special for me because it was one of the last beasts for me to conquer - aside from the road courses. We had won at Bristol and the win at Martinsville kind of completed the short-track circuit for us. Hopefully we can go there and do it again this year."
* In the last six NASCAR Winston Cup events at Martinsville, Jarrett has finished in the top 10 every time. His worst finish since the spring race in 1999 was a 10th-place finish during the 1999 fall race.
Fun Facts To Know About UPS "Brown"
UPS is notorious for its color brown that adorns the 88,000 package cars, vans, tractors and motorcycles. In addition to the color brown, UPS associates with another sort of brown. Among the 370,000-plus UPS employees 1,838 are named Brown (this number does not include people with variations of the name Brown, such as Browning, Brownlee, etc.). The total number of UPSers named Brown exceeds the combined population of Brownington, Mo. (population 84), Browns, Ill. (population 207), Brownville, Neb. (population 148), Browntown, Wis. (population 256), Browndell, Texas (population 192) and Brownsboro Farm, Ky. (population 670).