Richmond: Dale Jarrett preview

"Richmond is one of the tracks we really struggled at last year. We ended up getting caught up in accidents at both races, but before that we really weren't in contention for the win. We had tested there last fall and we had a good car for the ...

"Richmond is one of the tracks we really struggled at last year. We ended up getting caught up in accidents at both races, but before that we really weren't in contention for the win. We had tested there last fall and we had a good car for the September race, but got put in the wall pretty early so we never really got a chance to see what we had. It's a great track for racing and one I enjoy. Hopefully we can get our luck and season turned around this weekend."
    * Dale Jarrett on racing at Richmond International Raceway

DJ looks for turn-around at Richmond.

UPS Team Looks for Richmond Success . . . Richmond International Raceway was less than kind to the #88 UPS Racing team during the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. Dale Jarrett finished 38th and 31st during the spring and fall races, respectively. Jarrett has two wins at the .75-mile D-shaped oval and knows his way around the short track. It would be an ideal place for the #88 UPS Racing Team to turn its 2003 season around.

"There are things you know about Richmond that help you," Jarrett explained. "We know before we get there that getting into turn one can be tricky because of the bump that is there. That can be hard for a lot of guys, and if you don't get into through turn one just right then you could have problems getting into turn two. To me, turn four is the hard part because you have to be good getting out of that corner if you're going to be successful. You literally use every bit of the track right up to the wall, especially in turn four because you get in the gas way early."

Richmond Varies Greatly from Other NASCAR Short Tracks . . . At .75-miles in length, the Richmond International Raceway is one of only three tracks that are less than one mile in length on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule. That is where the similarities stop when comparing Richmond to the two other short tracks -- Bristol and Martinsville. According to interim crew chief Garth Finley, it is Richmond's shape that makes it unique.

"It is a D-shaped track which means that the two ends of the track are different" Finley explained. "The entry into one is different than the entry into three and the exit off of two is different than the exit off of four. When the driver comes out of turn two, he is heading down a straight-away where at the exit of four he comes around what is considered the dog leg. This track has banking all the way through and it allows more opportunity for passing than Martinsville and Bristol. So if you have a pretty good car and you start in the back you have a good chance of getting your car to the front, whereas you can easily get trapped behind cars at Martinsville and Bristol."

Team UPS Participates in LMS Test Session . . . The #88 UPS Racing Team will spend time at Lowe's Motor Speedway before leaving for Richmond. Jarrett and the #88 UPS Team are one of several teams that will participate in the twi-light test session at LMS on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

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