Richmond: Dale Jarrett preview

Dale Jarrett, No. 88 UPS Ford Fusion UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest * Dale Jarrett and the ...

Dale Jarrett, No. 88 UPS Ford Fusion
UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest

* Dale Jarrett and the #88 UPS Racing Team travel to Richmond International Raceway this weekend as two-time winners at the .75-mile track located on the Virginia State Fairgrounds. Jarrett scored his first Richmond win in the Exide Select 400 during the fall of 1997. He won again in 1999 by going to victory lane in the Pontiac 400 in the spring.

* Jarrett has made 36 career starts at Richmond and of those 36 he has failed to finish only six events. Two of those DNFs were the result of accidents. The UPS Ford was caught up in an accident with Tony Raines and Jamie McMurray last fall and was put out of the race after Greg Biffle got into the back of the UPS Ford in the spring of 2003. Prior to 2003, however, Jarrett's most recent DNF was in the fall of 1990 while he was driving for the Wood Brothers.

* In addition to two wins at Richmond, Jarrett has finished in the top 10 at Richmond a total of 12 times. Of those 12 top-10 finishes, 11 were in the top five.

Dale Jarrett Discusses Racing at Richmond

How do you feel as the series heads to another short, flat track?

"I think Richmond is a great track. We haven't had the best of performances there the last several years but we do have a couple wins there. For reasons I can't explain we haven't been able to put together what we need to do well at the shorter flat tracks like Richmond, Martinsville and Phoenix."

What did the team learn from the recent test session?

"Well it didn't go really well but we learned a lot of what not to do. I don't know how that will work out for us but the one thing that kind of hurt was that we weren't able to test the car that we're actually racing because it hadn't come back yet from damage done in Martinsville. We were kind of decent at Richmond last fall but not anywhere close to where we need to be to be solidly in the top 10."

What are your thoughts on Richmond itself?

"It's always been a great race track. You can't argue with the success that they've had there with having fantastic finishes, so we'll look forward to going there in hopes that we'll be able to take a little of what we learned at the test and apply it to this weekend. The things this team has been good at this year is completing laps and avoiding attrition whether that is from accidents or part failures. So we have to keep that up. A top 10 isn't out of the question if we can get some decent track position, have good pit stops and avoid the accidents."

Slugger Labbe Discusses Racing at Richmond

How does Richmond compare to other short tracks on the NASCAR schedule?

"Other than it being less than a mile it really doesn't compare to other short tracks. It's a short track but it's one where you kind of have to race it like a larger flat track because of it's shape. It really is more of a D-shaped track so it is definitely a handling track. Because it is only three-quarters of a mile track position becomes a real issue and that's the same with any short track. Beyond that, Richmond's characteristics are more similar to a down force track."

Chassis 68

Chassis 68 is the car the #88 UPS Racing Team will race this weekend at Richmond. It will be the third time the car has been raced. The car saw action most recently at Phoenix International Raceway where Jarrett finished 19th. Prior to Phoenix the car was raced at Martinsville Speedway where the team finished 15th despite being caught up in a pair of accidents. It is damage caused during the Martinsville race that prevented the team from taking Chassis 68 to the Richmond test.


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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Tony Raines , Jamie McMurray