Richmond II: Dale Jarrett preview

UPS Team Looks to Roll into Top 10 at RIR CHARLOTTE, N.C., (September 7, 2004) ---- A group of eight drivers will vie for a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. Dale Jarrett and the ...

UPS Team Looks to Roll into Top 10 at RIR

CHARLOTTE, N.C., (September 7, 2004) ---- A group of eight drivers will vie for a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. Dale Jarrett and the #88 UPS Team is one of the eight teams trying to secure their position in the top 10 in the point standings. The 26th and final race before the Chase for the Championship begins will be lively as only 76 points separate eighth through 15th place in the point standings. Jarrett is on the cusp of making the top 10 in the point standings as only 43 points separate he and Mark Martin who is currently 10th.

Traveling into Richmond, Jarrett has tasted success at the .75-mile track. Jarrett has two career wins, 11 top fives and 13 top 10s at Richmond. Additionally, Jarrett is racing a car this weekend that has been proven in competition as it is the same car he finished ninth with at New Hampshire in July.

Dale Jarrett Discusses Racing at Richmond International Raceway

How important is this weekend's race?

"Obviously the point system has created a lot of excitement that in this particular time in the past wouldn't be there. I guess that's what NASCAR was tying to do and has succeeded at doing. It's going to be pretty exciting for the race at Richmond this weekend. This weekend we'll go to Richmond and do what we can as a team to try and position ourselves a spot in the Chase. That's basically where we're at. We'll go and get as many points as we can and see what shakes out. I'm sure at the end of the race they'll tell me where I'm at in the points, and if we're in the top 10, great. If not, we'll race for 11th in the point standings and see what we can do for the rest of the season to win races and to try and build momentum going into the off season."

How special is a track like Richmond where it is a short track with close racing?

"It'd be hard for us to find a place that would be any better than Richmond is. As you go around and visit other competitors, you talk about wondering why there aren't more racetracks built like Richmond. They've tried to duplicate tracks on the schedule, but they don't exactly measure up to some of the fun race tracks that we have. Why they haven't built one of these three-quarter-mile tracks like Richmond I don't know, because it would be a great show as it always is at Richmond and I have to believe appealing to race fans. When you throw in the fact that we race under the lights at Richmond it makes it even more exciting."

The UPS Team tested at Richmond, how were the results from that test?

"We tested Richmond right after all the rain had gone through there last week, so it was a pretty green race track. I'm anxious to see how it changes as we go back. We were pretty happy with how the test turned out though. We did a little of both long race runs and qualifying runs and feel like we've picked up a few things that will hopefully give us an edge -- especially over those guys in 8th to 15th in the point standings. But, it feels like we're going to have a good car for the weekend."

Notes of Interest

* The UPS Team spent the Tuesday before traveling to California testing at the .75-mile speedway to prepare for this weekend's Chevy Rock-n-Roll 400.

* Jarrett's career record at RIR features two career victories, picking up wins at Richmond in the spring of 1999 and the fall of 1997.

* Jarrett has led laps in eight Richmond races for a total of 400 laps.

Chassis 26
The UPS Racing team will compete with Chassis 26 this weekend at Richmond. It is the same car with which Jarrett finished ninth with at New Hampshire in July after starting the race from 25th on the starting grid.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Mark Martin