"Rockingham will hopefully be a welcome site for this team. We've obviously went through a lot of changes since the last time we visited Rockingham, and it seems like it's been a lot longer than eight months since we last visited there. It does...
"Rockingham will hopefully be a welcome site for this team. We've obviously went through a lot of changes since the last time we visited Rockingham, and it seems like it's been a lot longer than eight months since we last visited there. It does feel good going back to a track where you've had success and where you have won recently. We're taking the same car we won with in the spring, and if we can duplicate the success we had there in February it would help out moral as we head into the off season."
--Dale Jarrett on Racing at Rockingham
Rockingham Is Welcome Site for UPS Racing . . .
Dale Jarrett and the #88 UPS Racing Team look to sweep the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Series events at North Carolina Speedway by winning this weekend's Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400. "The Rock" is the site of Jarrett's last win where he out dueled driver Kurt Busch in the closing laps to pick up the win.
"The win at Rockingham in the spring was the result of great teamwork at Robert Yates Racing because we didn't get any practice for the race after qualifying," Jarrett said. "Elliott and the #38 team had tested Rockingham and we basically used in our car what they had learned from testing. So, that was a real team effort for all of Robert Yates Racing. We had adjusted on the car all day in the spring and it was at its best during the final 50 or 40 laps which is the ideal situation especially if you're running up front."
Since joining the #88 Robert Yates Racing Team in 1996, Jarrett only has two finishes outside the top 10 at North Carolina Speedway (42nd in February 2002 due to engine failure and 12th in October 2002).
The #88 Robert Yates Racing Team has posted six top-five finishes in the fall race at NCS for an average finishing position of fourth place.
The #88 Team has a total of 15 starts at NCS with Jarrett as the driver. The team's overall average finish at "The Rock" is sixth with two wins, 11 top fives and 13 top 10s.
"Rockingham has always been a great place for side-by-side racing," Jarrett said. "It is kind of sad to think it's the last time we'll be racing there twice in one season, but I understand why that has to happen. Rockingham is one of the few tracks we still visit that it is more on the driver's shoulders than it is necessarily on the car. Don't get me wrong, you have to have a good handling race car, but you also have to have patience and the ability to conserve your tires. The surface is real worn which makes it hard on tires. Tire wear doesn't last long here, but that's what I like because it puts the race in the drivers' hands and the crews' hands. We haven't seen a lot of that this year so I'm really looking forward to this weekend because it's up to the driver and crew to make a good-handling racecar, which is the challenge for us."
UPS Team to Race Chassis 104 . . .
The UPS Racing Team is using Chassis 104 for this weekend's Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400. Chassis 104 is the same car Jarrett used to win at Rockingham earlier this season after starting the race from the ninth spot. Chassis 104 has not been raced since Dover's June race where Jarrett had raced to the top 10, but retired early after the motor failed on the #88 UPS Ford in the closing laps of that race.