UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest Dale Jarrett returns to Talladega Superspeedway as the reigning race champion of the UAW-Ford 500. This weekend's UAW-Ford 500 marks Jarrett's 40th career start at Talladega Superspeedway. Since joining...
UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest
Dale Jarrett returns to Talladega Superspeedway as the reigning race champion of the UAW-Ford 500.
This weekend's UAW-Ford 500 marks Jarrett's 40th career start at Talladega Superspeedway.
Since joining Robert Yates Racing in 1995, Jarrett has only had one DNF at Talladega and that was the result of being caught up in a last lap accident during the fall race of 2001.
Since 1995, Jarrett has only had three finishes outside the top 15 in the fall race at Talladega. During that same time span in the fall event, Jarrett has recorded a pair of wins and three second-place finishes.
Dale Jarrett Discusses Racing at Talladega Superspeedway
What do you expect to see with the new track surface?
"If anything, I think the new surface should make for better racing. Obviously it will have some more grip and that's what we've been hearing from the teams that did tires tests there a few weeks ago. I don't know how it could make the racing anymore exciting than it already is, but I think you may see some guys try to go five wide a little more than they normally would and that of course could lead to big problems for everybody because it only takes a slight mistake to create a big mess. But, as far as our cars go, it should allow us to do some things to the setup to get the nose down more in the front -- things that we haven't been able to do in the past because of how rough the track used to be. Some of the bumps you'd go across could do some pretty good damage to the front nose just by going across them. That's how bad it was. But I'm excited and it should be an interesting weekend.
Is this a race that you go to with more confidence than others?
"I think this year in particular we go to the restrictor-plate tracks with more confidence because it's the part of our race program where we don't struggle. We know that when we go to Talladega or Daytona we have a chance with the cars that we have and what they're capable of doing. It's the one part of our program that we've done job of keeping up with the competition. I feel that with what I've been able to learn about the draft and the experience I have that I may have little bit of an advantage over some of the other guys out there too. As much as this kind of racing is about being in the right place at the right time, it's also about the driver picking and choosing those times, and putting forth the effort to try and position the car in the right place at the right time. It's about luck as well, but I think at the plate tracks, sometimes, you can help to create your own luck as far as staying out of trouble and being around at the end of the race."