Rockingham, NC (February 25, 2000) - Jason Jarrett finds himself on a short list of Busch Series drivers to whom North Carolina Motor Speedway has been kind. The third-generation pilot is looking to back up his top-20 performance in the Daytona...
Rockingham, NC (February 25, 2000) - Jason Jarrett finds himself on a short list of Busch Series drivers to whom North Carolina Motor Speedway has been kind. The third-generation pilot is looking to back up his top-20 performance in the Daytona opener with a solid run at The Rock'.
As the Busch Series moves from super speedway to high-banked stadium racing, Jarrett remains focused on the goals his team set for the 2000 season. "Our first goal is, and remains, to qualify for every race and complete every race we run," Jarrett said. "Getting in on the first day and bringing home a 17th-place finish in Daytona was a real boost to this Rayovac team, and a reward for all the long hours these guys put in to give me a competitive car to run."
Jarrett, who has returned to Jarrett / Favre Motorsports to run his first full season of Busch Series competition, has his sights set on a strong start to the season. "We've said all along that we wanted to come out strong," he explained. "Every year you see guys that don't come out and run well to start the season, and sometimes that bad start follows them through the year."
The 24-year old Hickory has a fond memories of the Rock', that date back to his title run in the World Karting Association's Sprint Division Championship of the Carolina Cup Series; held here in 1993.
Jarrett has completed each of his three Rockingham starts dating back to 1997. His best finish was last year, when Jarrett came home in 21st after the February field was set without a qualifying session due to rain.
A popular event on both sides of the garage, each Rockingham Busch races draw significant interest from Jarrett's Winston Cup counterparts, who run the race hoping to gain an edge on Sunday. The added competition, makes a fast car right off the truck that much more important the Busch Series regulars.
"Jason has some experience on this track, and that's going to be important," Crew Chief Wes Ward said. "We want to unload fast so we don't have to use practice as another testing session. With so many cars trying to get into the field, and only one round of qualifying, having a good car right off the truck is a big advantage."
The ALLTEL 200 will mark Jarrett's 25th Busch Series start.