LOOKING FOR PAYBACK - Rockingham is one of the tracks where the Jarrett / Favre team is seeking some redemption. The team failed to qualify for the spring event at the North Carolina Motor Speedway, but Jason Jarrett feels that several factors...
LOOKING FOR PAYBACK - Rockingham is one of the tracks where the Jarrett / Favre team is seeking some redemption. The team failed to qualify for the spring event at the North Carolina Motor Speedway, but Jason Jarrett feels that several factors will allow the team to vastly improve on their results the second time around.
"We brought a Pontiac here back in the spring, and this time we've got a (Chevy) Monte Carlo, the same Monte Carlo that we took to Darlington earlier this year," said Jarrett. "I really feel like it's a step up from the car we had at the February race. With only one round of qualifying, we just have to hope that we unload with a pretty good base setup, or we'll be behind the eight-ball."
Jarrett says he hears Goodyear will be bringing a new tire compound to "The Rock", which he hopes will offer his team a little bit of an advantage, while it slows some of his competitors down.
"Rockingham reminds me of Darlington, in terms of the racing surface. Both tracks are known for being very abrasive and rough on tires. By the time you leave pit road, you've just about used up your tires," joked Jarrett. "I think that you'll see lap times drop off as much as three or four-tenths of a second every five or six laps, that's how hard this track is on tires."
Crew Chief Ricky Bowman feels that, if past performance is any indication, the Jarrett / Favre team should be a contender on this trip to the North Carolina Motor Speedway.
"We've been pretty good this year in taking the lessons learned during our first visits to tracks this season and applying them when we go back the second time," said Bowman. "Rockingham was the race that kind of started the dominoes falling for our team early in the season. We missed the spring race because of where we ended up in the 1999 points standings. Missing that spring race dropped us back in the points and caused us to miss out on provisionals by one spot in several races just after that."
When asked to pinpoint the main reason the team missed out on the spring race, Bowman said, "We waited too long to put sticker tires on and make a practice qualifying run. We were adjusting our car with the older tires on it and when we put the new tires on, the thing was so tight it wouldn't turn. New tires make such a difference at a track like Rockingham, so we'll get them on the car a lot sooner on this trip."
YOU SAY IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY - well, it was Jason's birthday, too. Jarrett celebrated his 25th birthday last Saturday, October 14. On the night before his birthday, Jason went to a celebratory dinner with a group that included members of Jarrett / Favre Motorsports and friends from around Hickory, NC. On Saturday, he and a friend took a trip to Asheville, NC, for the weekend, where they visited the world-famous Biltmore House.
TESTING - Hut Stricklin tested the No. 88 for Jarrett / Favre last week at Homestead-Miami Speedway. If sponsorship can be found, Stricklin will run a second entry for the team at that facility at the Nov. 11 Busch Series season finale. The No. 11 team had used up their allotment of test dates, so Jason Jarrett was on hand for the test session as a spectator only.