Thursday, 11 August, 2005 10:54 AM
Interview with Dale Jarrett at MIS
BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com
Jarrett is being interviewed by the media at MIS.
here to listen to our interview in the Quicktime format.
Dale Jarrett has had
a tough season this year in the NASCAR Nextel Cup series. He's recently
moved up to 9th place in point standings.
Jarrett's most recent
win at MIS was in 2002. He's won four races at MIS throughout his
career. He reports, I will race "as long as I'm physically
able. This is what I do. This is what I want. Atleast a couple more
He said, "We're
totally focused on the people that we have to beat to get in the
championship. What we have to do is capitalize."
Jarret recently moved
up to 9th place in points. "I can't imagine how we're
doing that but everybody else is helping us out. We haven't performed
like we need to."
He adds, "We
got us in this position by finishing 21 races and staying out of
a lot of trouble and now we need to work out way and keep out way
in that top ten."
Dale has had very good
luck racing at MIS. With his most recent victory in 2002 and three
other wins at MIchigan. "We have been good here a lot.
This has always been track that's very good to us. Matter of fact,
these type of tracks: mile and half and two miles we've really struggled
this year. Over the years, those have been our bread and butter.
We wanted to come here and see if we could get some of that magic
Jarrett was testing his
car on the track at MIS to prepare for the upcoming race. He reports,
"We ran yesterday. It wasn't to be quite honest I wasn't
very happy with it. We went back and looked at the data and went
over everything that we did. The car seems to be better today. Not
where we needed to be but not much more ahead."
How different is that
new ford that you just tested out at Atlanta? Jarrett answers, "It
almost be unfair to compare the cars right now because the cars
I had to drive in Atlanta was almost a cross between a Daytona-Talledega
type car and what we would actually run there. It doesn't have the
down force that you would want but it has less drag. The car drove
well and I was happy with the balance of the car. Hopefully we've
built something that's gonna allow us to run at Daytona-Talldega
to allow us to be more competitive."
How disappointing was
it last year not to make the Chase for the Nextel Cup? Jarret responds,
"It's what you set out to do. You set out each year
to win the Championship and when you don't get in the Chase, you
obviously throw away that opportunity. It was disappoionting. We
just realized we gotta work harder. This isn't getting any easier.
It's getting more difficult by the day. That was a big motivator
for us, realizing that we have this chance. Even though we haven't
performed like we need to."
When you are outside
of the Top 10, are you able to focus on those last few races? He
says, "Yeah, you can focus. You still go to win races
and learn as much as you can. You certainly don't give up. You have
obligations to your team and to yourself and your sponsors. We're
here to race."
How do you feel about
the changes in the point system? Jarrett responds, "I
think it's great. I don't know how you can argue with a system that
produces as much excitement from basically race 15 on. How could
you argue with something that went down to the last lap of the very
last race before we knew one of three drivers were going to win
the Championship. That's pretty impressive. I don't see how you
can't like what we have now.
will race in the August 21st GFS Marketplace 400 NASCAR Nextel Cup
series race at MIS. Some seats are still available. To order, go
to www.mispeedway.com or
A whole weekend of racing
is planned. It all begins on Thursday with ARCA qualifying, the
ARCA 200 race on Friday, The NASCAR Busch Series Domino's Pizza
250 race which includes a concert by Sugarland and Josh Turner and
concludes with the GFS Marketplace 400 race on Sunday.
BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com
Jarrett stands alongside his #88 race car in the garage at MIS.