Swinging Into Summer

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New Hampshire International Speedway has been good to Dale Jarrett and the No. 88 UPS Team and it may be just what the team needs. After taking a break last weekend on the final weekend off of the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season, the UPS Team is ready to get back to business.

Jarrett and the UPS Team have made great progress since the "summer swing" of events started in June, and the team is eager to
continue down the path that they believe will lead them back to victory lane in Nextel Cup competition.

With only eight races remaining until the final 10-race Chase for the Championship begins, the UPS Team currently sits 90 points out of 10th place. Jarrett has one win at the Magic Mile and hopes to add to his record there this weekend, which would also help further the team’s goal of making the "Chase." It is getting down to the wire for teams to put together an effort that will get them into the top 10 to compete for the Nextel Cup Championship. Jarrett believes the key thing the UPS Team has in its favor is momentum.

"If we have picked up something during the last month other than a competitive racing package it is a lot of momentum," Jarrett said of the UPS Team’s performance over the last six races. "We have found a combination now that we want to work with as far as chassis and bodies on the race cars are concerned. The pit crew has really stepped up and put together some great stops the last couple weeks and we have great work in the pits as far as adjustments are concerned. If we are going to be able to entertain the idea of being in the Chase for the Championship then now is the time to do it."

New Hampshire is a track that has been kind to Jarrett since it was added to the Nextel Cup Series schedule in 1993.

"New Hampshire is a track that, for whatever reason, has suited my driving style," Jarrett said. "We have always seemed to run well there once it came time to race. I think another thing this team has been good at is developing a strategy that has put us in position to finish well. Track position is extremely important at New Hampshire because it isn’t the type of track where there is a lot of two-wide racing. If you don’t qualify well, then you have to be able to compensate on pit road with good pit work and adjustments which is what we have been able to do at New Hampshire the last couple years."

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