Jarrett Seeks Indy Triple

Jeff Gordon and Dale Jarrett have something in common as they head to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. They're the only multiple winners of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.

But while Gordon will no doubt receive a great deal of attention as he shoots for his fifth race win, Jarrett's quest for a third win will be much more subdued. And that's fine with him.

As he battles for a third win at Indy, Jarrett is also in a major tussle to make this year's "Chase for the NEXTEL Cup," with only six races left before the qualifying cut-off. Jarrett comes into Indianapolis holding the 10th position, but is only nine points ahead of Jamie McMurray with Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick right behind.

With two wins at the legendary speedway as well as a runner-up finish in last year's edition, Jarrett feels good about his chances to do well and in turn, help his championship quest.

"I think once you win at Indianapolis you certainly get an idea of what your car needs to do and a feel for the race track and you know how to win then there," Jarrett said. "You know what it takes and what you're looking for in your car, so it's easier to adjust towards that and if you haven't, then you're still searching a little bit for that. It's just a race track that I enjoy racing - the challenge that it presents with the four different corners."

Racing at Indianapolis has been a challenge for the heavy NASCAR stock cars since the series first came to the hallowed track in 1994. Jarrett knows how important it is to have the right set-up for the 2.5-mile flat track.

"With the lack of banking that we have at Indianapolis, as you carry speed and make more speed through the corner, which we do and which we've done with aerodynamics and getting the cars as soft as they are in the front, you're traveling faster down the straightaway," Jarrett said. "So it's going to be harder to keep the car with the flat surface in the corner to keep it on the bottom. As we've gotten to a different type of tire here that's a little bit of a softer compound but more the softness of the sidewall and flexibility of it, I think that's when we see as the cars get probably 15-20 laps on them, you're going to start to see the car slide around a lot in the corners. But that's what makes this place what it is. You have to get that balance."

Despite the difficulty of maneuvering a 3,400 pound stock car around the narrow and flat track, Jarrett still feels racing at Indianapolis is still one of the sport's jewels.

"Without a doubt this is still a very special track not only to me but to just about everyone who races there," Jarrett said. "This is Indianapolis and I think certainly that's what makes this place what it is. The race itself, that's what we look at is the history that you have surrounding it and the amount of people that come here."

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