Jarrett Credits Winston Cup Win To Kentucky Test
Dale Jarrett's test at Kentucky Speedway last week paid immediate dividends on Sunday, June 9, as the veteran NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver guided his No. 88 UPS Ford to Victory Lane in Pocono.
It was Jarrett's first win of the season for Robert Yates Racing. Jarrett now owns one win, three top-five and six top-10 finishes for the 2002 campaign.
"We went to Kentucky with it (the No. 88 UPS Ford) this week and ran other there, we appreciate them letting us come over," Jarrett said in his post-race interview. 'It was very important. We learned some things there that we applied here. It was great that we had time. We had some rain, were there until ten-thirty that night, and got home at one-thirty, two in the morning. It just shows the dedication of these guys (the Yates Team)." Michael Waltrip, who joined Jarrett at Kentucky, also benefited from his test. Waltrip finished eighth in Pocono to take his third top-10 finish of the 2002 campaign for Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
"We were honored that Dale acknowledged our facility and staff in Victory Lane," Kentucky Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark F. Cassis said. "Like Dale and his Yates Racing Team, our staff put in a long day during his Tuesday test and it truly paid off."
Kentucky Speedway continues its season this weekend with the NASCAR Busch Series "Kroger 300 Presented by Oreo" on June 15 at 8:00 p.m. The multitude of pre-race festivities will include a concert by pop/rock band Dishwalla and a 90th birthday celebration for Oreo Cookies. The weekend begins on June 14 with NASCAR Busch Series qualifying and final practice on Lexington Herald-Leader Pole Night beginning at 4:30 p.m. Friday also includes "The Kentucky 150" NASCAR Hills Bros. All Pro Series race at 9:00 p.m.
A sellout crowd of more than 66,000 is expected for "The Kroger 300 Presented by Oreo." Tickets for all 2002 events are available in five easy ways:
- By phone at 1-888-652-RACE
- On the World Wide Web at www.kentuckyspeedway.com
- In person at either the speedway's Ft. Mitchell ticket office or at the Kentucky Speedway Fan Center off Ky. Hwy. 35 in Sparta, Ky.
- At Tickets.com and all Tickets.com retail outlets located in Greater Cincinnati
area Meijer Hader Hardware and Play-It-Again Sports stores.
- In person at all Greater Cincinnati AAA locations.