Jarrett Previews "The Channel 5-205" On Media Day
Fourteen ARCA RE/MAX Series teams worked in the racing grooves on the 1.5-mile tri-oval at Kentucky Speedway today to prepare for the May 8 "Channel 5-205."
The open test day served as Media Day for speedway's opening weekend, and two-time series runner-up Jason Jarrett gave attending media insight into his preparations for the upcoming 205-mile battle.
Jarrett will look to register his third consecutive top-five finish at Kentucky after closing out his last two Kentucky Speedway events with fifth- and fourth-place performances.
He said the key to a solid run at Kentucky Speedway lies in developing a smooth driving style. "To me, this is a place where I have to be really smooth on and off of the throttle and with the steering wheel," Jarrett said. "Because you're on the throttle so long, if you jump out too quick, it seems like it upsets the car a lot. I just try to work on being smooth, and today, I'm working on driving down into the corners a little further. We're trying a little bit different set up than I've ever used here, but there are a lot of reasons for that. Mostly, because I have a new crew chief and some new crew members.
"No matter how many laps you turn, you can always learn something new. Today, we're able take the time, make the changes and discuss what we're doing with the crew chief and the rest of the crew. You can never really turn enough laps," he said.
Jarrett also touched on why Kentucky Speedway has become a favorite stop on the ARCA RE/MAX Series circuit.
"The ARCA RE/MAX Series gets respect here, this track takes every single step to make the drivers and teams comfortable." Jarrett said. "When you feel wanted it makes everyone in the garages feel good."
He will enter "The Channel 5-205" fifth in the series points standings after charting his first top-five finish of the season with a second-place effort at Salem, Ind., yesterday. Other notable drivers among the test group were three-time Kentucky Speedway race and pole award winner Frank Kimmel, 2004 Nashville event winner Blake Feese, 2002 Kentucky Speedway pole winner Vern Slaugh, 2003 "Channel 5-205" third-place finisher Matt Hagans and USAC veteran A.J. Fike.