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JARRETT HOPING TO WIN MORE THAN SHOOTOUT.



Byline: - Tim Haddock

Dale Jarrett Dale Arnold Jarrett (born November 26, 1956 in Newton, North Carolina) is an American race car driver. Jarrett currently races in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series exclusively, driving the #44 Toyota Camry for Michael Waltrip Racing.  enters the Budweiser Shootout The Budweiser Shootout is an annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series exhibition event held at Daytona International Speedway in February, the weekend before the Daytona 500. It began as the Busch Clash and was a fifty-mile "all-out sprint.  at Daytona International Speedway Daytona International Speedway is a superspeedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is a 2.5 mile (4 km) tri-oval race track facility with a seating capacity of 168,000 spectators.  in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Saturday as the defending race champion.

But what started as a promising year for the Robert Yates Racing driver unraveled into a challenging NASCAR NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing), organization that sanctions American stock-car races, est. 1948. It held its first race in Daytona Beach, Fla.  Nextel Cup Series season.

It was his only victory of the year.

``The win certainly was great considering the year we'd had in 2003, so it was a great confidence booster for the team,'' said Jarrett, driver of the No. 88 Ford Taurus.

``It wasn't an indicator of how we would perform at the beginning of last season, but it was a great mood lifter for the UPS Team.''

Jarrett even admits that he had a little luck on his side in last year's Shootout Shootout

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``Obviously, we didn't have the fastest car in that race last year, but I was able to put our car in front of what was probably the fastest car at the end, which was Dale (Earnhardt) Jr.'s car,'' Jarrett said.

``So that helped us win that race.''

Twenty drivers are eligible for the race, which pits the pole winners from 2004 against each other.

``The Shootout is always a fun race and it is really an event for the fans,'' Jarrett said.

``I've always said that racing at night makes everything appear to be a little more spectacular. It's fun racing at Daytona at night.

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Date:Feb 10, 2005
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