JARRETT HOPING TO WIN MORE THAN SHOOTOUT.
Dale Jarrett enters the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway 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 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.
``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.