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On a daily basis I think “How I can let everyone in Las Vegas and around the country know about Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure?” I have never felt like we have to “sell” the racing adventure packages, but always feel that we can keep people informed RacingAdventure.com. Once our customers find us, the experiences speak for themselves. The testimonials are out there. The testimonials have and continue to amaze us with their positivity! One thing is for sure, people are just as excited today about getting behind the wheel as they were all those years ago. Read More
It has been a hot summer! Even with the temperatures approaching the 100 degree mark, the Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure has been busy creating great memories for our race car drivers and riders at NASCAR tracks such as Talladega Superspeedway and Chicagoland Speedway. To see more pictures and comments on the most recent events please visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/RacingAdventure.
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There is always a lot going on during the two weeks that Charlotte Motor Speedway is hosting events during the Month of May. Many people (and I used to think the same way) think the Charlotte week means a nice and quiet week to spend at home, assuming that most people know that most of the teams are based in and around the Charlotte area. I don’t mean this in a bad way, but, the people that make these assumptions couldn’t be more wrong. Read More at RacingAdventure.com
By Jason A Jarrett
When I think of Darlington Raceway I always think…. Respect!
It Is always interesting to me just how much respect Darlington Raceway demands: past competitors, current competitors, rookies, and veterans. Across the board, no matter which Series, everyone that has turned a lap at Darlington, has a level of respect that isn’t shared by any other speedway.
This week I heard Cale Yarborough and David Pearson interviewed about the memories they have from Darlington Raceway and both gave very detailed information when they were asked about their racing experiences on “The Lady in Black.” Both of these NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees remembered, in detail, their first laps at Darlington Raceway. Cale and David have raced on a lot of race tracks all over the United States, and based on the interviews I listened to, they remember everything about racing at Darlington: wins and losses, good and bad!
In a day where we all seem to jump on the bandwagon to micro criticize the drivers, none of them can be criticized for not respecting this particular race track. I am one that believes they do respect every track but I do think they publicly show more respect for the track “Too Tough to Tame.”
I may be the only Person out here that has the opinion it was smart to have Danica Patrick’s team choose Darlington as her second Sprint Cup race. First of all, they knew she would get practice time and 147 laps of racing, on Friday night, in the NASCAR Nationwide race. Another reason I believe it is a good idea comes from my personal experience at Darlington: it is such a tough place to drive that the drivers simply, race the race track without worrying about their competitors. To an extent, I believe this happens at every track, but not every track takes as much precision as Darlington Raceway. Drivers must “hit their marks” on every lap at Darlington. My final reason for thinking it is a good idea for Danica making her second Sprint Cup Series start at Darlington might also be a stretch, but I believe Charlotte Motor Speedway may be the second hardest track for the drivers. It is my belief that racing Darlington and Charlotte back to back, will help Danica, or any rookie, adapt to all the other tracks throughout the year.
One final thought on Darlington: On Friday, as I observed the drivers practicing for the race, I noticed just how few places on Darlington Raceway they are able to move their lines around to find speed. Most weeks, I can watch and see several drivers taking different lines into the corners and/or through the corners. I can usually see adjustments drivers are making, as they search for one or two tenths of a second, but Darlington was much different. Going into turn three, to just before the center of the corner, is the only place I could see drivers trying different lines. I am sure there were smaller adjustments being made at many different points of this tough race track but the ones I could see from up top were only at the turn 3 portion of the raceway. At most Sprint Cup tracks you can see the drivers trying new lines at both ends of the track, to find the grip and comfort, they need to get all of the speed out the car.
In a time when we are quick to be critical of different facets of NASCAR racing, one thing that I believe will never be criticized is the amount of respect Darlington Raceway demands. Past… Present… Future.
Jason A Jarrett
By Jason A Jarrett
Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure
Is it time to realize that today’s races are not going to be full of crashes? When I read or hear that fans didn’t like a race I always wonder why. I can see how some fans could get discouraged if they go to a race, or, watch a race looking for crashes and look for every segment of the race to be full of some type of drama. In my opinion, it is time for race fans to be able to follow the races with a little more of a technical understanding of the races. There are various amounts of gadgets and technologies fans can use to follow the progress of their favorite driver or follow the entire field of drivers. With all of the information streams available fans have the ability to know more and more about what each driver and team are trying to accomplish throughout the races. The races with multiple crashes is now the exception and not the rule.
Baseball comes to my mind when I hear these complaints. Maybe it is time for the fans to realize that teams and sponsors realize the value of being able to complete every lap of every race. It doesn’t benefit anyone involved to tear up the race cars. I believe one reason that we are seeing fewer crashes is because the drivers and crew chiefs know it is faster to just find your own lane on the track (in clean air) and run as many laps as fast and as uninterrupted as possible. When we see the cars spread out to different lanes at Texas Motor Speedway, or, any of the 1.5 mile tracks, we are basically watching the drivers search for grip and search for clean air. Anything the driver can do to get clean laps he will do. We can blame it on the cars or whatever our complaint may be but simply put, the drivers know it is faster to run the most consistent laps as possible. This eliminates a lot of the factors that cause crashes. Everyone knows it is slower to race side by side so they don’t run lap after lap that way. Everyone knows it increases your chances of being in a crash to run two and three wide and it slows every driver’s momentum to be in packs. It even extends to the point in the races when drivers are making green flag pit stops. The crew chief will start counting down the laps so the drivers know how many laps before they need to be on pit road. Sure, crew chiefs have been doing this for a long time, but the difference I see is, the drivers start working on getting in the best position to get onto pit road as smooth as possible and without having to break their momentum until it is absolutely necessary. There isn’t necessarily more communication than there used to be, but there is an overall understanding between driver and team to provide each other with as much information as possible to get the timing right. To me, the talent of the drivers gets lost in all of the complaints. The drivers make running over 200 laps, without a caution, look easy. The teams make the cars so durable that there are very few failures, therefore, we add another reason for having fewer cautions.
I wanted to try and connect my baseball game reference. Not every baseball game is going to be filled with homeruns and strikeouts. Most baseball wins are a result of slowly grinding away at the competition using the athletes’ precision to win the games. There are the occasional games with home runs, strike outs, and bench clearing brawls, but most of the time it comes down to everyone on the winning team doing their particular jobs at a very high level, without mistakes.
My opinion is probably not the popular opinion. My main objective is to inform everyone watching that NASCAR racing is more technical than perceived. Take a little time during each race to break down the objectives of the drivers and teams. If you can do this you will learn something from the race every week. You will learn just how hard these teams work on perfecting each scenario they are faced with. You will learn how they work through the continuously moving targets they must hit during each event to have the best race possible. Mainly, you will learn how the drivers and teams that win, make the fewest mistakes.