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Jarrett's team fell fast

Updated: May 13, 2004, 11:23 PM ET
By Rupen Fofaria | Special to ESPN.com

Mike Ford couldn't believe how quickly everything had disintegrated.

When the crew chief left the No. 88 Robert Yates Racing Ford team in 1999, Dale Jarrett had just won the Cup championship.

When Ford returned -- leaving his gig with Ray Evernham after guiding Bill Elliott back to competitiveness last season -- he found the 88 team in disarray. The once powerful operation was bordering on ineptitude.

It wasn't a simple case of one team member bringing everyone else down; the ...

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