Fontana: GM Racing Saturday morning report

Johnny Benson, driver of the No. 10 Valvoline Pontiac Grand Prix, was forced to switch to a backup car after a practice crash on Saturday morning. Benson blew an engine, which caused him to lose control and make contact with the outside retaining...

Johnny Benson, driver of the No. 10 Valvoline Pontiac Grand Prix, was forced to switch to a backup car after a practice crash on Saturday morning. Benson blew an engine, which caused him to lose control and make contact with the outside retaining wall in turns three and four.

Jack Sprague, No. 0 NetZero Pontiac Grand Prix:

ON POSTING HIS BEST QUALIFYING RUN OF THE YEAR ON FRIDAY AT A TRACK WHERE HE HAS A LOT OF EXPERIENCE:

"Anything you can do to run laps anywhere will help you. We've had a lot of success in the truck series here. We've won two races here and finished fourth last year in the Busch race.

"The car came off the truck pretty decent. We stayed around 20th quick or so all day, went to make our 'banzai' run and broke a transmission. We're getting there. We're not where we need to be. Our bodies are still not where they need to be. This is kind of a patched up job. It's the car we ran at Texas and ran decent - finished 22nd. Tony [Furr] patched it up the best he could. We've got a pretty wicked piece going for Charlotte and that'll probably be the beginning of our year, as far as being prepared."

"I definitely think we're improving. That's obvious. We qualified 14th at Martinsville and 12th here. We've got two good qualifying runs in a row. Now, we've got to start finishing good. We have to perform. We have to start performing and I think we're on the right track."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Johnny Benson , Jack Sprague