Pocono: Jack Sprague preview

JACK SPRAGUE ON THE POCONO 500... "I've never raced at Pocono, never even seen the place before we got here for the test last week, but we had a pretty good test. I think we'll be in pretty good shape when we get to the track because Tony [Furr,...

JACK SPRAGUE ON THE POCONO 500... "I've never raced at Pocono, never even seen the place before we got here for the test last week, but we had a pretty good test. I think we'll be in pretty good shape when we get to the track because Tony [Furr, crew chief] has been successful just about everywhere we go and that certainly helps in situations like this. To me, it's like three different race tracks in one. I think it's a blast. Plus, we're coming off a couple of pretty good runs without the results to show for it. We need to keep the momentum going. Hopefully, we can get in a decent qualifying run and put together a good finish too."

SPRAGUE ON IMPROVEMENT... "Last week at Dover was a heartbreaker. We had problems in qualifying and had worked our way to the front by midway through the race. We were a little tight, but we kept making adjustments to the NetZero Pontiac and it got better and better. The pit stops were great; we either held our position or picked up spots on pit road. I think we had a Top-5 car, and the car we ran in Charlotte was great the week before too, so I feel like we've made real progress over the past couple of weeks. The cars are a lot better, the communication between Tony and I is really good and the pit crew has really stepped up the program. When you can get everything working together like that, it's fun to go to the track. It had been kind of tough before when everything seemed to be going in the wrong direction, but even though the finishes haven't been what they should have been for the past couple of weeks, I think this is almost like a completely new team. It's definitely a new beginning for us and we hope we can keep improving every aspect of this Haas CNC Racing team and keep getting even better every week."

POCONO FAST FACTS

The 2003 Pocono 500 will be Jack Sprague's first race at Pocono Raceway. The NetZero HiSpeed Racing team tested at the 2.5-mile track for two days at the end of May and will return with the same car.

The NetZero Racing team spent two days testing at Sprague's hometrack, Michigan International Speedway, this week.

Sprague is a three-time NCTS champion (1997, 1999, and 2001).

Sprague is currently in 39th place in the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup point standings.

Sprague is a 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate and currently holds fourth place in the overall standings.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jack Sprague