Atlanta II: Jack Sprague preview

"Monkey" Wins in Martinsville, Heads to Atlanta For Another Big Race: For NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series fans' wondering what that stuffed animal in Victory Lane at Martinsville was with Jack Sprague, wonder no more. That was "Monkey" -- the...

"Monkey" Wins in Martinsville, Heads to Atlanta For Another Big Race:

For NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series fans' wondering what that stuffed animal in Victory Lane at Martinsville was with Jack Sprague, wonder no more. That was "Monkey" -- the newest addition to the No. 60 Con-way Freight Toyota family. After a string of bad luck at the race track, the Wyler Racing team befriended "Monkey" and brought him to Martinsville.

"The guys on the team got a big old stuffed monkey after Talladega because nothing has been going right for us," Sprague said. "We had four miserable races in a row, and in three of those we had a top five truck. So the guys thought if they befriended the monkey that it would all be good. I think we're going to keep it around for a while."

"Monkey" did everything with the No. 60 team -- inspection, qualifying, practice -- and "Monkey" even sat on top of the pit box with crew chief Tony Furr during the race. And at day's end, "Monkey" celebrated in Victory Lane with Sprague and the Con-way Freight team. Following the race, "Monkey" traveled back to the Wyler Racing shop in Mooresville in the driver's seat of Sprague's No. 60 Toyota.

This weekend, "Monkey" will travel to Atlanta Motor Speedway where he will be back in action with the team on pit road on Friday and Saturday.

Sprague on Atlanta Motor Speedway:

"Atlanta owes me one after last year. Last fall at Atlanta was my second race ever with Wyler Racing, and we had the truck to beat. We were dominant all day and had a heck of a lead, but then the caution flag came out. Some of the guys came in and got tires, and we stayed out. The tires ended up beating us, and even though I spun out coming off turn four, I still finished fourth. But I want that win at Atlanta. If we can get our truck handling like it was last fall, we'll have one of the fastest trucks there. We've got momentum and "Monkey" on our side after the Martinsville win, and I hope we can continue that this weekend."

Career at Atlanta Motor Speedway:

Sprague has eight career starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck, Busch and Nextel Cup Series combined. Sprague's best finish at Atlanta came last fall with Wyler Racing, when he finished fourth.

-credit: wyler racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
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