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Jack Sprague Only three-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion - 1997, 1999, 2001 Leading NCTS money winner exceeding $5 million in winnings-only driver in series history to exceed $5 million mark Only driver to start all 170 events as...

Jack Sprague
Only three-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion - 1997, 1999, 2001

Leading NCTS money winner exceeding $5 million in winnings-only driver in series history to exceed $5 million mark

Only driver to start all 170 events as NCTS full-time competitor 1995-2001

Holds series records for total top-five (108 - 55.4%) and top-ten (147 - 75.4%) finishes (195 starts)

Holds series records for most races with lead lap finishes (150-76.9%) and races running at the finish (174-89.3%)

Second on all time NCTS win list with 24 (needs 2 wins to tie, 3 to be all- time series winner)

Second on all time NCTS starts list - 195

Has won most poles in NCTS history - 26

Has won from the pole five times in NCTS competition (195 starts)

Has started in top-three 73 times resulting in 41 top-three finishes (56.2%) (195 starts) 19 wins;

15 seconds; 7 thirds

Has started in top-five 102 times resulting in 65 top-five finishes (63.7%) (195 starts)

20 wins; 22 seconds; 9 thirds; 6 fourths; 8 fifths

Has started in top-ten 158 times resulting in 125 top-ten finishes (79.1%) (195 starts) 23 wins; 30 seconds; 17 thirds; 11 fourths; 15 fifths; 6 sixths; 4 sevenths; 8 eighths; 6 ninths; 5 tenths

Has only started out of the top-fifteen 16 times (195 starts) (8.2%)

Has only finished out of the top-fifteen 34 times (195 starts) (17.4%)

JACK SPRAGUE DARLINGTON QUOTES

ON DARLINGTON RACEWAY: "Darlington has certainly earned its reputation as a tough racetrack. I sat on the pole the last time I raced a truck there in 2001 but ended up finishing 12th. Bobby Hamilton and I were battling for the win when it started raining so NASCAR parked the trucks on pit road with covers on them and my crew discovered I had a flat rear tire. We couldn't do anything about it under the red flag rules so when the track dried and they re-started the trucks, we were going around under yellow and I pitted because of the flat. We got one to go, went green for just a short time and it started pouring so that was the end of the race.

"It is a fun track but a tough place to get the right setup under the truck because turns one and two are completely different than three and four. It is so easy to take the side off your truck coming off two because it is a high-speed corner and the corner narrows down as you come out on to the back stretch. Now with the safer barriers, it is even narrower. You have to have the truck handle perfectly through one and two so you can have good exit speed off of two. Then you should be neutral enough to keep it off the wall in three and four.

"We had a great weekend in Phoenix with the pole and the second place finish. I wanted to win that race so badly, not only for my Chevy Trucks Silverado team and everyone from Chevrolet who supports us, but for the Hendrick family as well. I had a photo of my buddy Ricky (Hendrick) and I sitting on a pit wall somewhere when we were teammates in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2001 taped to the dash of my truck last Friday. But we came up just a little short. We gave him a good ride though so maybe we can get one this weekend in Darlington."

-jkd-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Jack Sprague