RON HORNADAY, JACK SPRAGUE SET TO RENEW BATTLE FOR NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK TITLE HOMESTEAD, Fla. (January 15, 1999) - NASCAR's Craftsman Trucks Series is set to open its fifth season of competition March 20 at the Miami-Dade Homestead ...
RON HORNADAY, JACK SPRAGUE SET TO RENEW BATTLE FOR NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK TITLE
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (January 15, 1999) - NASCAR's Craftsman Trucks Series is set to open its fifth season of competition March 20 at the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex, and continue one of the successful division's most popular traditions - the battle between Ron Hornaday and Jack Sprague for the championship. Both Hornaday - the 1996 and 1998 titlist - and Sprague - the 1997 champ - look poised to continue their domination of NASCAR's fastest-growing series. Hornaday is the leading winner in series' history with 23 victories. Sprague is third with 13, trailing only Hornaday and current NASCAR Winston Cup driver Mike Skinner (16). "We've got two great teams, two great trucks and one great manufacturer - Chevrolet's the best," said Hornaday, who was testing the Dale Earnhardt Inc. NAPA Chevy Silverado at Homestead Friday in preparation for the March 20 season-opening Florida Dodge Dealers 400. "But I'm not even going to picture the two of us fighting it out for the championship again - you've got 70 other trucks that want to win the title." "There's no rivalry - we both want to win, that's all there is to it," said Sprague, who drives the GMAC Silverado fielded by Hendrick Motorsports. Unofficially, Sprague posted the fastest lap of the two-day Chevrolet test, the debut of the Silverado body style in racing trim. He ran a simulated qualifying run of 36.3 seconds (148.760 mph), just off his 1998 pole position time of 36.173 (149.283) mph. But Sprague's fastest lap wasn't what had the Michigan driver smiling. "We've basically been working on our race setups, and ran pretty fast on old tires, running consistent 36.60s. That's the name of the game. I like this place, we always run good here, and I think we've got a good shot at winning here in March." Sprague has finishes of second, fifth and second in three races at Homestead. While he dominated the event in March, leading nearly half the race, he wound up 2.4 seconds short behind upset winner Rick Crawford. Hornaday also has three top-10 finishes in the Florida Dodge Dealers 400, third, sixth and eighth. The Florida Dodge Dealers 400 joins the CART FedEx Championship Series in the Speedway's season-opening March 19-21 weekend. Sunday's event schedule features the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Presented by Toyota, plus the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Series. For ticket orders, call (305) 230-7223. For additional information, visit the Speedway's official website, www.racemiami.com.