DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - ...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - #24 Team GMAC driver Jack Sprague begins a new millennium of competition with a new paint scheme at a new track on Feb. 18. One thing that has not changed is the two-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion's desire to win.
Items of note leading up to the Feb. 18 running of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 250 at Daytona International Speedway include:
* As the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series enters its sixth season, Sprague is aiming to become the circuit's first three-time champion.
* The new season brings a fresh look for Sprague's #24 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet Silverado, which features a flashy two-toned paint scheme with blue and white serving as the dominant colors. Big, red thunderbolts also bedazzle down both sides of Sprague's #24 truck.
* Entering the 2000 season, Sprague has 16 victories and 13 pole positions in five stellar seasons of NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competition.
* The #24 Team GMAC/Hendrick Motorsports driver is one of only two NCTS competitors to win more than $3 million in a career ($3,156,635).
* Sprague has four Busch Grand National starts at Daytona International Speedway. He earned the outside pole for the 1991 event before finishing 28th. His best finish (19th) came in 1992.
Sprague's thoughts heading into the inaugural NCTS event at Daytona:
"We've tested the trucks a lot in the draft and they're really stable," Sprague said. "The biggest difference I've seen with the trucks as opposed to the cars is how much the truck picks up a draft from farther away. That's because of how much more air the trucks displace. And because of that, I think you'll definitely see the slingshot back in effect."
Added Sprague, "Getting a victory at Daytona would obviously jump-start our run to another title. But, regardless of that, winning at Daytona would be a thrill enough in itself. Ever since I was a kid, it's been one of those special places where you dream about getting to Victory Lane."
"In my opinion, the advantage lies in being up front," Sprague said. "I'd rather be in the lead and have the ability to block if necessary because otherwise you never know what's gonna happen (in the draft). It's just my nature to want to be (up front), so that's the approach we'll take heading into the race."