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SPRAGUE LOOKS TO END SEASON WITH WINNING WAYS "Con-way Freight Honors A Truck Driving Champion Of Another Kind" MOORESVILLE, NC (SEPTEMBER 5, 2006) - For three time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Jack Sprague, winning is second nature.

SPRAGUE LOOKS TO END SEASON WITH WINNING WAYS

"Con-way Freight Honors A Truck Driving Champion Of Another Kind"

MOORESVILLE, NC (SEPTEMBER 5, 2006) - For three time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Jack Sprague, winning is second nature. The Spring Lake, Michigan native has 26 career wins (second in the Series record books) and 28 career poles (tied for first in the Series).

With eight races remaining in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, Sprague wants to grab that checkered flag a few more times before the season ends.

Sprague and the Wyler Racing team scored their first win of the 2006 season at Memphis Motorsports Park in July in dominating fashion. Sprague started on the pole, led 133 laps and celebrated with his No. 60 Con-way Freight team in Victory Lane when the checkered flag fell.

After that first win, both Sprague and his No. 60 team are hungry for more.

"This Wyler Racing team can still win several races this year, and I think we will win," Sprague said. "Everyone says that getting your first win is the hardest. Well, we got that behind us in Memphis. It was the first win for Wyler Racing, for a lot of guys on the team and for our sponsor Con-way Freight.

"Now, these guys know what it feels like to win. And they want to get back in that winner's circle a few more times before the season is over with."

And Sprague isn't the only driver for Con-way Freight who is a champion and used to winning. Dale Duncan, a driver for less-than-truckload freight carrier Con-way Freight, a subsidiary of Con-way Inc., was named the best truck driver in America when he won the grand champion title at the National Truck Driving Championships held two weeks ago in New Orleans. Duncan, from Chula Vista, California, is the first Con-way driver to win the "Best of the Best" title.

"I've gone to a couple of the Con-way driver championships this year, and what Dale Duncan accomplished is pretty incredible," Sprague said. "He is a true champion. I hope that the No. 60 Wyler Racing team can continue to deliver race wins and a championship to Con-way Freight in the future."

So far this season, Sprague has one win, one pole, seven top-five and nine top-10 finishes. He also became the first driver in Series history to reach the $6 million mark in earnings earlier this season.

With eight races remaining in the 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, Sprague sits in eighth place in the points standings -- 378 points behind leader Todd Bodine and 77 points out of the top five.

"I think it's probably going to be a long shot for us to win the championship this year at this point, but we can still get in the top three barring any unforeseen problems and just bad luck," Sprague said. "We can still win several races, too. And if we do win several races, you never know what might happen.

"That being said though, I'm really excited about the end of this year and going after that fourth championship next year."

After a few off-weekends, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will return to action at New Hampshire International Speedway -- a track that Sprague loves -- on Saturday, Sept. 16. In eight truck starts at the one-mile flat track, Sprague has one win and three runner-up finishes.

"I love New Hampshire," Sprague said. "It's been a great track for me. I've got a win there, and I have had a lot of really good runs there. I don't know what it is, but I love racing there. It would be the perfect place for the No. 60 Con-way Freight Toyota to get back to Victory Lane."

-credit: wyler racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Jack Sprague