Nazareth Jack Sprague preview

NAZARETH, Pa. - Five plus years of competition in NASCAR's demanding Craftsman Truck Series have helped two-time champion Jack Sprague learn many lifelong lessons, chief among them: the best way to deal with disappointment is to win your next time...

NAZARETH, Pa. - Five plus years of competition in NASCAR's demanding Craftsman Truck Series have helped two-time champion Jack Sprague learn many lifelong lessons, chief among them: the best way to deal with disappointment is to win your next time out!

Coming off a 34th-place finish at New Hampshire, Sprague will try to do just that during Saturday's CHEVY SILVERADO 200 at Nazareth Speedway, a one-mile track that's helped contribute greatly to Sprague's reputation as "Mile Track Jack." Noteworthy items include:

* Sprague has enjoyed much success at Nazareth Speedway, a one-mile paved superspeedway with virtually no banking (six degrees at its highest point in turns three and four), including a victory from the pole in 1996 and another win in 1997.

* The 35-year-old Michigan native is the only NCTS competitor to win this event twice, pulling back-to-back victories at Nazareth (1996 & 1997).

* While no NCTS driver has managed to complete all 752 laps around Nazareth's demanding one-mile layout, Sprague has come closest with 751 successful serials!

* Sprague, driver of the #24 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet Silverado, and Joe Ruttman are the only NCTS competitors to register three top-ten finishes at Nazareth.

* If you're planning on watching or taping Saturday's CHEVY SILVERADO 200 (CBS: 1:30 p.m. EDT), be sure to allot some extra time in both cases. This event has produced an average of 9.2 caution flags since its inception in 1996, the year in which Sprague conquered the D-shaped layout for the first time.

* Sprague currently resides in unfamiliar territory after 15 races -- fourth place in the NCTS standings. A testament to his greatness over the years, the #24 Team GMAC driver had never been out of the top three (at this point in the season) since joining Hendrick Motorsports on a full-time basis in 1996.

SPRAGUE'S THOUGHTS HEADING INTO SATURDAY'S CHEVY SILVERADO 200:

"We've got some digging to do, that's for sure," Sprague said. "But I know Team GMAC is capable of getting right back in the mix. There's too much talent and character in this group to let a little disappointment get in our way."

Sprague added, "Any time you travel to a place you've won at previously, it helps your confidence heading into race day. We'll have something for 'em at Nazareth. A Chevy's won this thing three times in four tries and I want to be the one to make it four out of five on Saturday."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jack Sprague , Joe Ruttman
Teams Hendrick Motorsports