Richmond: Jack Sprague - NASCAR spotlight

Sprague and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series history intertwined To say the history of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series has a Jack Sprague (No. 16 Chevy Trucks Chevrolet) imprint would be an understatement. Sprague not only has his name on...

Sprague and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series history intertwined

To say the history of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series has a Jack Sprague (No. 16 Chevy Trucks Chevrolet) imprint would be an understatement.

Sprague not only has his name on almost every list in the series history, including two of the series' closest championship battles, but he's the only three-time champion in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

"It's cool, but I'd really like to win another one before I retire," said Sprague. "I'm enjoying myself in the series and have a great team with a lot of support."

Returning to the series this year, Sprague is driving for the team that has won the last two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championships as the series heads to Richmond International Raceway for Thursday night's Kroger 200.

"I love the series," said Sprague. "The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series fits in really well with where I'm at in my career. It allows me to have a life outside of racing. It's just a great series."

Sprague was the first driver in the series to top career earnings of three million dollars and four million dollars. With a 20th-place finish or better tonight, he will become the first driver to top the five-million-dollar mark in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

"I haven't paid a lot of attention to that," said Sprague. "I guess I've got my name on a lot of records in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series."

Sprague hopes to become the first driver in the series to win three races at Richmond.

"I love racing at Richmond," said Sprague. "I won the last time I was there and I think we have a great shot at winning there this year. I'm bringing the truck I won Mansfield with and every time I've driven it, I've sat on the pole."

With only one win this season, Sprague knows his team has struggled, but credits his crew with continuing to work hard.

"We've had a great truck all year," Sprague said. "There have only been two races where we haven't been that great. We'll figure it out before the end of the season.

"I think we can finish in the top five [in points] if we figure what our problem has been this year," said Sprague. "I'd like to win some more races this year for our team and Chevrolet, and gain momentum for next year so we can go after another championship."

If Sprague regains his championship form of old in 2005, he could very well add another record to his list -- the first four-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion.

-nascar

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