Sprague Las Vegas preview

LAS VEGAS, NV (October 8, 2001) - As the curtain falls on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, those involved in the sport are looking forward to the final three events of the season. That's especially true for Jack Sprague, driver of the...

LAS VEGAS, NV (October 8, 2001) - As the curtain falls on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, those involved in the sport are looking forward to the final three events of the season. That's especially true for Jack Sprague, driver of the No. 24 NetZero Chevrolet Silverado, as he heads into this weekend's Orleans 350 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "Vegas is a smooth, fast track - the ingredients that mix up to be my kind of racing," stated Sprague. "I was surprised we didn't run here last year, but we're back now and it should be a good race." The return to the 1.5-mile Las Vegas oval could prove to be a profitable one for Sprague. Since the first NCTS race at the track in 1996, Sprague has dominated the four events beginning with a visit to Victory Lane in the inaugural event. A second-place finish followed in 1997 before another win came in the 1998 event. Sprague then closed out the solid run with a second-place finish in the most recent Truck Series event at LVMS in 1999. "The amount of success I've had at Vegas is really pretty incredible," said Sprague, who also has captured two Bud Pole Awards (1996, 1998) at Las Vegas. "I can honestly say, I don't consider myself to be lucky by any means, but when running here, the monkey's always seemed to stay off my back. Maybe that's another reason I'm looking forward to Sunday's race." Can Sprague continue to dominate at a track he holds so many fond memories? The crew chief of Sprague's NetZero Silverado, Dennis Connor, seems to think so. "I'm looking forward to this race just as much as Jack is," Connor remarked. "The truck we call, 'Bud Light' has been picked to make the long haul for the Las Vegas race. It's a great truck - it won at New Hampshire and Jack drove it to second-place finishes at Milwaukee and Dover this season. We've won at Las Vegas in the past and there's no reason to think we can't do it again." A solid run, or another win at Las Vegas, would go a long way in boosting Sprague to his third NCTS title. Currently, the 1997 and 1999 division titlest is atop the standings, 64 markers in front of Joe Ruttman heading into the Las Vegas event. "I'm not really a gambling man, but I'd be willing to bet the fans will get a good show," said Sprague. "I just hope I'm there at the end to collect the 'Jack pot'. This NetZero team has a lot going for them right now and we need to keep focused, not only to win here, but concentrate on the championship." Sprague continues his quest for the NCTS title wheeling the No. 24 NetZero Chevrolet Silverado around Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday, October 15th. The 22nd of 24 NCTS events this season will take the green flag at 6 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time and will be telecast live on ESPN. MRN Radio will also broadcast the event worldwide as it happens.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jack Sprague , Joe Ruttman