Sprague, NetZero Platinum Chevrolet Looking To Hit NCTS Trifecta At Nashville NASHVILLE, TN (August 6, 2001) - In the history of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, only a trio of drivers have been able to win three races in a row. Oddly enough,...
Sprague, NetZero Platinum Chevrolet Looking To Hit NCTS Trifecta At Nashville
NASHVILLE, TN (August 6, 2001) - In the history of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, only a trio of drivers have been able to win three races in a row. Oddly enough, Jack Sprague isn't one of them.
Sprague, who owns the majority of NCTS single season and career records, can join Mike Skinner, Ron Hornaday, Jr. and Greg Biffle in the three-consecutive win column with a victory in the inaugural Federated Auto Parts 200 at Nashville Superspeedway this weekend. According to Sprague, the victor in the last two NCTS events at New Hampshire and Indianapolis, winning at the new Nashville track won't be easy.
"I haven't seen the new Nashville track, so I have no idea what we are in for," said Sprague, driver of the No. 24 NetZero Platinum Chevrolet Silverado. "I don't mind the concrete surface at all. It's very deceiving because you'd think something white doesn't have a lot of grip. We're used to racing on asphalt all the time. This NetZero Platinum, Hendrick Motorsports team is also used to running extremely well on concrete tracks. We won the last race we had at Bristol and we've run very well at Dover (DE) Downs in the past. I don't see any reason why we won't run well at Nashville."
Sprague has been running better than well lately, breaking yet another of Skinner's NCTS marks when he led his 11th consecutive race this season en route to the win at IRP. Sprague, the only driver to compete in all 161 series events since the division debuted in 1995, also eclipsed the 24,000-miles completed mark (25,616 possible miles) at IRP. Throw in the fact that Sprague, the 1997 and 1999 NCTS division champion, also assumed the points lead for the first time this season by virtue of his win in the Power Stroke 200, and there's little wonder why he's looking forward to the Nashville event.
"I'm excited about going there, excited about going to a new racetrack," said Sprague of the 1.333-mile Nashville track. "On the other hand, I really loved the old Nashville Speedway USA track. That was one of our better racetracks. We'll just have to wait and see what we've up against when we get to the new Nashville track. Hopefully, it will be as fun as the old one."
Sprague scored his first NCTS career short-track win on the old Tennessee State Fairgrounds half-mile oval in 1997, battling his old nemesis, Hornaday, to the finish.
"I remember we had a green, white, checkered flag finish at the end of the race and I was scared to death that Ron Hornaday was second," said Sprague. "I was a little fast and was able to stay in front of him, so I was able to win the race. Last year in the final Truck Series race there, we had all but six trucks lapped when we had a motor problem. We were kicking them pretty good and the thing blew up and we finished 30th.
Sprague and his NetZero Platinum mates will be looking to notch the NCTS trifecta when the Federated Auto Parts 200 takes the green flag at Nashville Superspeedway, Friday, August 10, at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be televised live on ESPN and broadcast worldwide on MRN Radio.
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