Three-Time Champion Named Driver of Kevin Harvick Inc.'s No. 2 Truck as Teammate to Ron Hornaday, Jr. Detroit (November 3, 2007) - Chevrolet is pleased to welcome back Jack Sprague as one of its Silverado drivers beginning at Daytona,...
Three-Time Champion Named Driver of Kevin Harvick Inc.'s No. 2 Truck as Teammate to Ron Hornaday, Jr.
Detroit (November 3, 2007) - Chevrolet is pleased to welcome back Jack Sprague as one of its Silverado drivers beginning at Daytona, 2008. Kevin Harvick announced at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) that Sprague has signed a multi-year agreement to drive the No. 2 Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS).
Sprague, a three-time NCTS champion, will begin a new chapter in his racing career as he joins two-time Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday at KHI in 2008.
"We are very pleased to welcome Jack back to the Chevy Silverado program with KHI in 2008," said Dayne Pierantoni, NCTS program manager for GM Racing. "Having two former champions with the talented personnel and great resources at KHI will be exciting for everyone at GM Racing and Chevrolet. There are no two harder racers in the NCTS garage than Ron and Jack.
"Kevin and Delana (Harvick) have put together a powerhouse duo for the NCTS starting next season. There is no doubt that Ron and Jack will be charging to the front and competing for wins from the drop of the green flag at Daytona in February."
Harvick made the announcement live on SPEED TV during the NCTS pre-race program prior to the start of the Silverado 350K
"We're really excited to add Jack Sprague to the No. 2 truck next year," said Harvick. Jack and Ron will make good teammates. DeLana and I are thrilled to have two racers. We don't have to develop young drivers. We can go out and be competitive and our Truck Series program has been very competitive this year. We're looking forward to putting Jack in and running very competitively week-in and week-out. We couldn't be happier to have two hardcore racers.
"Jack brings years of racing experience to KHI and will be a great asset to Ron and the entire truck program. Ron Hornaday and Jack Sprague are what truck racing is all about," Harvick continued. "They are both hard-core racers. I know that they will both give everything they have until the checkered flag falls, and those are the kind of guys I want driving for me."
The Spring Lake, Michigan native tops the charts as the NCTS all-time money winner with more than $6 million in earnings over the course of his career. A total of 25 of Sprague's 28, second on the all-time win list behind his 2008 KHI teammate Ron Hornaday, NCTS wins came behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Silverado. He is second on the all-time pole lists with 32 poles to his name. Sprague also holds the Truck Series record for the most top-five and top-10 finishes.
Combined, Sprague and Hornaday have total of five NCTS championships; 61 NCTS victories; 47 NCTS poles and 223 top-five finishes.
"I am very happy about this opportunity that has come about at Kevin Harvick Inc.," Sprague said. "I have known Kevin and DeLana for a long time. Kevin is a racer and he knows the importance of having good people around. The whole organization at KHI is very impressive and I look forward to having the opportunity of winning more championships. I'm really excited and wish we could start next week.
"I have a lot of respect for Ron. We have been racing together for several years. I have thought before about how cool it would be for Ron and I to retire as teammates. I am really excited and look forward to running for another championship with my new teammate. Ron and I have had a great relationship over the years and have raced each other extremely hard. We might have to be a little bit nicer to each other now but I'm really excited.
"It's kind of ironic, too, and I was talking to Ron a little bit ago about this. Back when I drove for Hendrick and Ron drove for Dale Earnhardt, Kevin drove the No. 75 truck for Wayne Spears. We used to mess with him so badly and we'd joke about it later. Now, we both work for him. So, it's kind of touchy."
Hornaday, who is currently embroiled in an intense battle to capture his third NCTS crown, is looking forward to having Sprague make the jump to KHI in 2008.
"Jack is a very intense driver and having him as a teammate is a big plus for the entire KHI family," said Hornaday. "The truck program is strong now, but running two full time truck teams in 2008 and having the extra support will make it that much stronger.
"The only good thing about it is he (Sprague) won't run into me as much now. But Sprague is totally wrong - one thing about Kevin is that as long as the trucks are out front, we both can race as hard as we want. Kevin and DeLana are giving us the right trucks and everything else and I'm just glad to have Jack over there. We have similar driving styles - we drive in too hard like we're not supposed to and we do everything the way we're not supposed to, but they keep putting trucks under me. So, I think Jack will be a great fit over there at KHI."
As Chevrolet Silverado winds down a very successful 2007 season in NCTS competition, 2008 promises to be the most exciting and successful yet when Silverado teams and drivers unload at Daytona in February for the season kickoff.
-credit: gm racing