FORT WORTH-DALLAS (September 26, 2001) - Jack Sprague has long been recognized as a superspeedway ace in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. But all Sprague had to show for his career results at Texas Motor Speedway was a trail of bad luck and ...
FORT WORTH-DALLAS (September 26, 2001) - Jack Sprague has long been recognized as a superspeedway ace in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. But all Sprague had to show for his career results at Texas Motor Speedway was a trail of bad luck and mechanical gremlins until he won June's O'Reilly 400. That victory, plus solid performances since, makes Sprague one of the favorites in the Silverado 350 on Friday night, October 5 at the 1.5-mile superspeedway.
The two-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion used the Texas victory to propel himself into the middle of the tightest point race in series history. Sprague is currently dueling with Joe Ruttman and Scott Riggs for the title.
"Looking back, Texas is probably the place where our season turned around," Sprague said of the victory that broke a 22-race winless streak. "We had a couple of good finishes at Pikes Peak and Dover leading into Texas and we finally broke through and got a win there.
"It seemed like an eternity between wins but since then, we've been able to put some great efforts together and that's carried us to the top of the point standings.
"We have had some awesome runs this year," continued Sprague. "My NetZero Platinum Chevy trucks have been the best I have had in my career, and that's kind of funny given they are the same trucks we have always had. Dennis (crew chief Connor) and the guys at Hendrick Motorsports have done an outstanding job preparing our Silverado trucks. I'm just the guy lucky enough to ride the rocket."
The Silverado 350 will be the first race on the resurfaced Texas Motor Speedway. Sprague is one of the Craftsman Truck Series drivers who have run test sessions on the new asphalt.
"The groove hasn't changed at all, but the track has so much grip that you can pretty much hold it to the mat all the way around the track now," said Sprague. "They did a great job resurfacing the track.
"If your truck is handling right, you will be able to just mash the pedal and hold on in qualifying. You won't be able to do that throughout the race, but it will still be plenty fast."
O'Reilly 400 runnerup and third-place finishers Brendan Gaughan and David Starr will challenge Sprague in the Silverado 350. Gaughan will be behind the wheel of the TKO Motorsports Dodge based in Saginaw, Texas, just north of Fort Worth. Starr, who lives in Arlington, Texas, will be driving the Chasco Silverado with members of the Team Texas Driving School serving as his pit crew.
Tickets for the Silverado 350 are on sale daily at the speedway ticket office, by calling (817) 215-8500, online at www.texasmotorspeedway.com and at Ticketmaster locations.