Sprague Scores Another Solid Top-Five Finish at Texas Ft. Worth, Texas - Jack Sprague and the ...
Sprague Scores Another Solid Top-Five Finish at Texas
Ft. Worth, Texas - Jack Sprague and the #16 Chevy Trucks Silverado team scored another solid top-five finish in the Silverado 350K at Texas Motor Speedway. Sprague's fifth place finish kept him solidly in the top-ten in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point standings with four races remaining in the 2004 season.
"We didn't qualify all that well," said Sprague after securing the 19th starting position. "With the impound procedure, there are some tracks you are going to have to sacrifice some in qualifying for a better race setup. Texas is one of those places."
At the drop of the green, Sprague was on a charge and moved through the field and was closing in on the top-ten when the yellow flew on lap 14. Sprague pitted for fuel only to stretch his fuel window. The stop dropped him back to 20th in the order but the Spring Lake, MI native didn't waste any time heading back toward the front.
Sprague took the fifth spot on lap 110 and held off all challengers to score his seventh top-five finish of the season.
"It was a good day for our Chevy Trucks Silverado," said Sprague. " We started out loose then got tight. We probably shouldn't have pitted that first time but I don't think it hurt us too bad except put us far back in the order and we had to pass a lot of trucks to get back to the front. We were just a little tight and I got aero tight it seemed especially around a Dodge.
"The guys had great pit stops and we didn't loose one position on pit road. The guys kept adjusting on it and we really were pretty good but then we started to tighten up just a tick and couldn't turn in the center like we needed too. I thought I might have a run at David (Starr) there at the end but I just got too tight so do anything with him. But this is another top-five for us and this is how you win championships. We can't win this one this year but we are building our momentum for a run at the title next season. We did a good job for Chevrolet today with two of us in the top-five and Dennis (Setzer) pretty close behind us.
"Those Toyotas are fast and they handed us our lunch today" concluded Sprague. "That isn't good for us but I know that the GM Racing people we have supporting us will help us get these Silverados back in the lead."
The next race for the three-time NCTS champion and the #16 Chevy Trucks Silverado team is October 23 at Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, VA for the Kroger 200. Sprague and company won the pole in the spring NCTS event and went on to finish third.
The green flag will fly at Martinsville 1:00 PM EDT. SPEED TV will provide live flag-to-flag coverage. MRN and XM Satellite will bring all the action live over the airwaves.