GREAT EXPECTATIONS FOR WYLER RACING IN '06
"Three-Time Champion Jack Sprague Plans Run For The 2006 NCTS Championship"
MOORESVILE, NC (December 6, 2005) - Since their arrival on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series scene at the Milwaukee Mile this past June, Wyler Racing has demonstrated its ability to be a force in the series which has resulted in some great expectations for the 2006 season.
By their 11th race in the series, the No. 60 Jeff Wyler Toyota Tundra team had three-time Series Champion Jack Sprague behind the wheel. In the remaining five races with his new team, Sprague brought home two top-5 finishes and three top-10 finishes. He had near miss wins at both Atlanta and the season finale in Homestead. All impressive accomplishments for a team that started with nothing towards the end of June.
"It is really incredible when you look back at what we have built here in such a short time," stated team owner Jeff Wyler. "We put this team together in only a matter of days before going to Milwaukee for our debut. Then as we continued to race the remaining events we built the team as we went along. For the first three races we took only one truck to the track and had to qualify on time since we were not in the top-30 in points. We managed to successfully build the team while also putting up some productive performances on the track. I am proud of what we have been able to do to this point and it is a great testament to Tony Furr (crew chief) and all the guys on this team. The support we have received from Toyota has also been such a tremendous asset to this organization."
In total, Wyler Racing competed in 15 races during the 2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season with a season best second-place finish in the finale at Homestead. The team also led a total of 78 laps of competition with 45 of those coming during a dominant performance late in the season at Atlanta which was spoiled by a last turn accident while Sprague was leading the race. In all the team accomplished three top-5, 6 top-10 and 9 top-20 finishes.
"This team is really amazing - we have all the key pieces in place," said Jack Sprague. "Between the trucks Toyota supplies us with, Tony Furr, all the guys on the team and the support from the Wyler's - I know we have a real good chance of taking home that (Championship) trophy next year. I'm really proud to be associated with Jeff and David Wyler. They are incredible owners and they have given us one great organization to utilize. This team has built up a lot of momentum in only a few races this past year and we plan on keeping that going. I'm ready to bring home my fourth championship and a first for both the Wyler's and Toyota."
"We are extremely excited about the potential of this team," added Wyler. "Tony (Furr, crew chief) and the guys on this team have done a fantastic job putting this all together. With Jack (Sprague) behind the wheel, we have put all the key ingredients of a successful season together. It's been great working with Jack these past five races. He has built up a great rapport with the team and we are really looking forward to taking him to Daytona. We have great expectations for 2006."
Wyler Racing hopes to have a full-time sponsor for the No.60 Tundra in place before testing on January 13th and 14th at the Daytona International Speedway in preparation for the 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season opener at the "World Center of Racing".