Sprague finishes 14th at PPIR. FOUNTAIN, CO (July 27, 2002) - Jack Sprague and his No. 24 NetZero Chevrolet Monte Carlo didn't have the results they were hoping for as he rolled to a 14th-place finish in the NetZero 250 NASCAR Busch Series ...
Sprague finishes 14th at PPIR.
FOUNTAIN, CO (July 27, 2002) - Jack Sprague and his No. 24 NetZero Chevrolet Monte Carlo didn't have the results they were hoping for as he rolled to a 14th-place finish in the NetZero 250 NASCAR Busch Series race at Pikes Peak International Raceway Saturday.
"There's not a whole lot to say about today," said Sprague. "It was an uneventful race, which is surprising. PPIR usually has some good racing action. There was only one caution and not much of the racing you'd expect to see here. The NetZero Chevy was loose going in the corners and pushed a bit in the middle of the turn. This car isn't a favorite of mine and I hope we never bring it back. If you put aside the few good finishes this car had at Dover and Loudon, it's been nothing but a headache to handle."
As it was in previous races with the car Sprague calls "evil," the Spring Lake, MI driver had his work cut out for him after disappointing 24th-place qualifying effort Friday. At the drop of the green flag, Sprague's red, silver and black NetZero entry lingered around the middle of the pack eventually working its way into the Top-10 during the first pit cycle. Sprague later pitted for four fresh tires, fuel and major chassis adjustment, all in a lightning quick 15.53 seconds. Unfortunately, the adjustments did little to improve the way Sprague's mount handled for the remainder of the race. Despite turning in lap speeds faster than the leaders at times during the closing stages of the event, Sprague just managed to stay on the lead lap and eventually settling for his 14th-place finish.
"I said this car was extremely evil when I had it at Chicago a few weeks ago I just didn't have the chance to race it because the engine blew up on Lap 14," Sprague stated. "I quickly remembered how much I hated it when we got to PPIR. I thought we'd end up with a Top-10, not a 14th-place finish. We're still third in the points race, but we're losing ground each week. We need some really great finishes in the next few weeks to catch back up."
Sprague earned $21,385 in prize money and now has 2815 points, 219 markers behind the front-running Greg Biffle in the 2002 NBS championship chase
Sprague and the NetZero Chevy's next venture is the Kroger 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. The event will take the green flag Saturday, August 3 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be telecast live on TNT. MRN Radio will also broadcast the race live worldwide on more than 400 stations including the American Armed Forces Network.