BUSCH: Nashville II: Jack Sprague race report

Sprague, NetZero Chevy play winning tune in Nashville. LEBANON, TN (June 10, 2002) - Jack Sprague and his No. 24 NetZero Chevrolet Monte Carlo dominated Saturday's Inside Traxx 300 at Nashville Superspeedway and in the process rolled to the...

Sprague, NetZero Chevy play winning tune in Nashville.

LEBANON, TN (June 10, 2002) - Jack Sprague and his No. 24 NetZero Chevrolet Monte Carlo dominated Saturday's Inside Traxx 300 at Nashville Superspeedway and in the process rolled to the NASCAR Busch Series victory. The win was Sprague's first in 90 NBS career starts.

"Tonight was just awesome," said Sprague, who earned the traditional Gibson guitar trophy for his winning effort. "I'm telling you, when I saw that guitar in the driver's meeting I knew I wanted it real bad - I can't believe I've got it. During that last caution, my crew chief Dennis Connor told me he'd pay for guitar lessons for a whole year if I won the race. I guess he's got some paying up to do now."

Sprague took the lead for the first time on Lap 23 and led the field to the first caution flag on the 61st circuit. Sprague and the rest of the leaders rolled into the pits to take on four tires and fuel and, thanks to solid pit work by his NetZero crew, returned to the track still at the top of the running order.

Sprague, who earned 23 wins en route to three NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championships, continued his quest for his first NBS win running in the Top-5 throughout the race. The Spring Lake, MI driver battled Greg Biffle for the top spot in the closing stages of the event taking the lead for the last time on Lap 203. The Hendrick Motorsports driver then cruised the final 22 circuits without incident to score the win. Before heading to victory lane, Sprague treated the large Tennessee crowd to a wild series of burnouts.

"Winning a Busch race was something I've wanted and this team needed to do for a while now," said Sprague, who spent four years in the Busch Series before heading to the Craftsman Truck Series in 1995. "The NetZero Chevy was really good all weekend and once the race started, we knew we were bad to the bone after about five laps into a run. I'm surprised it took us so long to win because we've been close so many times this year. Now I've got that monkey off my back."

Sprague earned $50,910 for his winning performance and continues to lead the 2002 NBS championship chase with 2177 points. Sprague, the defending Craftsman Truck Series champion, is currently 80 markers ahead of runner-up Jason Keller in the NBS point standings.

Next up for Sprague and the NetZero Chevy will be the Kroger 300 Presented by OREO at Kentucky Speedway. The event will take the green flag Saturday night, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 16th of 34 NASCAR Busch Series races this season will be telecast live on FX. MRN Radio will also broadcast the race live worldwide on more than 400 stations including the American Armed Forces Network.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Keller , Jack Sprague
Teams Hendrick Motorsports