Jack Sprague looking for Victory Lane at Nashville. LEBANON, TN (April 6, 2002) - Jack Sprague hasn't been dieting, but with the weight of the ultra-fast speeds of Texas behind him, he'll probably look a little thinner for this weekend's Pepsi...
Jack Sprague looking for Victory Lane at Nashville.
LEBANON, TN (April 6, 2002) - Jack Sprague hasn't been dieting, but with the weight of the ultra-fast speeds of Texas behind him, he'll probably look a little thinner for this weekend's Pepsi 300 NASCAR Busch Series race at Nashville Superspeedway. With just one previous start to their credit, Sprague and his No. 24 NetZero Chevrolet haven't feasted on the newly ground concrete Nashville track yet, but looking forward to his first visit in a Busch car.
"This will be my second race at Nashville and a first for me in a Busch car," said Sprague. "We've been at this so long that there aren't many tracks where we don't have a lot of previous experience and success to rely on. Nashville is one of those places."
Sprague's previous seat time at the 1.33-mile Nashville tri-oval came in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series a year ago. The Spring Lake, MI driver qualified his NetZero Chevrolet Silverado on the outside pole for 2001 Federated Auto Parts 200.
"We had a pretty decent truck at Nashville last year, but we didn't have the finish to back it up," said Sprague, who came home 21st, nine laps down to event winner Scott Riggs. "Hopefully, we can do a lot better than that this time around. I'm sure the track will take some getting used with the concrete being ground down, but that shouldn't really be a factor. The car we're bringing this weekend is the same one that finished in the Top-10 at Rockingham and Darlington. It's a good car and I'm sure my Hendrick Motorsports guys will do a good job with the set-up even though we don't have a lot of old notes because we only ran the Truck Series race last year."
Sprague enters the Nashville NBS event coming off a second-place finish in the most recent series race at Texas Motor Speedway. He is currently second in the season standings heading into the 225 Lap Nashville race.
"I'm certainly not disappointed with our finish at Texas," said Sprague. "We had a really good car. We didn't get to see victory lane, but I don't really know if we would have even if the race stayed green. We had no choice and had to take four tires on the last pit stop because if we didn't, we would have been a sitting duck."
"I'm just glad Texas wound up being a safe race," said Sprague of the ultra-fast Fort Worth oval. "Those aren't the speeds you want to be running week after week and I'm sure everyone is breathing a sigh of relief as we head to Nashville. I know we're getting closer and closer each week, so maybe Nashville will be our best yet."
The Pepsi 300 NASCAR Busch Series race at Nashville Superspeedway will take the green flag Saturday, April 13 at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The event will be the seventh of 34 NASCAR Busch Series races this season and will be telecast live on FX. MRN Radio will also broadcast the race live.
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