BUSCH: Talladega: Jack Sprague preview

Sprague, NetZero Chevy ready for ultrafast Talladega draft. TALLADEGA, AL (April 15, 2002) - Jack Sprague has just two career starts on the highbanks of Talladega Superspeedway, but the three-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion knows a...

Sprague, NetZero Chevy ready for ultrafast Talladega draft.

TALLADEGA, AL (April 15, 2002) - Jack Sprague has just two career starts on the highbanks of Talladega Superspeedway, but the three-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion knows a lot about speed and that's what you can expect when Sprague and his No. 24 NetZero Chevrolet Monte Carlo tackle the world's fastest speedway in Saturday's Aaron's 312.

"Talladega is one of those tracks that's really fast, especially in the draft," said Sprague. "You can't really use notes from other tracks like Daytona and Michigan because the corner configurations and the degree of banking are so much different. What isn't different is the draft and having a car that can run in it all day. Respect will be the key word for this race because without that, something big will usually happen."

Sprague, usually a veteran of multiple starts at almost every track he faces, has limited experience on the 2.66-mile Talladega highbanks.

"I've only raced here twice and that was back in the early 90's," said Sprague of the Alabama speedplant. "Basically, it's a clean slate for us this weekend. That's when this NetZero team does its best work. Even though we didn't test at Talladega, I have a feeling the car will be pretty good right from the get go. I have a lot of faith in my team."

Sprague's previous NBS seat time at the Talladega tri-oval came in 1992 and 1993. The Spring Lake, MI driver came in the (year) Fram 500K with 13th-place qualifying effort and a commendable 15th-place finish to back it up.

"This Hendrick Motorsports team has never been to Talladega, so we're all in this together," said Sprague. "My guess is with our success at Daytona in the past - both in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the Busch Series car - we'll be just fine. The car we're bringing for the race is what we had as a back up for Daytona. It was actually a Pontiac then, but had a Monte Carlo body put on for this race. We know it was good then and should be great now."

Sprague enters the Aaron's 312 NBS event coming off another second-place finish in the most recent series race at Nashville Superspeedway. He currently leads the point standings heading into the 304 Lap Talladega race with 1045 points. Second in the point standings is Randy LaJoie who trails Sprague by 78 points.

"I'm definitely happy with our second place finish at Nashville, but it sure would be nice to get a win," said Sprague. "We had a good car all weekend, but we figured we would. The car we ran had already given us two Top10 finishes this season. We just got snookered on the last caution and wound up second."

The Aaron's 312 NASCAR Busch Series race at Talladega Superspeedway will take the green flag Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be the seventh of 34 NASCAR Busch Series races this season and will be telecast live on FOX. MRN Radio will also broadcast the race live.

About NetZero:
NetZero is a United Online company. United Online is a leading Internet service provider that commenced operations in September 2001 as the result of its acquisition of NetZero and Juno Online Services -- two of the most recognized Internet access brands in the United States and Canada. Through its subsidiaries, United Online offers both free and value-priced Internet access services in more than 5,000 cities. The company is headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., with offices in New York City and Hyderabad, India. United Online's common stock is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the ticker symbol "UNTD." For more information about NetZero and United Online, visit www.unitedonline.net.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jack Sprague
Teams Hendrick Motorsports