Atlanta: Jack Sprague preview

ATLANTA FAST FACTS The 2003 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 will be Jack Sprague s second NASCAR Winston Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Sprague made his first Atlanta appearance in the 1992 Atlanta 300 Busch Series event starting 12th and...

ATLANTA FAST FACTS

The 2003 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 will be Jack Sprague s second NASCAR Winston Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Sprague made his first Atlanta appearance in the 1992 Atlanta 300 Busch Series event starting 12th and finishing 42nd.

Sprague s most recent Atlanta appearance came in the 2002 Busch Series race. He started 5th and finished 42nd.

In three starts at AMS, Sprague has never qualified outside of the top 12.

Sprague and his NetZero Pontiac did not test for the Atlanta event, the first time this season the team did not test for a race.

Sprague is currently 28th in the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup point standings.

Sprague is a three-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion (1997, 1999, 2001).

Sprague is a 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate. He currently sits just one point out of second place in the rookie points battle.

JACK SPRAGUE ON THE BASS PRO SHOPS MBNA 500

I'm looking forward to racing in Atlanta. We didn'y test there and I ve only raced on the track three times once in a Cup car in 1996 on the old Atlanta track and twice in a Busch car. We qualified pretty well in the Busch car there last fall, but had some engine problems that cut our day short. As much as I hate to be considered a rookie, this is actually one of the places that I really don'y have a lot of experience. Everyone talks about how fast the track is, and I like to go fast, so I can'y wait to get in the NetZero Pontiac and get out there.

SPRAGUE ON 2003

One of our main concerns right now is to maximize our practice time before a race. We ve lost a lot of practice time this year, so when we get to the race we end up spending a lot of time making changes to the car. We ve been behind the eight ball a couple of times already this year. When we can get through practice and qualifying without any mishaps and be able to concentrate on race setup in the final practices, we ll be a lot better on raceday.

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