Darlington: Jack Sprague preview

DARLINGTON FAST FACTS The 2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 will be Jack Sprague's first NASCAR Winston Cup race at Darlington Raceway. Sprague made his initial Darlington appearance in the 1990 Gatorade 200 Busch Series event starting 3rd and ...

DARLINGTON FAST FACTS The 2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 will be Jack Sprague's first NASCAR Winston Cup race at Darlington Raceway.

Sprague made his initial Darlington appearance in the 1990 Gatorade 200 Busch Series event starting 3rd and finishing 25th.

Sprague's most recent Darlington appearance came in the fall 2002 Busch Series race. He started 3rd and finished 5th.

Sprague finished in the top-10 in both Busch Series races at "The Track too Tough to Tame" in 2002.

Sprague earned the pole position for the first-ever Darlington NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race in 2001.

Sprague is currently 34th 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 holds down third place in the rookie points battle.

JACK SPRAGUE ON THE CAROLINA DODGE DEALERS 400...

"Darlington is a tough track and demands respect. Just when you think you might be getting comfortable with the track it can, and will, reach out and bite you every time. Hopefully, we'll get there and have a setup that will be pretty good right off the truck. That way we can concentrate on just making small changes to make the NetZero Pontiac better as the weekend wears on."

SPRAGUE ON MAKING IT THROUGH THE FIRST FOUR RACES...

"Getting to the fifth race of the season is a big deal for a first-year team like the Haas CNC Racing team. We were fortunate to have some points from the few races we ran last year to fall back on in case we needed to, and it turned out we did. Now if something happens and we need to depend on a provisional to get into a race it's all based on our performance from this season. Of course, at 34th in the points, we may not be exactly where we would like to be, but the way I see it, it could be a lot worse. I hate to use provisionals, I hate to start in back, but some of that is to be expected in our situation. Sure, we're concerned that we've had some setbacks this season, but unless you're leading the points, you always want more. This NetZero team is not going to panic. We're a professional organization that deserves to be Cup racing. We've got a great sponsor, we've paid our dues, been through good and bad times and we've always stuck together until we reached our goals. It may take a little while, but this year won't be any different."

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