Michigan: Jack Sprague preview

MICHIGAN FAST FACTS " The 2003 Sirius 400 will be Jack Sprague's first Winston Cup event on the 2.0-mile speedway. The NetZero HiSpeed Racing team tested at the Speedway for one day last week and will return with the same car. " Sprague has...

MICHIGAN FAST FACTS

" The 2003 Sirius 400 will be Jack Sprague's first Winston Cup event on the 2.0-mile speedway. The NetZero HiSpeed Racing team tested at the Speedway for one day last week and will return with the same car.

" Sprague has run in four previous NASCAR events at Michigan International Speedway. He has made two Truck Series starts and two Busch Series starts at the track.

" The NetZero HiSpeed Racing team spent Tuesday at Road Atlanta testing for the upcoming road course event at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California.

" Sprague is a three-time NCTS champion (1997, 1999, and 2001).

" Sprague is currently in 37th place in the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup driver point standings.

" Sprague is a 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate and currently holds fourth place in the overall standings.

Jack Sprague Michigan Busch Series Results -
1993 Gasket 200 Started 26th, Finished 9th - Running
2002 Cabela's 250 Started 31st, Finished 15th - Running

Jack Sprague Michigan Truck Series Results -
1999 goracing.com 200 Started 5th, Finished 4th - Running
2000 Michigan 200 Started 15th, Finished 13th - Running

Sprague makes his return to his home state of Michigan for the running of the Sirius 400 this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Sprague, a native of Spring Lake, Michigan, has run two Busch Series races and two Truck Series races on the 2.0-mile track. Despite four top-15 finishes, Sprague considers MIS to be a track in which he has struggled in the past.

SPRAGUE ON THE SIRIUS 400

"I was really looking forward to a couple of days of testing the NetZero HiSpeed Pontiac in Michigan, but we were pretty much rained out when we came up here last week. We got on track for a little while the first day and worked on race runs, but it was a little disappointing not to be able to spend two solid days there. I haven't run as strong as I feel like I should have there in the past and I don't know why. I really don't have any problem with the track itself, I just haven't run well. Hopefully, the afternoon that we got on the track helped us to find something that will work for us when we get back there.

"Michigan is one of those tracks where you have to have everything working perfectly. You need to have a good handling racecar, great horsepower and good fuel mileage. If you haven't got all three of those things working for you then you could be in for a long day. We've gotten a lot better these last couple of races and we need to keep the momentum flowing."

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