Sears Point: Jack Srague preview

INFINEON RACEWAY FAST FACTS * The 2003 Dodge/SaveMart 350 will be Jack Sprague's first NASCAR Winston Cup event on the 1.95-mile road course. The NetZero HiSpeed Racing team tested at the track for two days in April, but opted to bring a new ...

INFINEON RACEWAY FAST FACTS

* The 2003 Dodge/SaveMart 350 will be Jack Sprague's first NASCAR Winston Cup event on the 1.95-mile road course. The NetZero HiSpeed Racing team tested at the track for two days in April, but opted to bring a new car, which it tested at Road Atlanta last week, to the event this weekend.

* Sprague has made four Truck Series starts at Sears Point.

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

* Sprague is currently in 35th place in the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup driver point standings.

* The NetZero Racing team picked up three spots in the owner point standings after its Top-20 finish last weekend in Michigan.

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

Sprague makes his first road course start of his rookie season in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series this weekend at Infineon Raceway. The team tested for the event several weeks ago and also spent a day testing at Road Atlanta last week.

SPRAGUE ON THE DODGE/SAVEMART 350... "We spent a couple of days testing at the track back in April and were relatively happy with the results. I don't have a ton of experience at this track, and I've got a lot to learn. We raced here in the truck series, but it was a couple of years ago before they made the latest changes to the track. After the test the Haas CNC Racing team built a brand new NetZero HiSpeed Pontiac, so we aren't bringing back the same car we tested. We had the opportunity to shake the new car down last week at Road Atlanta and I think it will be even better than the car that we were initially planning to bring. Tony Furr and the guys have really been building some good cars. We're so much more competitive than we were in the beginning of the season. I think everyone has stepped it up. The guys have worked hard and we've been able to improve every aspect of this race team. We qualify better, we race better and we finish better most of the time. Infineon Raceway is a different kind of animal though. The concentration level is so high. You always have to be thinking about what's coming up next. There are some really good road racers these days in the Cup Series and hopefully I can learn a little from them and stay out of trouble. If we can do that, than I think we can have a pretty decent day."

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