NASCAR Craftsman Truck Veterans Reach Milestone at Atlanta Motor Speedway HAMPTON, Ga. (March 5, 2007) -- Jack Sprague and Rick Crawford will both reach a milestone during the March 16 American Commercial Lines 200 Craftsman Truck Series race at...
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Veterans Reach Milestone at Atlanta Motor Speedway
HAMPTON, Ga. (March 5, 2007) -- Jack Sprague and Rick Crawford will both reach a milestone during the March 16 American Commercial Lines 200 Craftsman Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway when they start their 250th career Truck race.
Between them, Sprague and Crawford share nearly 300 top-10 finishes, 33 wins, more than 80,000 competition miles driven, and as soon as the green flag drops on March 17, 500 career starts.
"I didn't realize it was going to be my 250th career start in the Craftsman Truck Series until someone said something to me the other day," Sprague said about his feat. "That is pretty darn cool. What are the odds of myself and Rick Crawford doing it at the same time?"
Run under the cloak of night after Georgia Power NEXTEL Cup Qualifying, the American Commercial Lines 200 will set the stage for a historical race for two of the Craftsman Truck Series' most seasoned veterans, both of which are still searching for their first Atlanta win.
"When the sun sets at Atlanta for a Truck race, crazy things seem to happen," Crawford said. "I am sure with my 250th start coming at that track, it will be one to remember and I hope I am out front when the checkered flag falls."
While both drivers have started the same number of races, their paths to number 250 have been quite different. Crawford, a Mobile, Ala. native, made his Truck Series debut in 1997 and has only missed one start, coming in 2005, when he was sidelined with an injury sustained during qualifying.
On the contrary, three-time Truck Series champion and current points leader Jack Sprague started his Craftsman Truck career with 122 consecutive starts, then took two years off to run in the Busch and NEXTEL Cup Series, before returning to the Truck Series in 2004.
"I have tested the waters in the Busch and Cup Series but the trucks have just been something special for me and a place that I call home," Sprague said. "I have been very fortunate during my career to win three championships in the Craftsman Truck Series and race with some great teams. But I must say that I am having the most fun in my racing career right now."
Both Crawford and Sprague are among the top-five in laps led at Atlanta and Crawford holds the track qualifying record of 182.735 mph, set in the spring of 2005.
"Atlanta and I have a love-hate relationship," Crawford said. "I love racing there but some times I don't think she likes me too much. Two of the biggest wrecks of my career have been there, but I also set the track record and I've led a lot of laps there."
Tickets still remain for Georgia Power NEXTEL Cup qualifying and the American Commercial Lines 200 Craftsman Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Tickets can be obtained by calling 877-9-AMS-TIX, by visiting www.atlantamotorspeedway.com or at the gate on Friday evening, March 16.