Daytona: Jack Sprague preview

* Only three-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion -- 1997, 1999, 2001 * Leading NCTS money winner exceeding $5 million in winnings-only driver in series history to exceed $5 million mark * Only driver to start all 170 events as NCTS ...

* Only three-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion -- 1997, 1999, 2001

* Leading NCTS money winner exceeding $5 million in winnings-only driver in series history to exceed $5 million mark

* Only driver to start all 170 events as NCTS full-time competitor 1995-2001

* Holds series records for total top-five (108 -- 54.8%) and top-ten (148 -- 75.1%) finishes (197 starts)

* Holds series records for most races with lead lap finishes (152-77.2%) and races running at the finish (176-89.3%) (197 starts)

* Second on all time NCTS win list with 24 (needs 2 wins to tie, 3 to be all-time series winner)

* Second on all time NCTS starts list -- 197

* Has won most poles in NCTS history - 26

* Has won from the pole five times in NCTS competition (197 starts)

* Has started in top-three 73 times resulting in 41 top-three finishes (56.2%) (197 starts) 19 wins;

15 seconds; 7 thirds

* Has started in top-five 103 times resulting in 65 top-five finishes (63.1%) (197 starts) 20 wins; 22 seconds; 9 thirds; 6 fourths; 8 fifths

* Has started in top-ten 159 times resulting in 126 top-ten finishes (79.2%) (197 starts) 23 wins; 30 seconds; 17 thirds; 11 fourths; 15 fifths; 6 sixths; 5 sevenths; 8 eighths; 6 ninths; 5 tenths

* Has only started out of the top-fifteen 17 times (197 starts) (8.7%)

* Has only finished out of the top-fifteen 34 times (197 starts) (17.3%)


ON EXPECTATIONS FOR 2005: "The 2004 season set a solid foundation for this Chevy Trucks team. As the season wound down, we learned a great deal and feel like we built some great momentum for this year. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is so competitive. Every race there are probably 15 trucks with a legitimate shot at winning. With the impound rule in place now at every race, teams are going to really have to be on their game when they unload at the track. I think it will make the racing even more competitive and the fans will really get their monies worth every race.

"We now have my old buddy Ron Hornaday as a member of our Chevrolet Team Silverado. Not only does that add to the competition on the track, but also increases the experience and knowledge of racing in the NCTS and gives the Chevrolet engineers and support team more resources to keep building our factory program.

"We have another tool in our pitbox this year with the addition of the second truck at Xpress Motorsports. Having Regan Smith to give us additional feedback from testing and practice is a huge benefit. We can experiment a little more to see how something will react on the truck with the second team in situations we may not want to take the risk on the Chevy Trucks Silverado because of the need for consistency in finishes to win races and the championship. Having an in-house teammate will be a huge asset to how we can improve our performance.

ON DAYTONA RACE: "For some reason, I haven't been able to have good results from this race. In 2000 we were involved in an early accident. In 2001, I had a decent run and we finished 12th and went on to win the NCTS championship. Last year we were involved in a wreck, got back out to run laps for points and had to settle for 19th. Superspeedway races are a roll-of-the-dice in many ways. Things happen so quickly out there that you can get caught up in something and taken out in a blink of an eye. Our goal is to have a good solid run. Obviously we want to take our Chevy Trucks Silverado to victory lane but we also know that comes down to the end and who is your partner in the draft. The key is to stay in the lead pack, steer clear of trouble, give your crew the feedback they need during the race to make changes that will help at the end when everyone is dancing with partners to go to the front and get the win.

"One thing that is in everyone's mind is that to be a serious contender for the championship this year, you can't afford to have any bad races. Starting the season with a DNF puts you in the hole when it comes to the points race. Sure, we have 24 more races to work our way back to the top of the standings but if someone gets out of Daytona with the win or a strong top-five finish and then puts together three or four more strong runs in a row, you are already have a huge mountain to climb if you had a bad Daytona race. It puts more pressure on the team, the pitcrew and the driver to leave Daytona with a solid finish. To be a contender for the championship this year, that is what is going to have to happen."


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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jack Sprague