Homestead: Jack Sprague preview

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Jack Sprague
#16 CHEVY TRUCKS SILVERADO

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 - 55.1%) and top-ten (147 - 75.0%) finishes (196 starts)

Holds series records for most races with lead lap finishes (151-77.0%) and races running at the finish (175-89.3%) (196 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 - 196

Has won most poles in NCTS history - 26

Has won from the pole five times in NCTS competition (196 starts)

Has started in top-three 73 times resulting in 41 top-three finishes (56.2%) (196 starts) 19 wins; 15 seconds; 7 thirds

Has started in top-five 102 times resulting in 65 top-five finishes (63.7%) (196 starts) 20 wins; 22 seconds; 9 thirds; 6 fourths; 8 fifths

Has started in top-ten 158 times resulting in 125 top-ten finishes (79.1%) (196 starts) 23 wins; 30 seconds; 17 thirds; 11 fourths; 15 fifths; 6 sixths; 4 sevenths; 8 eighths; 6 ninths; 5 tenths

Has only started out of the top-fifteen 17 times (196 starts) (8.7%)

Has only finished out of the top-fifteen 34 times (196 starts) (17.3%)

JACK SPRAGUE HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY QUOTES

ON HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY: "We tested at Homestead a couple of weeks ago and were really happy with how well it went. The track has changed a great deal from last year. It is actually very surprising that a track could lose so much grip in such a short period of time. Testing there was critical for us because now we know what we need to do this weekend to be in a strong position to win the race. The track has several grooves but it is still going to be hard to pass because of the lack of grip. Our Chevy Trucks Silverado should be pretty good right off the truck so we can really work on our race strategy as well as getting a good qualifying run. Track position will be key and starting up front always helps that. We finished fifth here last year and have always run pretty well so we are looking for good things this weekend.

"This is our last chance this season to win again and obviously we want to do that very much. Everyone on this Chevy Trucks Silverado team is as determined as we have ever been to win and to use our recent successes as momentum for next season. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is, in my opinion, the toughest competition anywhere now and that will be even more the case next season. We feel like we have built a very strong program here and will have a legitimate shot at the championship in 2005."

-jkd-

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