Jack Sprague heads home to Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. - ...

BROOKLYN, Mich. - #24 Team GMAC driver Jack Sprague has all the incentive he needs heading into Saturday's Michigan 200 (ESPN: 1:30 p.m. EDT), the second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event to be held at Michigan Speedway.

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Sprague, a 35-year-old native of Spring Lake, Mich., has the rare opportunity this weekend to win in front of family, friends and his primary sponsor.

GMAC Financial Services, headquartered in Detroit, recently celebrated its two-year anniversary as primary sponsor of the #24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado.

Two years ago, Sprague gave GMAC an immediate return on its investment by winning on July 18 at California Speedway. His victory came just three days after the July 15th press conference that announced GMAC as sponsor.

Sprague also won last year's season finale and the '99 NCTS title at California Speedway, which serves as Michigan's sister track. Both feature two miles of superspeedway distance and ample opportunity to pass at several points around the track.

And Sprague was stout in his lone Michigan appearance, as the driver of the #24 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet used a late surge to finish fourth here in 1999.

"Michigan (Speedway) resembles California an awful lot," Sprague said. "It's the same distance; it's plenty wide and you've got enough room to pass all over the track. I'm real optimistic about Saturday because we've done well at California and Team GMAC turned in a good effort here at Michigan last year."

The two-time and defending NCTS champion added, "It's as close to racing in GMAC's 'hometown' -- and my own, and Chevrolet's -- as we're going to get. And there's nothing like a little home cooking when you're on the road. I'm not gonna kid anybody, it would be special to win this thing in front of so many friends and my family on Saturday."

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