LEXINGTON, Ky. - With Texas Motor Speedway gladly in his rear view mirror, ...
LEXINGTON, Ky. - With Texas Motor Speedway gladly in his rear view mirror, #24 GMAC driver Jack Sprague looks to get back on track in Saturday's Kroger 225 (ESPN: 7:30 p.m. EDT), the inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at the newly-christened Kentucky Speedway.
Items of note include:
¨ Sprague's lap 120 accident in Friday's event at Texas Motor Speedway ended his remarkable, record-breaking run of top-five finishes at nine. He finished 28th and dropped 14 points behind Greg Biffle in the chase for top spot in the NCTS standings.
¨ While he'll be making his Kentucky Speedway debut Saturday, it won't be Sprague's first time competing in the Bluegrass state. In fact, it will be the 35-year-old driver's sixth Kentucky start after five previous appearances at .438-mile Louisville Speedway. Sprague's best finish there was fifth place in October 1999.
¨ Inaugural events have been good to Sprague and his #24 Team GMAC crew. In 1996, he took the checkered flag in first-ever events at both Nazareth Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
¨ Kentucky Speedway is a $152-million, 1.5-mile paved speedway with 14 degrees of banking in the turns and eight degrees in the straights.
SPRAGUE'S THOUGHTS HEADING INTO SATURDAY'S KROGER 225:
"It's a long season and you're going to have some downs to go with your ups along the way," Sprague said. "Things can turn quickly, as we found out in Texas, and it's important for Team GMAC to focus forward right now."
Added Sprague, "We've had a good season so far and we're not going to let a little bump in the road spoil it. I think we'll have something for the rest of the field at Kentucky. The biggest thing is (crew chief) Dennis (Connor) is really good at finding something quick. And the track looks a lot like Las Vegas; the place is awesome."