MANSFIELD, Ohio - Three-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Jack Sprague gave Chevrolet Silverado their first win of the 2004 NCTS season with a dominating performance in Sunday's inaugural UAW/GM Ohio 250 race at Mansfield Motorsports ...
MANSFIELD, Ohio - Three-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Jack Sprague gave Chevrolet Silverado their first win of the 2004 NCTS season with a dominating performance in Sunday's inaugural UAW/GM Ohio 250 race at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway.
Jack Sprague , No. 16 Chevy Trucks Silverado (1st Place Finish):
"We just kept digging and saved our stuff and it worked out. The first two cautions I caused. The preferred line is the center here. I came up on the 72 and she went to the top of the track so I went to the bottom and she came down and I hit her. Then the 02 must have gotten spooked and hit the brakes and I hit her in the back and spun her. I thought man I'm not going to get out of here tonight. I didn't hit one else after that.
"We were good in testing on Friday but with the weather difference we made a bunch of changes but we went the right way. I was a little tight at the beginning but not bad. We ran about 170 laps on that second set of tires because we didn't want to pit again and give up track position. Hamilton (Bobby) was good for quite a while there. I thought he and Dennis (Setzer) were the two who had something for us today. When we got back to the front and the truck was handling really well even as the tires were getting more and more laps on them, we decided it wasn't worth giving up the lead because we weren't all on the same pit sequence. It was the right decision to make.
"It was like a rocket when it came off the corners it hit so hard. It was one of those situations that it was not bad to be tight off the center. The #16 Chevy Trucks Silverado was just perfect today. We had the power under the hood and are pleased about our finish."
"I spent a lot of time with these guys before I made the decision to come to this team. I was a little rocky in Atlanta but these guys have worked so hard. I complained about not having enough horse power and they found me more. I pulled less gear then anyone else out there today, I guarantee it."
"I had perfect pit stops today and it all just came together. I had a blast here, these short tracks are great. I was even passing some of these trucks on the bottom. This is what makes the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series so much fun, we were doing some beating and banging out there and everyone was having a ball. I don't think there was anyone who had a straight truck when it was over and the fans got a great race. I'm looking forward to coming back here next year.
"I can't say enough about all GM Racing and Chevrolet have done for us this season. I am glad to be able to give them their first win in 2004.