Phoenix Championship Gets Closer

Hornaday closes in on Sprague's turf By Matthew Leach PHOENIX (Oct. 24, 1998) Ron Hornaday couldn't make up any ground on Jack Sprague in his own back yard, so he did it at Sprague's house instead. After losing ground in the NASCAR...

Hornaday closes in on Sprague's turf By Matthew Leach

PHOENIX (Oct. 24, 1998) Ron Hornaday couldn't make up any ground on Jack Sprague in his own back yard, so he did it at Sprague's house instead. After losing ground in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series standings the last two weeks at Sears Point Raceway and Mesa Marin Raceway, Hornaday regained the points lead in Saturday's GM Goodwrench Service Plus/ACDelco 300 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Sprague has earned the nickname "Big Track Jack" for his strong performances at the series' superspeedways, and nowhere has he been better than at the one-mile Phoenix oval. With wins in three of his previous seven starts at PIR, Sprague has made Phoenix a home track away from home.

But it was at Sears Point and Mesa Marin, two of the best tracks for California native Hornaday, that Sprague took the lead back from his rival. And it was at Phoenix that Hornaday took it back.

Hornaday finished third in Saturday's event, extending his streak of eight top-10s in eight starts at the desert track. Sprague battled damage to his truck and radio failure and came home 13th, despite having the dominant truck in the early going.

This points race may well come down to which driver handles the pressure best in what is easily the tightest battle in the series' history. And if that's the case, there should be no worries about Hornaday, who has both a great support system and a great attitude.

"Thank the Lord and my wife," Hornaday said. "I tell you what, it takes a whole family to do this.

"We'll go to Las Vegas, try to win that one. I'm not gonna let it get to me like it did in '96. We're gonna have fun."

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr.