Career at Phoenix International Raceway: This will be Jack Sprague's 15th career start at the Phoenix International Raceway. Along with 12 previous starts at the track in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Jack has to his credit one start...
Career at Phoenix International Raceway:
This will be Jack Sprague's 15th career start at the Phoenix International Raceway. Along with 12 previous starts at the track in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Jack has to his credit one start in each the Nextel Cup Series and the Busch Series.
Jack On Phoenix:
"It is safe to say that Phoenix is by far my most favorite track on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series circuit. It reminds me a lot of a bigger version of the Concord (NC) Motorsports Park where I did a lot of late model racing early in my career. I have had a lot of success at the track over the years -- I had three wins in a row in the late 90's there and I have accumulated something like five poles as well. On top of that, this Wyler Racing team is really on top of their game and is giving me awesome Toyota Tundra's each week out here. We have had real solid runs here the last two weeks out and it is exciting coming into my favorite track the way we are running. We really want to win one of these last races as we build some momentum with this Wyler Racing team for a run at the 2006 Championship."
Jack On Finishing In the Top-10 In Points:
Do you feel added pressure to finish in the top-10 since you have always finished there ever since you have started driving in the series?
Of course there is added pressure -- pressure I put on myself. I've had an up and down year with only one win but I've managed to stay on the bubble of the top-10 in driver points all season. Changing teams with only 5 races left in the season hasn't really affected my point status. Moving to Toyota with Wyler Racing has been a great opportunity. We came close to a win in Atlanta but still finished fourth and that along with a sixth place finish this past weekend in Texas has put us back in the top-10. We still have two races left and Tony Furr (crew chief) and the rest of the guys on the Wyler Racing team have put together some great Tundra's so I think we will be ok.
Yes, I think the added competition in the series has made it more difficult to stay in the top-10. Before you came in and there wasn't as much competition so myself Ron (Hornaday) and Mike (Skinner) were able to win a lot of races putting us in the top-10 in driver points every year. Now you have a lot of trucks, good drivers (new drivers and veterans) plus the increased factory support. You need to really have your truck dialed in week in and week out. I'm not too worried though as I'm happy with the Wyler Racing Toyota team and look forward to bringing home a championship in 2006.
Sprague is the hands-down, most dominant competitor at P.I.R. He has completed every one of the 1,857 laps/miles available in his 12 starts. His nine top-five finishes include eight finishes of first or second. Sprague has finished in the top 10 in 11 of 12 starts and has led 739 of the track's 2,159 laps. The latter figure represents 34.2 percent of the laps led. No other driver has led in double figures.
* Jack will be making his 221st career start in the Craftsman Truck Series this week.
* Jack will be making his fourth start for his new team -- Wyler Racing -- and Toyota Motorsports. He has collected two solid top-10 finishes in his last two races (fourth in Atlanta and sixth last week in Texas)
* Jack has one win to his credit so far this season (Texas) and has collected one pole as well (Milwaukee).