PPIR Truck Preview

Countdown at 4 days to the NASCAR Tripleheader at PPIR ... FOUNTAIN, Colo. - Defending NASCAR Truck Series champion Jack Sprague, trussed up with ace bandages and a rib belt, won $42,775 with his second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory...

Countdown at 4 days to the NASCAR Tripleheader at PPIR ... FOUNTAIN, Colo. - Defending NASCAR Truck Series champion Jack Sprague, trussed up with ace bandages and a rib belt, won $42,775 with his second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory this year in the No Fear Challenge Saturday at California Speedway in Fontana.

Sprague heads to Colorado for Saturday’s Tempus Resorts 300K at Pikes Peak International Raceway a little richer and a lot more sore.

He crashed in practice for the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National race on Friday, which left him with three bruised ribs on his left side. But despite searing heat that exceeded the 100-degree mark, Sprague declined a relief driver during the 200-lap race.

"This is the first week with my new sponsor, GMAC, and I'm really happy for them," Sprague said following his 10th career victory.

The sixteen lead changes was one shy of the all-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series record. Twenty-three trucks finished on the lead lap; 28 of the starters finished the race and of the eight DNFs, two were for transmission and six were for engines. We got us a convoy ... GREAT PHOTO OP!

Up to 30 show-quality NASCAR Craftsman Truck teams will send their 18-wheelers to Chapel Hill Mall on North Academy on Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. for a free display. Many of the top drivers will be inside the Sears store for a free autograph session from 6-7 p.m. At 7 p.m. the rigs will convoy to PPIR on I-25 behind a police escort. The NFL goes Truckin’ at Phil Long’s

Former NFL coach and current Fox/HBO commentator Jerry Glanville is now a Craftsman truck and Winston West racer, and he will be joined by former Ohio State and Denver Bronco great Randy Grandishar to sign autographs from 1-7 p.m. at Phil Long’s new Nissan ValuCar location at 104 W. Aryada in Colorado Springs. For info, call Steve Rangel (505-298-1882). Media Day is Thursday during Craftsman Truck practice

An informal media gathering (with lunch) will take place in the infield media center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All Craftsman truck teams and drivers will be on hand for interviews. MEDIA MEMBERS ONLY. Don’t forget the start time for the Tempus Resorts 300K

The start time for Saturday’s feature race is 11:30 a.m. Set your alarm clocks! One of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest to drive in KIDDE Safety Winston West Race

Hershel McGriff, 70, has a new Hendrick Motorsports car and will compete in Sunday’s KIDDE Safety 200 Winston West race. McGriff, who has 36 Winston West titles, was selected as one of NASCAR 50 Greatest Drivers ever. He will arrive for practice at PPIR on Friday.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jack Sprague , Hershel McGriff
Teams Hendrick Motorsports