Sprague regains lead on Hornaday's turf By Brett Borden SONOMA, Calif. (Oct. 11, 1998) Sears Point Raceway, site of Sunday's Kragen/Exide 150, seemed like the perfect place for Ron Hornaday to add a little breathing room in his ...
Sprague regains lead on Hornaday's turf By Brett Borden
SONOMA, Calif. (Oct. 11, 1998) Sears Point Raceway, site of Sunday's Kragen/Exide 150, seemed like the perfect place for Ron Hornaday to add a little breathing room in his never-ending points battle with rival Jack Sprague. Hornaday is no stranger to Sears Point, having tamed its many turns in several types of racing. He came to wine country hoping it would bring him one step closer to champagne at the end of the year -- the spoils of his second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship in three years. Sprague, on the other hand, came to Sonoma simply hoping not to suffer too much damage to his hopes for a second straight series title. So what happened? Sprague took home another top-10 and Hornaday packed only frustration in his return luggage. As a result, Sprague, who entered the weekend in second, exits it with an 18-point lead. The wheels didn't come off of Hornaday's wagon, but the axle nearly did. He was moving toward the front with relative ease before he found himself moving towards the garage area. "Just one of those days -- we broke an axle," the 1996 champion said. "Then because of that, we ended up losing a rear end gear. We got back out there and gained a few spots. I hope all the bad luck is behind us. The NAPA Brakes Chevy team never gives up and we are still in this championship race." Sprague had his own problem, though it paled in comparison to Hornaday's. He was penalized for speeding leaving the pits, putting him out of the hunt for the race but not the title. "The guys did a great job and the truck was awesome," said Sprague. "The GMAC Chevrolet was the best truck I've ever had here at Sears Point. Everything was good until I hung the shifter and we came and unhung the shifter and changed tires. I left the pits and NASCAR said I was speeding but I don't think I was. They brought me back in and held me for 15 seconds and I lost a lap. I got the lap back and got back on the lead lap. I got back to ninth. I had an awesome truck but it is just hard to pass here. We picked up the points lead and that's great." Hornaday has one more "home track" left on the schedule, next weekend's trip to Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif. After that, the season would seem to schedule Sprague, with the two final events set at Phoenix International Raceway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway, two of the tracks that helped him earn the nickname "Big Track Jack." But after this weekend, there's no telling who will gain ground where.
Source: NASCAR Online