WEST ALLIS, WI (July 1, 2001) - For the second-straight race, Jack Sprague and his NetZero Platinum Chevrolet Siverado were the class of the field only to come up just short of Victory Lane. However, unlike last week at Memphis where a ...
WEST ALLIS, WI (July 1, 2001) - For the second-straight race, Jack Sprague and his NetZero Platinum Chevrolet Siverado were the class of the field only to come up just short of Victory Lane. However, unlike last week at Memphis where a mechanical failure forced Sprague out of the race, the results were much better this time around with a second-place finish in the GNC Live Well 200 at The Milwaukee Mile.
"I don't know why, but I was bad loose on the last set of tires we had," said Sprague, who led all but one of the first 170 laps only to have Ted Musgrave slip by for the win in the late going. "When Ted passed me, I thought I would go right back by. My truck was a rocket all day long, but then I got really loose going into and off the corners. I don't know what happened. All I know is that last set of tires really didn't like my truck. They just made my truck miserable."
Life was anything but miserable for Sprague as he was clearly the class of the field during practice and qualifying for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event. Sprague kicked off a record-setting weekend by turning the fastest lap in qualifying touring the flat-one-mile Milwaukee oval in a time of 29.828 seconds (120.692 miles per hour). The effort was Sprague's third pole position of the season and a record third for the Spring Lake, MI driver at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds track. More importantly, the top run was Sprague's 16th NCTS career pole position giving him the division's all-time mark. Sprague had been tied with Joe Ruttman and Mike Skinner for most career poles with 15.
Sprague needed just one lap to set yet another mark, this one for laps completed in NCTS competition at the Milwaukee Mile when he led the first lap of Saturday's event. Save for one circuit where Chris Horn stayed on the track while Sprague pitted, the NetZero Platinum driver led every lap until Musgrave drove by on the 171st circuit. Try as he might, Sprague was unable to retake the lead settling for the runner-up spot at the finish.
"The crew did a great job," said Sprague. "The NetZero Platinum Chevrolet was awesome again. I can't say enough for those guys. We had great pit stops and everything was great all day long. We'll got o Kansas City and see if we can get them there."
Sprague earned $29,675 for the second-place effort and made a significant gain in the championship points chase closing to 59 markers of leader Ruttman.
"We're looking at the big picture here," said Sprague, the 1997 and 1999 NCTS champion. "We're in this to win another championship and while it's frustrating and disappointing to not win, we're running well every week. That's what you have to do to win a championship."
Next up for Sprague and his NetZero Platinum mates will be the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at the all new Kansas Speedway located outside of Kansas City, KS. The 12th event of 24 NCTS races this season will take the green flag at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time Saturday, July 7. The race will be telecast live on ESPN and will be broadcast by MRN Radio.