Sprague Signs GMAC Financial Services

Sprague inks a sponsor for remainder of 1998 by Shawn A. Akers HARRISBURG, N.C. (July 15, 1998) The search is over. Jack Sprague can finally get on with his life, and his racing season. Wednesday at the Hendrick Motorsports complex,...

Sprague inks a sponsor for remainder of 1998 by Shawn A. Akers

HARRISBURG, N.C. (July 15, 1998) The search is over. Jack Sprague can finally get on with his life, and his racing season. Wednesday at the Hendrick Motorsports complex, GMAC Financial Services announced that it will be the primary sponsor of the defending NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion's No. 24 Chevrolet for the remainder of the 1998 season. Reporters at every venue the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series has visited this season have hounded Sprague with questions surrounding sponsorship for his truck. That won't happen anymore. "We've raced 11 races this year, and it seems like everywhere we go, the first question for me is, 'When are you guys going to get a sponsor?,'" said Sprague, who currently leads the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point standings. "Unfortunately, I hadn't been able to answer that question except for with, 'When we do, we're going to be real excited about it.' "I had really had no idea of the magnitude of the sponsor we were going to get with GMAC. I'm extremely excited and I think I speak for my whole team and (crew chief) Dennis Connor in saying I never dreamed we'd get a sponsor like this. I think we're going to have a great relationship with them." "We've had a great relationship with GMAC over the years on the automotive side, and we're sure this relationship will now be just as good if not stronger than ever," Hendrick Motorsports president John Hendrick said. Following last season's championship run, Quaker State, Sprague's primary sponsor in 1997, announced that it would reduce its sponsorship role on the truck to associate status for 1998. Without primary sponsorship, Sprague has posted one victory, three Bud Poles, 10 top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. He leads the standings by 26 points over rival and 1996 series champion Ron Hornaday. "Back in January, we had a team meeting and our entire crew dedicated themselves to just going ahead and deciding right then that we were going to repeat our championship, with a sponsor or without one," Connor said. "We wanted to become the first team in the series to not only win two championships, but two consecutive championships. "We have probably been sidetracked with all the questions about the sponsorship deal. We have tried to just focus solely on racing the truck. We've faltered a little bit and circumstances have caused us not to win races. But we feel like we've got the best team, the best driver, the best owners, the best crew, and now we have the best sponsor." The No. 24 Chevrolet, which sported a green and white point scheme in the past but has been primarily white this season, will now be blue and white, with the red "bow tie" symbol of Chevrolet emblazoned on it. Sprague is more confident than ever now that he and the No. 24 team can repeat as NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champions. "I'm extremely excited about the rest of the year," Sprague said. "Our goal is to win more poles and obviously win more races. We've let a few of them slip through our hands already this year unfortunately. Our biggest concern is to win the championship again for Hendrick Motorsports and for GMAC now." Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jack Sprague
Teams Hendrick Motorsports