Sprague to announce new sponsor at Fontana

CONCORD, NC (Oct. 23, 2000) - After winning the last two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events at California Speedway, you know Jack Sprague can't wait to get back the 2-mile Fontana track for this weekend's Motorola 200. While Sprague...

CONCORD, NC (Oct. 23, 2000) - After winning the last two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events at California Speedway, you know Jack Sprague can't wait to get back the 2-mile Fontana track for this weekend's Motorola 200. While Sprague will be looking for a three-peat on the track, the driver of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado will also be in the spotlight when he and the team announce a new primary sponsor for the 2001 campaign prior to Saturday's season-ending NCTS race. "I think this is going to be a great deal for everyone involved," said Sprague, preferring to not name his new sponsor until the 10 A.M. Saturday press conference in the California Speedway garage area. "Of course, it's going to be a great deal for me personally and for Hendrick Motorsports, but I think the Craftsman Truck Series is really going to benefit from this new association. I think they are going to take primary sponsorship to a whole new level in the Truck Series and I'm really excited to be a part of that." For the past two seasons, Sprague has sported the GMAC Financial Services logo and colors as the primary sponsor on his Hendrick Chevy Silverado. The company will remain with Sprague in 2001 as a major associate sponsor. "The last two years have been very special," Sprague stated. "The GMAC people are the best I have ever worked with. They're not just my sponsor, they've become good friends. It was an honor to race for them the last two years and I'm glad we could deliver a series championship in 1999. I'm very pleased we're going to stay together on an associate basis next season." Sprague captured the 1997 NCTS title in addition to the 1999 division crown. His 19 career victories (three this season) place him second in that category in NCTS history. Sprague is also the only driver to compete in all 145 NCTS events contested since the series was launched in 1995. The 36-year-old driver has 78 Top-5 finishes (53 percent) in those starts and was the first to eclipse both $2 and $3 million NCTS career earnings. "We're obviously looking to improve on all of those marks in 2001," stated Sprague. "We've always had the kind of people, equipment and financial resources at Hendrick Motorsports to make our Chevy trucks go fast. With this new sponsor, we're going to have that and more next year, so the competition better look out."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jack Sprague
Teams Hendrick Motorsports