FORT WORTH, Texas -- ...
FORT WORTH, Texas -- #24 GMAC driver Jack Sprague is on a good old fashioned roll as he Texas two steps his way into Friday's Pronto Auto Parts 400 K at Texas Motor Speedway.
Sprague notched his 19th career win - and third of the 2000 campaign - this past Saturday at Evergreen Speedway. As the #24 Team GMAC driver prepares to bid for career victory number 20 in the heart of Texas, consider these noteworthy items:
¨ Sprague, a 35-year-old Michigan product, now owns the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series record for most consecutive top-five finishes in a season with nine. He broke the tie with former rival Ron Hornaday by winning Saturday's Sears 200 at Evergreen Speedway.
¨ In 1998, Sprague blazed the fastest single lap in series history at Texas Motor Speedway. Sprague's record-setting speed of 178.642 mph put him on the Bud Pole for that race, an event he led on four occasions for 96 laps before finishing sixth. Sprague held the record through 1998.
¨ With his most recent win on Saturday, the Hendrick Motorsports driver matched his victory total from a season ago. To consider: Sprague has won three races during each of his previous championship seasons (1997 and 1999).
SPRAGUE'S THOUGHTS HEADING INTO FRIDAY'S EVENT IN TEXAS:
THE WIN AT EVERGREEN: "Obviously I had a good truck, but I didn't know it was good enough to come from a lap down and do the things it did," Sprague said. "For 80 laps, I drove it as hard as I possibly could and we had just enough left in the end to get the job done."
A COMPETITOR BY NATURE: "You know, just trying to win races and win that third championship is what keeps me fired up from week to week. I think when you're a competitive person by nature, you don't need much outside the competition on the track to motivate you. And the schedule being what it is this year, we've had some time to relax in between races. It's not working the guys to death and not keeping them away from home quite as much. I think that'll benefit us as we move into the meaty portion of the schedule. This game's always going to be busy, but it's how you manage all your responsibilities that helps determine just how well you'll last (as the year goes on). Dennis does a great job of keeping the guys loose and cutting them free whenever time allows. He understands the importance of a home life, and as much as he can, tries to get the guys the time they need with family and friends."
LONE STAR SUCCESS: "Take away the first year and our history at Texas is awfully good," Sprague said. "We've had pole positions and led a bunch of times at Texas. We're hungry to win there and that's what we plan on doing this Friday. That's really all the motivation Team GMAC needs." <pre>
Texas Motor Speedway (1.5 miles) Year Event Start Finish Laps Money Won Status 1999 Pronto Auto Parts 400 6 5 179/179 $15,225 Running 1998 Pronto Auto Parts 400 1 6 167/167 16,050 Running 1997 Pronto Auto Parts 400 33 31 78/167 9,050 Engine