Sprague takes wild one at Evergreen By Brett Borden MONROE, Wash. (June 3, 2000) It's starting to look like one of those years for Jack Sprague. For the second time this season, Sprague had victory delivered to him in the closing laps as he ...
Sprague takes wild one at Evergreen
By Brett Borden
MONROE, Wash. (June 3, 2000) It's starting to look like one of those years for Jack Sprague. For the second time this season, Sprague had victory delivered to him in the closing laps as he overcame Randy Tolsma to win the Sears 200 at Evergreen Speedway. In winning his third race this year, Sprague now has two wins at Evergreen in six tries.
"These guys did a great job on this GMAC Chevrolet," said Sprague. "It was a little tight in the center of the corner, but man, I gotta thank Rick and John Hendrick, Papa Joe, and all the Hendrick family back there.
"Hey, we were a lap down. We cut a tire and pitted on Lap 128 and had to pit on green. We made up that lap on green. We didn't have any tires left at the end but we were able to hang on til the end. I drove it sideways more than I did straight. We weren't graveyard dead but we were almost dead. I couldn't be prouder of this crew."
Randy Tolsma had to feel like he had victory in his grasp. He dominated the second half of the race, but in the end his long-awaited victory was going, going, Gaughan. Brendan Gaughan spun and hit the wall, with one lap remaining. As the leader, Tolsma had to make the decision that everyone else would play off of.
When Tolsma decided to come in for right side tires for the green-white-checkered finish, Sprague opted to stay out on the track. Tolsma almost caught up to Sprague, but was one truck length shy at the finish line.
"The green-white-checkered hurts when you're leading that close to the end," said Tolsma. "If we had to do it again, knowing who came in and who stayed out, we wouldn't. One more corner and we would have had him."
Joe Ruttman came in with Tolsma for fresh rights and finished third, right behind his fellow Dodge driver. Greg Biffle was fourth, while Kurt Busch finished fifth.
Dennis Setzer, Rick Carelli, Andy Houston, Scott Riggs, and Bryan Reffner rounded out the top-10. Mike Wallace, the points leader just two races ago, finished a disappointing 16th, his second straight finish outside the top-10.