BUSCH: Dover: Jack Sprague preview

Sprague looking forward to Dover. Sprague, NetZero Chevrolet ready to challenge the "Monster Mile". DOVER, DE (May 29, 2002) - Jack Sprague doesn't 'white knuckle' when he is racing on the track known as the 'Monster Mile'. In fact, ...

Sprague looking forward to Dover.
Sprague, NetZero Chevrolet ready to challenge the "Monster Mile".

DOVER, DE (May 29, 2002) - Jack Sprague doesn't 'white knuckle' when he is racing on the track known as the 'Monster Mile'. In fact, Sprague welcomes the hardcore racing that Dover International Speedway produces and is looking forward to this weekend's MBNA Platinum 200 NASCAR Busch Series race at the one-mile concrete track.

"I've always had a pretty good time racing at Dover, even when I ran into some bad luck," said Sprague, who had one of the hardest crashes of his career in the inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Dover in 2000. "Dover is one of the wildest places we race at. The straights are banked more than the corners at most other tracks we race at. It's a different feeling racing there. You carry a lot of speed into the corner. You're actually driving down hill into the banking."

Sprague has seven career starts at Dover, including racing on the ultra-fast facility before it was concrete. Sprague's resume at Dover includes four starts in the Top-10, including the outside pole for the 1991 Splitfire 200 NBS event, and two Top-10 finishes.

"I think I ran enough races at Dover over the years to know what to expect," said Sprague. "I know that if you come out of there with a car in one piece, you're doing really well. I'm really hoping we get a good qualifying run because that will be our best way of staying out of trouble. We need to stay at the front of the field all day to make sure we're in a good position at the end. Dover is one of those tracks that if you have a car that's running good, then the race is a lot of fun. If not, it's a miserable place to just be going around in circles all day." Sprague will be racing the same car he had a great third-place finish at New Hampshire a few weeks back. The car didn't qualifying where Sprague had hoped, but it was one that raced well and Sprague felt comfortable in.

"I'm excited about going to Dover," said Sprague. "It's a tough track, but that's what makes it so much fun. It can be hard on tires, but I think Goodyear's given us good tires all year so that shouldn't be a problem. If we can just stay out of trouble, the NetZero Chevy should have a good day."

Sprague enters this weekend's MBNA Platinum 200 with four Top-5 and nine Top-10 finishes in 13 races this season. The only three-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion, Sprague is currently second in the point's race with 1387 markers, 21 points behind first-place, Jason Keller.

The MBNA Platinum 200 NASCAR Busch Series race at Dover Downs Speedway will take the green flag Saturday, June 1 at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be telecast live on FX. MRN Radio will also broadcast the race worldwide on more than 400 stations including the American Armed Forces Network.

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