BUSCH: Jack Sprague finds Daytona success

"I love racing at Daytona, but I don't know why because I've never had a decent finish there," said Sprague. "I've always felt good about it at the start of the race, like this is going to be the year, but then something ends up...

"I love racing at Daytona, but I don't know why because I've never had a decent finish there," said Sprague. "I've always felt good about it at the start of the race, like this is going to be the year, but then something ends up happening to ruin our chances."

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The three time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion finally got not just one decent finish, but two, with impressive runs in the Busch Grand National Series, and the IROC event during 2002 Speedweeks.

After winning the truck series championship in 2001, Sprague announced that he would make the move up to the BGN series, competing full time in 2002.

"We moved to a different series, but I don't see any problems because of that," said Sprague. "I still feel like I have the best equipment and team, just like I did in the Truck Series. The guys worked hard all winter preparing cars for me and they are just as excited as I am to get out there and start this year off right."

Sprague, who has previous experience in the Busch Series, was under pressure from the start, as the team had no prior owners points and therefore no provisional starts to make the field.

"I was sweating it a bit when it started raining during qualifying, because I thought we'd be pretty good, but with no provisional starting spots, that's tough to take, The guys made adjustments and we ran the best we had all week, but if the rain continued, I would have been going home. I didn't make the lap I'd been hoping for, but at least we made the race." notes the truck series veteran

Qualifying sixteenth, Sprague fought handling problems, dropping back in the field, but through on going adjustments and well-timed cautions, the team fought its way to seventh and there first top ten finish.

"I think our commitment to running the Busch Series showed today," Sprague said. "I know my team and I are just as determined to run up front every week and fight for the win."

What may have assisted Sprague's performance was extra on track time with the International race of Champions.

Sprague, who for the first time was invited to compete in the all-star league competed Friday in the season opener.

"It was a lot of fun out there and got a decent finish out of it," " I was having fun all week during practice, but that was awesome. It was certainly a learning experience. I was no match for them in the draft and definitely learned a lot with those guys - they're great drivers," Sprague stated.

Living up to the challenge, Sprague finished fourth behind Tony Stewart, Sam Hornish, and Scott Sharp.

This versatile driver has been competing in NASCAR since 1993 found notoriety racing for Hendrick Motorsports.

The Michigan native competed in every Truck series event since it's inaugural race in 1995. A streak broken on this past Friday.

His three championships are also distinguished by 23 wins, making him the most successful driver in the history of the series.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Tony Stewart , Scott Sharp , Jack Sprague , Sam Hornis
Teams Hendrick Motorsports