* Jack Sprague has competed in only one event at Kansas Speedway - The O'Reilly Auto Parts NCTS event in July 2001. He qualified third and was leading the field by 12 seconds when he had engine failure. * Sprague is competing in his 102nd Busch...
* Jack Sprague has competed in only one event at Kansas Speedway - The O'Reilly Auto Parts NCTS event in July 2001. He qualified third and was leading the field by 12 seconds when he had engine failure.
* Sprague is competing in his 102nd Busch Series race and his fourth career Winton Cup event.
* Sprague performed a two-day test session at Kansas to prepare for this weekends NASCAR Busch Series and Winston Cup events.
SPRAGUE ON KANSAS.
"Kansas is the typical new wave of the future NASCAR track. It's a mirror image of Chicagoland Speedway. It's so close in fact, if you fell asleep at one and woke up at the other you'd probably never now. Kentucky is another track similar, but the Winston Cup cars don't race there. I have only one race under My only Kansas experience was last years Truck race. I started third and was leading by 12 seconds when the engine let go. Having a motor blow sucked, but at least I the track schematics down and we should be okay this weekend. The NetZero team is definitely going to earn their paychecks this week. They are going to be busy with everything going on and getting both cars ready to race, but I think we're all pretty excited to get our first Winston Cup race in."
SPRAGUE ON HIS FIRST WINSTON CUP RACE IN THE NO. 60 HAAS CNC RACING ENTRY
"We've been looking forward to our first Winston Cup race. Charlotte was supposed to be our first, but we were having such a good run in the Busch car nobody, not Rick (Hendrick), Gene (Haas), Dennis (Connor) or myself really thought focusing on the Cup stuff might take away from our championship run at that point. We just wanted to make sure everyone was ready and I think we are. We've been able to get some good test sessions in and get comfortable with the car. The test we had here a few weeks ago was awesome and I've been looking forward to Sunday's race ever since. Hopefully, this will be a good weekend for the NetZero team because they deserve it for all their hard work getting the cars prepared."
CREW CHIEF DENNIS CONNOR ON KANSAS SPEEDWAY
"I'm guessing we should be pretty good right off the truck. Jack likes Kansas and was comfortable last year in the truck. He had a good race going last year, but circumstances not of his own doing took the win away. We should be strong in the Busch car, but we need to focus on the Winston Cup car a bit more because we need to get in the race on our time. Not having points or experience on that side is going to put a lot of pressure on the team. We had two really good tests at Charlotte and Kansas the last few weeks that I think put us at a good comfort level. The Winston Cup car is a new car that was built in-house. We tested a few different cars and we're pretty happy with the one we've got."