Sprague, NetZero Chevy rebound with fourth-place finish at Gateway. MADISON, IL (July 21, 2002) - After a couple of uncharacteristic weeks featuring crashes and mechanical breakdowns, Jack Sprague and his No. 24 NetZero Chevrolet returned to...
Sprague, NetZero Chevy rebound with fourth-place finish at Gateway.
MADISON, IL (July 21, 2002) - After a couple of uncharacteristic weeks featuring crashes and mechanical breakdowns, Jack Sprague and his No. 24 NetZero Chevrolet returned to form with a fourth-place finish in the Charter Pipeline 250 NASCAR Busch Series race at Gateway International Raceway Saturday.
"At least this weekend I'm saying I can't believe it, but instead it's about having a great run and not a disappointing one," said Sprague. "It was extremely hot out there tonight. We really needed tonight's finish to get everyone's spirits back up. The last few races have been tough and really hurt us in the points, but we had a great showing tonight. We led for a number of laps and had pretty good pit stops, so I'm happy."
Sprague's NetZero Chevy started from the 24th position after a disappointing qualifying effort that included a spin on the first of two laps. Despite a tight condition that plagued his NetZero Chevy, Sprague slowly worked his way toward the front taking over the lead on Lap 80.
Sprague eventually fell to fourth place late in the event. Despite running lap times comparable to the race winner, Greg Biffle, Sprague had to settle for the fourth position at the finish and his 12th Top-10 of the season.
"The NetZero Chevy was extremely hard to handle at the start of the weekend," said Sprague. "I couldn't believe it when I spun on the first lap in qualifying, but I got it fired back up and made the second lap. I'm pretty surprised we ended with a Top-5 considering all the changes we made to the car."
Sprague's fourth-place effort earned him $32,450 in prize money and allowed him to maintain the third spot in the 2002 NBS championship standings with 2694 points, 165 markers behind the front-running Biffle.
Sprague and the NetZero Chevy will next take to the track in the NetZero 250 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. The event will take the green flag Saturday, July 27 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be telecast live on NBC. MRN Radio will also broadcast the race live worldwide on more than 400 stations including the American Armed Forces Network.