BUSCH: Phoenix: Jack Sprague preview

Sprague, Netzero Chevy looking for past experience to help at Phoenix AVONDALE, AZ (November 3, 2002) - Phoenix International Raceway is one of Jack Sprague's favorite race tracks. That's because the 1-mile oval has graced the three-time NASCAR...

Sprague, Netzero Chevy looking for past experience to help at Phoenix

AVONDALE, AZ (November 3, 2002) - Phoenix International Raceway is one of Jack Sprague's favorite race tracks. That's because the 1-mile oval has graced the three-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion with plenty of success over the years and he and his Hendrick Motorsports team would like to add to that this weekend.

"Phoenix is a track I have had a ton of success at during my career," said Sprague. "It's definitely one of my all-time favorites. It really reminds me of a bigger Concord Motorsports Park, a place where I was very successful early in my racing career. I won my first Truck Series race at Phoenix back in 1995 and it's fun to go back there year after year. Last year, we went to there focused only on winning our third Truck Series championship and in the process, walked away with a second-place finish.This year, it's a whole new ballgame for the NetZero team. It's our first Busch Series race there and we'll be trying to qualify for the Winston Cup race as well. We'll be busy, but I feel good about it because of how well I've done in the past. I'm looking forward to it."

Not only is Sprague returning to the desert with his No. 24 NetZero Chevy, but he will attempt to qualify for his third Winston Cup event of the season in the No. 60 Haas CNC Racing Chevy. Although Sprague has never competed in a Busch Series event at Phoenix, he has 11 NCTS and one Winston Cup starts under his belt to work off. In the 11 NCTS starts, Sprague has three wins and four runner-up finishes to his credit. That success is was Sprague and his NetZero team are looking to capitalize on this weekend..

"We did a lot of juggling back at the shop in order to prepare for this weekend," Sprague said. "When qualifying at Atlanta was rained out, Phoenix was added and we weren't really prepared. All I know is I'm glad the race is in Phoenix and not back home in Charlotte because the chances of rain in Phoenix are slim. The next two races are important for the Haas CNC Racing team. We're looking for a good finish this weekend so we have notes to work with next year."

The Bashas' 200 will take the green flag Saturday, November 9, 2002 at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The event will be the 33rdof 34 NASCAR Busch Series races this season and will be telecast live on NBC. MRN Radio will also broadcast the race live on more than 300 affiliated stations worldwide.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jack Sprague
Teams Hendrick Motorsports