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Andretti replaces Sprague for Haas CNC

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Harrisburg, NC (Sports Network) - will drive the Haas CNC Racing No. 0 Pontiac for the next two races, replacing Winston Cup rookie . Andretti was fired from the No. 43 Petty Enterprises car on June 10. He will make his first Haas start this weekend at the New England 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway and will also drive at the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono the following Sunday. "We are thrilled that there was someone available to us of 's caliber, with his vast amount of Winston Cup experience," said Haas CNC Racing general manager Joe Custer in a statement. Andretti has two victories in his Winston Cup career, which began in 1994. He was 33rd in the driver standings before his release from Petty Enterprises and is currently 39th. Sprague, meanwhile, is 37th in the standings following a 40th-place finish in the Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway this past weekend. His best finish was 14th in the season-opening Daytona 500. "Gene Haas gave me a great opportunity to move into the Winston Cup Series this season," said Sprague, who won the Craftsman Truck Series championship three times and finished fifth in his first Busch campaign last year.

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