Bristol: Stacy Compton preview

* It Isn't Where You Start -- Get out the Bungee Cords and Bondo this weekend as NASCAR heads back to Bristol Motor Speedway for the first of NASCAR's two visits to the racing stadium on the Virginia / Tennessee border. A 10-story high...

* It Isn't Where You Start -- Get out the Bungee Cords and Bondo this weekend as NASCAR heads back to Bristol Motor Speedway for the first of NASCAR's two visits to the racing stadium on the Virginia / Tennessee border. A 10-story high venue that packs upwards of 150,000 race fans around an exciting half-mile track, Bristol is the site of one of Compton's best Winston Cup performances. Just one year ago, the Virginia native raced through the field from the 41st starting position to an 11th place finish, holding off veterans Sterling Marlin and Bobby Labonte while contending with Ricky Rudd for the second Top-10 of his career.

* SOLD!! -- Team Conseco will welcome Brad & Laureen Tomlinson to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. When Stacy Compton stepped to the podium during the 2002 Winston Cup Preview in Winston Salem, NC to put an Honorary Crew Chief(s) package at Bristol Motor Speedway on the block for bidding, Brad Tomlinson was up to the task. Tomlinson got the "go and get it" look from Laureen, and his generous bid put the duo atop the box for Team Conseco's run in the Food City 500, as well as Compton's Busch Series race on Saturday. Following qualifying, the Tomlinson's will evaluate Compton's culinary skills, as Stacy and his wife Vickie will host the Lake City, PA visitors for dinner on Friday evening at their motor coach.

ACCORDING TO COMPTON
Keep the Fenders on the Car

On Bristol -- "It's a place that brings every driver back to his short track roots. You can take all the aero package controversy from the Superspeedways and forget about it for a full day of beating, banging and gouging on one of the most exciting and challenging tracks in the sport. Give a driver a car that handles well in the corners and a good motor and he's in contention. Our cars are getting better every weekend, and we know we've got those Coyote motors to get us off the corners. I'm anxious to get to Bristol, keep the fenders on the car and show everyone the kind of performance this team is capable of."

It's the Pits -- "I think it's (pit road) going to be a lot like Martinsville. As it was, it was a pretty big deficit sometimes to be pitting on the backstretch. Now, I think it may be more equal. It's still going to be tough once you get to the frontstretch and it gets bottled up with everybody trying to get out. But, I still think it's going to be better. They made a wise decision in trying to even up the pit roads a little bit."

ACCORDING TO HILLMAN ~
This Could Be the Place

No Aero Worries -- "Aerodynamics does not play a big role at Bristol. It's more about chassis setup and the shock package. This week and the week off before we go to Texas should really help our program quite a bit. I've qualified and run real well there in the past and I think Stacy really likes the place, so this could be the turning point we've been anticipating. Going to Texas next week to test for two days will really help us. We haven't had the opportunity to do that, yet."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin , Stacy Compton