Fontana: Stacy Compton race remarks

Compton and Kingsford/Johnsonville Team collect second consecutive top-three finish. FONTANA, Calif. (April 28, 2002) -- Kingsford Charcoal isn't the only thing burning hot these days. Stacy Compton and the Kingsford/Johnsonville Chevrolet...

Compton and Kingsford/Johnsonville Team collect second consecutive top-three finish.

FONTANA, Calif. (April 28, 2002) -- Kingsford Charcoal isn't the only thing burning hot these days. Stacy Compton and the Kingsford/Johnsonville Chevrolet team have added fuel to the fire with their second top-three finish in the past two weeks.

Compton showed that last week's second-place finish at Talladega wasn't a fluke when he powered his No. 59 Chevy to a third-place finish at Saturday's Auto Club 300 NASCAR Busch Series race at California Speedway.

Although Compton was one of the fastest cars in practice, he started the race from the tenth spot based on owner's points when qualifying was cancelled on Friday due to rain. He ran strong during the first leg of the race, swapping positions with the top-ten cars in the field and getting as high as fifth before the first round of pit stops.

On lap 43, the second caution came out and the second round of pit stops began. Crew chief Steve Plattenberger decided to take two tires and gas during the stop. "We were running a little tight and we thought a two tire change might loosen things up as well as improve our track position," explained Plattenberger after the race. The pit strategy and a great pit stop gave Compton the lead for the first time in the race.

Compton's lead was short-lived and he settled back into seventh position during the next segment of the event. When the fourth caution flew on lap 82, the team needed to pit and take on four tires. A majority of the field only took two tires during the stop, sending Compton back to the 20th position for the restart. "I wasn't worried about coming out of the pits that far back," stated Compton. "There was plenty of race left and with fresh tires, a good car, and enough gas, I knew I could work my way back to the front."

For the next 60 laps, Compton picked off cars and eventually ended up chasing Jeff Green's No. 21 car and the leader Scott Riggs in the No. 10 car. There wasn't enough race or gas left for Compton to catch the leader and he finished the race in third-place.

The Kingsford/Johnsonville Chevrolet team hurries back to the East Coast to prepare for Friday night's race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia.

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