Fountain, Colorado (July 27, 2003) -- It's been said that championships are often won by the group that picks themselves up and dust themselves off one more time than the competition. Stacy Compton showed his championship potential with his performance at the Pikes Peak International Raceway on Saturday.
The dominant car throughout the weekend, the Kingsford/Johnsonville team qualified on the outside pole, and they were the car that others measured themselves against in each practice session. Compton took the lead in the race by lap 40 and battled in the top three cars until an incident with Kasey Kahne forced him to take evasive action, damaging the nose of the car, and forcing him to the back of the field after repairs. Reflected Compton, "The car was awesome and I was racing Kasey hard for position. He caught my left rear as I was passing him on the outside. It was a wild ride and we were lucky not the tear up the car more than we did."
With an aerodynamically challenged car, and the deck stacked against a comeback, Compton showed his metal. He moved back into the top ten by the races final 80 laps and moved into the top five with 20 laps remaining. A lapped car hindered his momentum in the races final laps and he finished in sixth place.
Commented Crew Chief Steve Plattenberger, "That was one of the most outstanding performances I've ever witnessed by a race car driver. We were the team to beat before we tore up the nose; the car was less than perfect after the accident. Stacy literally carried the car back to the front. He was really up on the wheel all day."
Compton's second straight top ten finish vaulted him all the way up to 11th in the points standings, a mere 47 points out of the coveted top ten. The team heads off to Indianapolis Raceway Park for an old fashioned Saturday night short track shoot-out this weekend.