LOCUST, N.C. - ST Motorsports owner Tad Geschickter announced on Wednesday that Stacy Compton will be in the No. 59 Kingsford/Johnsonville Chevrolet when Busch Series racing resumes at Daytona in February.

Compton, 34, spent the last two race seasons driving the No. 92 Winston Cup entry for Melling Racing. His 2001 season included two pole awards, one top-10 and five top-15 finishes with earnings over $1.6 million.

Compton's 2001 race log also included the Craftsman Truck Series where he collected four top-10 finishes in four starts. His only career Busch Series race was at Homestead where he finished tenth, driving the No. 59 Kingsford car for ST Motorsports.

"I'm excited about joining ST Motorsports and having the opportunity to compete weekly in the Busch Series," said Compton. "I ran the last race of the season for the team and if what I saw is any indication of what I'll be working with, I think we will be a legitimate threat. The team definitely has all the pieces to the puzzle, we just need to put them together." Compton went on to say, "I'm also excited about driving for our sponsors Kingsford Charcoal, Johnsonville Sausage, KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce, Hidden Valley Salad Dressing, Glad and Hoffman. My family and I are big fans of their products and have used them for many years."

Team owner Tad Geschickter is pleased about signing a driver with Compton's potential. "I've followed Stacy's racing career and I'm impressed with his accomplishments," stated Geschickter. "We think he will help us reach a higher level of success and establish the consistency we need week to week."

Progressing from an unknown short-track racer, Compton startled the NASCAR Winston Cup regulars by qualifying ninth at Martinsville Speedway at his debut in 1996. He won two Craftsman Truck Series races in 1998, finished seventh in the championship and was named the series most popular driver. Compton competed in three of the final four Winston Cup races of 1999 with the Melling team after completing his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season with Impact Motorsports, in which he finished fourth after compiling 17 top-10's in 25 starts.

Compton, a native of Hurt, Va., scored 36 victories and 39 poles in seven years of Late Model Stock Car competition. He also had more than 100 victories and 10 championships in nine years of kart racing.