Nazareth suited for Compton's driving style NAZARETH, Pa. (July 9, 1998) Stacy Compton, driver of the Royal Crown Cola Ford F-150 in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, is a veteran of the short tracks, gaining most of his experience on tracks...
Nazareth suited for Compton's driving style
NAZARETH, Pa. (July 9, 1998) Stacy Compton, driver of the Royal Crown Cola Ford F-150 in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, is a veteran of the short tracks, gaining most of his experience on tracks of 0.5 mile or smaller in the Winston Racing Series.
The Virginia native is making his presence known on the bigger tracks this season in the NCTS. His numbers on tracks of a mile or larger: Average finishing position is 6.75 with a third place at Phoenix on April 19 and three top-15's.
He hopes to continue that trend this weekend in the NAPA AutoCare 200 at Nazareth (Pa.) Speedway.
"It's flat," Compton said, describing Nazareth's unique layout. "The corners are flat, it's a lot like a road course actually because you've got to lift to go through the front straight and you've got to lift through turns one and two."
"This track will suit Stacy's style," said Kevin Cram, crew chief of the No. 86 Royal Crown Cola Ford. "It's flat like Milwaukee, you've got three different turns and you're not shifting."
Talking with Compton about this race track, you can see him mentally walk through each detailed area of the one-mile venue.
"You really got to drive this track nice and easy," Compton said. "If you try to charge the corners, you can overdrive it. It's a finesse track, I feel like you really got to get in there and work the truck."
Compton had the opportunity to test at a few of the upcoming tracks on the '98 schedule, including Gateway International Raceway, Memphis Motorsports Park and Indianapolis Raceway Park, as well as Pikes Peak International Raceway.
Team RC had the fastest laps at Pikes Peak, with lap times under 30 seconds, at the 29.13 mark. Compton was consistently in the top-5 at all four venues, including this week's IRP test where the #86 RC Ford F-150 turned in lap times at the 22.34-22.42 interval.
Compton's numbers through the first 10events this season: one win, five top- tens, eight top 20's and the Bud Pole Award at Phoenix. He has collected two MCI Fast Pace awards, and is currently sixth in the NCTS point standings with 1,295 points, only 70 out of the fifth place.
Source: NASCAR Online