Phoenix: Compton - Ford Thursday interview

Stacy Compton, driver of the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150 posted the second fastest time during Thursday's first practice for the Casino Arizona 150 at Phoenix International Raceway. Compton has competed in 13 races this season with one top five and...

Stacy Compton, driver of the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150 posted the second fastest time during Thursday's first practice for the Casino Arizona 150 at Phoenix International Raceway. Compton has competed in 13 races this season with one top five and three top-10 finishes.

STACY COMPTON - No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150 -YOUR LAST RACE WAS LAS VEGAS AND TONIGHT YOU HAD THE SECOND FASTEST TIME IN FIRST PRACTICE. "Every time we get in this Zaxby's Ford F-150 it's good. I think we can go out and contend for this race. Every time I work with this team, we prove that the team and the driver can compete and run near the top. For me to run a limited amount of races and to run second at Dover earlier this year and we ran well at Vegas. Now we come here to Phoenix and we're running second. Certainly, the weekend is not over. The truck is pretty good and I'm looking forward to running the race tomorrow night."

IS THERE SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT THIS FORD F-150? "This is my dedicated truck that I've been running all year. The team set one truck aside for me this year and with the amount of races we were running, hopefully we weren't going to tear it up and we've been lucky so far. This is the truck the team wants me to run and fortunately it's worked out this season. It's a good truck and it's comfortable. Gary [Cogswell, crew chief] and I really know how to tune the truck to get it where I like it and can race hard. It just works, but I'm not sure it's the truck. Gary and I have a good relationship and he was crew chief for me when I ran in the Busch Series and now he crew chiefs for me on this truck. We think along the same lines in what we want set-up wise. We do have a good truck but we also have a good race team that can help us be successful."

ON RACING AT PHOENIX. "I love Phoenix. We've come here in the past and won some poles and had some second place runs. We've come awfully close to winning this thing a couple of times. It's fun. It's always fun coming out here. The track is neat; it's different than anything that we run. It's almost like the old Nazareth Speedway [Pennsylvania] race track. The backstretch has a big dogleg in it. Turns one and two are real sweeping and turns three and four are real tight. You've got to give-up a little bit here to make a good day and if you can do that and get the truck really good in turns one and two you can usually run a good lap."

THE TRACK IS SHORT AND DOESN'T LOOK WIDE, WILL YOU BE ABLE TO PASS? WHAT ABOUT TRACK POSITION? "These days track position is every thing. The trucks, the Busch cars, the Cup cars, everybody has gotten so competitive that it's almost impossible to pass. Anytime you can get track position, it's a huge plus. I don't know if we'll make a qualifying run tonight. We pulled an early draw for qualifying, so that's not usually a good start. If we get a good lap in, that's good. If we don't, we'll work on it during the race in pit strategies and try to get up front. I think if we can get up front, we have a truck that can run in the top five all night."

YOU MENTIONED NOT MAKING A QUALIFYING RUN, WHAT IS YOUR TRUCK TRIMMED IN NOW? "We're in full-blown race trim. With us going out second and the temperatures like they are now versus qualifying tomorrow in the middle of the day, I really don't think it will do any good to make a qualifying run tonight because you'll trick yourself. The track is so different now as compared to what it will be tomorrow after the Busch and Cup cars are on track."

-credit: ford racing

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