Pit Strategy, Track Position Propels ST Motorsports to Strong Finishes at New Hampshire Compton Finishes Eighth in Siemens 200; Pressley Finishes 13th LOUDON, N.H. -- Stacy Compton's best move during last Saturday's Siemens 200 at the...
Pit Strategy, Track Position Propels ST Motorsports to Strong Finishes at New Hampshire
Compton Finishes Eighth in Siemens 200; Pressley Finishes 13th
LOUDON, N.H. -- Stacy Compton's best move during last Saturday's Siemens 200 at the New Hampshire International Speedway didn't come on the one-mile raceway. It came on pit road.
"Chris (Carrier, crew chief) made a great decision early in the race to skip a pit stop during an early caution so we could get some track position," Compton said. "We went from the middle of the pack to the top 10, and from there we held onto it for a good finish for our Kingsford/Bush's Best Baked Beans Ford.
"The race on Saturday proved again it takes more than a fast car to be successful on the NASCAR Busch Series. You need a great team. Our eighth-place finish was a true team effort."
While Compton posted another top-10 finish, his ST Motorsports teammate, Robert Pressley, also used pit strategy late in the race to improve from a 33rd-place spot on the starting grid to a 13th-place finish.
"New Hampshire is one of the toughest tracks to pass on because it's so flat," Pressley said. "There's only one groove in the corners, and if you're not on the bottom you're going to get shuffled to the back. Since nobody gets off that bottom groove, you have to find different ways to pass people. The guys on our Clorox/Wisk team build a great race car, then they used their heads during the race to get me better track position.
"All in all, it was a great day for the entire race team."
A pair of top-13 finishes was a testament to the work accomplished at ST Motorsports in its flat-track program. After finishing 14th and 20th two months ago at The Milwaukee Mile, a similar one-mile flat track, both teams refined their cars to meet the demands of New Hampshire. And many of the same principles they applied to the cars at New Hampshire will be used again this Saturday in the Goulds Pumps/ITT Industries Salute to the Troops 250 at the Pike's Peak International Raceway.
"These cars are so sensitive to air they don't react well to traffic," Compton said. "Too many times, when you get in traffic you lose most of the downforce on the front of the car. The cars that led at New Hampshire generally were the ones that took shortcuts on pit road. They either skipped tires or tried to stretch their gas mileage.
"It's not the way we like to race. Drivers would rather run side-by-side and race for position. That's not always possible, so it's good to have a team that's capable of making quick decisions to get us better track position."
Pressley said he's looking forward to Saturday's race at Pike's Peak.
"ST Motorsports has a good history at Pike's Peak, and it's a fun little track where you can do a little side-by-side racing," he said. "I think with everything we accomplished at New Hampshire, we should be able to turn that momentum into another solid day."