Compton breaks two race slide -- posts 10th in New Hampshire LOUDON, NH (July 19, 2003) -- The month of July had not been kind to Stacy Compton and his Kingsford/Johnsonville racing team. Riding a wave of June momentum that saw Compton win a...
Compton breaks two race slide -- posts 10th in New Hampshire
LOUDON, NH (July 19, 2003) -- The month of July had not been kind to Stacy Compton and his Kingsford/Johnsonville racing team. Riding a wave of June momentum that saw Compton win a pole, post a top five and a top ten finish in three races, the group was looking to make a big move to the front of the points standings in July.
However, uncharacteristically poor performances at Daytona and Chicago in early July set Compton back on his heels. "We have been outstanding in every race we've entered in Daytona and we were running up front in Chicago last season when we got caught up in an accident. We had a great June and were expecting to continue our momentum into July based on our past experiences at those racetracks. I was as shocked as anyone when we struggled to get the handle on the car at Daytona and Chicago."
Compton and company got back to the business of running up front this weekend in New Hampshire. Rain cancelled qualifying so Compton started the race based on points in the 12th position. He moved to 7th by the end of the first lap with a nifty charge from the outside. He ran as high as 5th during the day. Late race pit strategy was a significant factor in his finishing position. Commented Crew Chief Steve Plattenberger, "We were alittle loose at the beginning of every run on tires, but were among the three fastest cars on the track by the end of a tire run. When the last caution flew with 60 laps left, I felt certain that taking four tires was the perfect call. Most of the cars that finished ahead of us today chose to take fuel only or just two tires on the last stop to gain track position." As the race wound down, Compton was unable to regain the track position that he lost during the last pit stop and finished a respectable 10th.
Said Compton after the race, "We needed this race to calm everyone's nerves and get back on track. I think we had a top 5 car today, but I couldn't argue with the decision to take four tires on that last stop. We are back to gaining on the top 10 in points and our goal is to get back into the top 5 in points by the end of the season."
The team is excited to be announcing sponsorship for Compton's 2004 teammate at a corporate meeting this week. After Compton and new teammate Robert Pressley attend the festivities, the team heads to Pikes Peak Colorado for next weekends Busch Series event.