BUSCH: Nazareth: Stacy Compton race report

Compton holds on for 13th place finish at Nazareth. NAZARETH, Pa. (May 19, 2002) -- There's a lot of truth to the old saying "practice makes perfect." Driver Stacy Compton and the Kingsford/Johnsonville Chevrolet team didn't get the practice...

Compton holds on for 13th place finish at Nazareth.

NAZARETH, Pa. (May 19, 2002) -- There's a lot of truth to the old saying "practice makes perfect." Driver Stacy Compton and the Kingsford/Johnsonville Chevrolet team didn't get the practice they needed before Sunday's Busch Series Stacker2 200 at Nazareth Speedway and their 13th-place finish was far from the perfection they were looking for.

Rainy weather canceled Bud Pole qualifying for the third time in the last four NASCAR Busch Series events. Owner points gave Compton and the team a top-10 starting position, but kept them off the track and guessing at the set-up for Sunday's race.

While other teams took to the track for an hour and one-half of race practice on Saturday, Compton was forced to fly back to Charlotte, N.C. for the Winston Open on Saturday night. "We knew that weather could become a factor with Stacy pulling double-duty in the Busch and Cup this season," commented owner Tad Geschickter. "The weather didn't cooperate this weekend. I'm just glad it didn't rain in Charlotte, forcing Stacy to miss our race. Stacy is our man and sometimes you have to make sacrifices to have the driver you want in the car. Missing practice definitely hurt us some this weekend, but having Stacy as our driver for 34 races helps us in the long-run."

Compton started the race in 9th and worked his way to 7th by lap 50 before the handling on the Kingsford/Johnsonville Chevrolet started to go away. On each of the next two pit stops, the team made major chassis adjustments but couldn't find the magic combination that would allow Compton to drive to the front.

On the third and final stop with 17 laps remaining, Compton asked to have the rear sway bar removed from the car. The change seemed to be what the team had been looking for the entire race. Compton charged from 17th to 13th in only five laps, but ran out of time for a top-10 finish.

"We were guessing on the set-up this weekend since we didn't get to practice with Stacy," stated crew chief Steve Plattenberger after the race. "We ran a rear bar at Loudon, but crashed early and didn't get a good read on how Stacy liked it. Hindsight is always 20/20, but I wish we had left that bar off the car this weekend. We definitely learned something here that will help us on the rest of the flat tracks this season."

In spite of everything that happened, Compton and the Kingsford/Johnsonville team came away from the race with a decent finish and the No. 59 Chevy in one piece. In addition, Compton moved up one position in the point standings and is currently in seventh.

Jason Keller was the winner of the Stacker2 200 at Nazareth Speedway, his fourth victory of the season.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Keller , Stacy Compton