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"It's time for us to shine. We've got the best sponsors in NASCAR, a great group of people in our organization, and a team-oriented driver to pull it all together." ST Motorsports Owner, Tad Geschickter Compton and the ...

"It's time for us to shine. We've got the best sponsors in NASCAR, a great group of people in our organization, and a team-oriented driver to pull it all together."
ST Motorsports Owner, Tad Geschickter

Compton and the Kingsford/Johnsonville #59 Team Ready to Hit the Beach at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 13, 2002) - Twenty years ago on February 13, 1982, Daytona International Speedway held the first race in what is now known as the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series. On that day, Dale Earnhardt captured the first Busch Series victory, and a unique tradition of fierce competition and friendly cooperation was born.

Since then, Daytona has hosted opening day for the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series, and on Saturday the curtain rises on the 2002 season with the running of the EAS/GNC Live Well 300.

For ST Motorsports and the #59 Kingsford/Johnsonville Chevrolet team, Daytona signals the start of a new season with a cast of new players and an optimistic outlook for the days ahead.

The signing of driver Stacy Compton to run the full Busch Series schedule gives the team a reason to be optimistic. An accomplished NASCAR Craftman Truck Series and Winston Cup Series racer, Compton brings the experience and skill needed to be competitive every week.

When asked about specific goals for the Busch Series season Compton stated, "Our team has set lofty goals including multiple poles and victories with a top 5 finish in the point standings." As for Daytona, Compton says he will save his car while staying within the main draft and look to capture a top 5 finish.

In addition to his Busch Series duties, Compton will compete in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series in the No. 14 Conseco Pontiac owned by A.J. Foyt Racing.

The hiring of crew chief Steve Plattenberger and car chief Frank Kerr in the off season strengthens the team's ability to give Compton the equipment he needs to win races, and if the results of January's testing is any indication of the type of cars Compton will be driving this season, then the team's lofty goals may be attainable. "We tested very good at Daytona and Talladega," stated Plattenberger. "When we got back to the shop we worked on the car's balance and shock package. All in all we've put together a car that will pass inspection and should run up front at Daytona."

ST Motorsports owner Tad Geschickter summed up the outlook for the Kingsford/Johnsonville Chevrolet team this season. "It's time for us to shine. We've got the best sponsors in NASCAR, a great group of people in our organization, and a team-oriented driver to pull it all together."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Stacy Compton