Drive line malfunction slows Compton in Texas. DALLAS, TX (March 29, 2003) -- Stacy Compton and the Kingsford/Johnsonville Team showed signs this weekend that they are figuring out the new Chevrolet Monte Carlo body. Compton was extremely happy...
Drive line malfunction slows Compton in Texas.
DALLAS, TX (March 29, 2003) -- Stacy Compton and the Kingsford/Johnsonville Team showed signs this weekend that they are figuring out the new Chevrolet Monte Carlo body. Compton was extremely happy with the handling of the car throughout the weekend. At a track where qualifying speeds are 190+ miles per hour, aerodynamics play a big role in handling.
Compton did not get the chance to make a mock qualifying run in practice, but did manage to qualify 22nd for the race. He said after qualifying, "The car drove perfectly, but I bottomed out in turn one pretty hard and that scrubbed off a lot of speed. The way this car drives in the corners, I'm not worried about racing to the front from where we are starting."
Compton did march toward the front. By lap 40 he was up to 16th and running faster than eventual race winner Joe Nemechek who was in 17th and unable to pass. Around lap 60 Compton reported a vibration in the car, and around lap 80 he reported that the car would not accelerate off the corner as it had earlier in the race. The problem persisted throughout the final 100 laps and Compton finished 16th. "I'm disappointed because the car was handling so well all weekend. This was the best handling car that we have had all year. That vibration got so bad at the end that I could hardly breath in the car. I don't know if it was in the motor, transmission, or drive shaft but something was definitely breaking and we were fortunate to be running at the end today."
Other Busch Series title hopefuls also had a tough day. The sub-par finish still allowed Compton to move to 14th in the points standings. The team heads onto Talladega next weekend, the sight of last year's first exciting 2nd place finish.