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Fast Facts: Stacy Compton Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 * Luck Be A "Lady" -- Stacy Compton hasn't had a problem running the two laps on Friday to get into Darlington's main event; however, staying out of early trouble on Sunday is a trend that...

Fast Facts:
Stacy Compton
Carolina Dodge Dealers 400

* Luck Be A "Lady" -- Stacy Compton hasn't had a problem running the two laps on Friday to get into Darlington's main event; however, staying out of early trouble on Sunday is a trend that he'd like to start this weekend.  Compton ran from 29th in the spring race and 22nd in the fall event, with the same unfortunate result -- taken out of the action inside of 200 laps by those racing around him.  

* Information Please -- Compton will be soaking up as much information as possible during the first part of his double-duty weekend at the "Track To Tough To Tame."  The Team Conseco wheelman will be making the sprint down the infield alley from the Winston Cup haulers to the Busch Series garage a number of times this weekend, and he's hoping to apply those Friday and Saturday Busch laps to the set up of A.J. Foyt's Pontiac for the Sunday run.

* Applied Science -- The Team Conseco crew put in a little overtime this week applying the notes gathered from the races in Las Vegas and Atlanta to the No. 14 Pontiac for Darlington.  In just his fourth week atop the box for A.J. Foyt, crew chief Mike Hillman is impressed with the information he's been able to acquire from Compton and is looking forward to a good run on the "Track Too Tough To Tame" courtesy of some late hours by the green machine.

ACCORDING TO COMPTON: The End of the Run Tells the Story

"It's a shame that I wasn't able to run more laps here than I did last season.  It just seemed like we were a magnet for trouble in both races, getting knocked out early in while we were running REALLY well.  This is a place where you've got to race the track EVERY lap.  If you get caught battling another car at the wrong time, you'll run out of racing room quickly and Darlington will bite you hard.  Don't pay attention to the guys that run well at the start of a run here, in those first 20 laps.  It's the teams that run well in the LAST 20 that are going to dominate the race." 

ACCORDING TO HILLMAN: Friday Sets the Tone for the Weekend

"You've got to unload fast and stay there.  If you're quick when you unload, you've got a pretty good chance at starting near the front, and track position is crucial here.  The worst thing you can do is struggle on Friday -- it turns practice into a two-hour testing session with 43 other cars, and you're only going to get about four good runs in anyway.  When race day comes, you have to set the car up to run well through Turns 1 & 2, and live with it in Turns 3 & 4.  If you're smooth with the pedal, don't abuse the tires, and don't put the Darlington Stripe on the car too many times, you can come home with a solid finish."  

THE COMPTON FILES

First Winston Cup Start:
Martinsville (1995)
Started 9th
Finished 33rd

Last Race:
Atlanta
Started 35th
Finished 31st

Best Start:
Pole (2)
Talladega Sweep 2001

Best Finish:
10th
Daytona 500 (2001)

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Stacy Compton , A.J. Foyt