FAST FACTS:Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Stacy ComptonÂ Â MBNA Platinum 400 * Study GroupÂ --Â Â Team Conseco, Mike Hillman and Stacy Compton will be sharing solid notes this weekend, as each has enjoyed a fair share of success at Dover over the past...
Stacy Compton MBNA Platinum 400
* Study Group -- Team Conseco, Mike Hillman and Stacy Compton will be sharing solid notes this weekend, as each has enjoyed a fair share of success at Dover over the past two seasons. In just their second time on the Monster Mile, A.J. Foyt's crew grabbed the outside pole in September of 2000 and came home 10th. Last season, Compton and Hillman posted starts inside the top-15 -- Hillman guided Brett Bodine from the 13th starting position in June, while Compton took the green flag from 12th position in the fall event.
* Magnetized? -- The car Stacy Compton will be running in Dover has been a magnet for finding trouble on the track. Compton's run from 32nd to 27th in Darlington was marred early when he was run into the Turn 4 wall early in the race. A 14th-place qualifying effort at Bristol was negated by a shove into the inside wall by Ryan Newman in the opening laps, and Compton found himself in the middle of a multi-car pileup late in the Richmond event and settled for 26th. When the Foyt Pontiac has been able to weave through the barriers, Compton has been strong -- starting and finishing in the top-20 (16th/18th) in Darlington.
ACCORDING TO COMPTON:
Gotta be there early to have a chance late
The Monster Mile -- "Longer straightaways, faster speeds and more cement -- but we need the same things out of the car and the driver that we needed in Bristol. Dover is another one of those places that brings every driver back to his short track roots in the heat of the race. You can take all the aero package controversy from the Superspeedways and forget about it for a full day of hard racing around a really challenging track. Give a driver a car that handles well in the corners and a good motor and he's in contention. We have been strong at all the short tracks, we just can't seem to stay away from the troubles the other teams have. If we can just keep the fenders on the car and finish this show, like we did in Darlington, we'll get the kind of finish this team is capable of."
ACCORDING TO HILLMAN
Nothing but a big Bristol
On Dover -- "Dover is short track racing on a larger scale. Aero plays a little role, but it's more about chassis setup and the shock package. This week should really help our program quite a bit and we're looking at the trip to be a showing of what we should have been able to accomplish in Bristol before we were taken out. I've qualified and run real well there in the past -- even grabbed an outside pole here years ago with Dick Trickle. How much we've improved over the past few months hasn't shown on the bottom line yet, because we haven't been able to put a full day of racing together. If we can stay away from the trouble in Dover, this should be the place for us to get the finish we want."