Fort Worth: Stacy Compton preview

FAST FACTS: Stacy Compton - Samsung / Radio Shack 500 * That New Car Smell -- Five straight race weekends after joining Team Conseco following Speedweeks in Daytona, crew chief Mike Hillman used an off-week and a testing session in Texas to ...

FAST FACTS: Stacy Compton - Samsung / Radio Shack 500

* That New Car Smell -- Five straight race weekends after joining Team Conseco following Speedweeks in Daytona, crew chief Mike Hillman used an off-week and a testing session in Texas to implement chassis and body improvements to A.J. Foyt's Pontiacs. Hillman believes the "aerodynamic reconfiguration and chassis alterations" to #1403 could result in the second top-10 of Stacy Compton's Winston Cup career.

* Friendly Confines of TMS -- In six NASCAR starts at Texas Motor Speedway, Stacy Compton has never qualified outside the top-30, logging a pair of top-5 starts in the Craftsman Truck Series (1999) and a 15th-place start in his rookie campaign in Winston Cup (2000). Compton has four top-15 finishes at TMS -- posting 5th, 9th, and 12th place CTS runs in 1998-'99, to go with his 15th place finish in last season's Winston Cup event. .

ACCORDING TO COMPTON - Smooth as Glass and Lightning Fast

On Texas -- "Smooth as glass and lightning fast is the only way to describe the new surface at Texas. We're going to be carrying speeds over 200 mph heading into the corners and that makes it faster than Atlanta. It's going to be exciting, but if you make a mistake you don't need to worry about repairing the car."

Testing, Testing -- "After five straight weeks of learning while we raced, it was really beneficial for us to get to test like we did here before the Easter break. We unloaded decent and got better -- and we were able to gauge our progress against 25 other teams. This Team Conseco crew has put in a lot of long hours over the past few weeks to make these cars better. If we can avoid getting tangled up in the bad luck that ended our day early in Darlington and Bristol, this race will allow me to reward them for their efforts."

ACCORDING TO HILLMAN - Texas a Barometer for Team Conseco

On Texas -- "Texas was the first test session I've had with Stacy, and I learned an awful lot about his style of driving and what he wants the car to feel like. Stacy wants to drive the car deep into the corner and turn hard. That kind of aggressive style should give him an advantage here in Texas, especially with the grip of the new surface. This is a big race for Team Conseco."

On Safety -- "This place is going to be fast and furious, and that means that we'll need to balance safety issues with performance. I don't think many of these guys (other crew chiefs) will run tires too far under Goodyear's recommended pressure. The worst thing you can do is go out there and end your day early by blowing a tire and putting the car in the wall, especially in practice or qualifying before you even get the chance to run for points.

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