Flat tire causes tough night for Compton. Bristol, TN (August 23, 2002) -Bristol's high banks and high speeds provide some of NASCAR's most exciting racing. The formula for Bristol is to qualify up front and to stay ahead of the numerous ...
Flat tire causes tough night for Compton.
Bristol, TN (August 23, 2002) -Bristol's high banks and high speeds provide some of NASCAR's most exciting racing. The formula for Bristol is to qualify up front and to stay ahead of the numerous accidents that occur frequently at the track's tight quarters. Stacy Compton and his Kingsford/Johnsonville crew qualified well for both Bristol races this season, but were unable to capitalize at one of their favorite tracks.
"I love racing at Bristol," reflected Compton after the race, "but Bristol didn't love us back this season. We were in an accident at the front of the field in the Spring. We qualified a solid 11th place this week, but a flat tire on lap 6 forced us to lose our track position. Anytime you have to restart at the rear in Bristol, the odds are against you."
Indeed, Compton was caught up in two separate incidents as he worked his way back through the field after changing tires early. The first incident was minor, and the crew repaired the car quickly in the pits, leaving Compton only 3 laps down. However, the second incident required the crew to take the car behind the wall for extensive repairs. The result was a disappointing 33rd place finish.
"We were gaining momentum and starting to pile up the top 10 finishes," commented Crew Chief Steve Plattenberger. "Our next race is Darlington and we had a top 5 car there all day in the Spring. We'll just have to start a new string of top finishes this week."
The finish left Compton 11th in the NASCAR Busch Series Point Standings. "Mr. Excitement" Jimmy Spencer won the race.