BUSCH: Bristol: Stacy Compton preview

The Team: ...

The Team: #59 Kingsford/Johnsonville Chevrolet, NASCAR Busch Grand National Series

The Race: Saturday, March 23, 2002 -- Channellock 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. -- 250 laps/133.25 miles

The Track: Bristol will host the first short track race of the NASCAR Busch Series season. Bristol Motor Speedway is a classic short track facility just over a half-mile in length and has been a part of the Busch Series since its beginning in 1982. With steep, concrete banking (36 degrees in the corners and 16 degrees on straights), drivers run a race of attrition.

TV/Radio: FX 12:30 pm ET / PRN 12:30 pm ET

Compton at Bristol: Compton does not have any starts at Bristol Motor Speedway as a Busch Series driver, but has been there two times driving for Melling Racing in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. He also has three starts at Bristol in the Truck Series scoring a second-place finish in 1999. Last year in the Cup Series, Compton was forced to use a provisional in order to qualify for the race and started deep in the field in 41st position. He drove one of his best races of the season and collected a respectable 11th-place finish.

Compton on Bristol: "The key to running good at Bristol is having a good qualifying run and then keeping the fenders on the car during the race. I've had success at Bristol both in the Truck Series and last year in the Cup Series. I started deep in the field in last year's Cup race, but had a good car and was able to work my way towards the front. I got caught up in a spin early in the race and had nose damage that put me a lap down. I was able to get my lap back from Harvick and had a strong finish. Bristol is a great place to race."

Crew Chief's Comments: "Bristol is one of my favorite tracks. We're taking the car we ran there last year. It was as good car and ran great before it got crushed up after hitting some oil on the track. We put the car back together and made the modifications required by NASCAR this season -- we're ready. We've been very competitive every week; we just need a little luck to bring home that first trophy." Steve Plattenberger

Last Year at Bristol: Matt Kenseth in the No.17 Chevrolet won last year's Busch race at Bristol with a 0.352 margin of victory over Tim Fedewa. The Bud Pole Award went to Kevin Harvick in the No.2 Chevrolet. The race had twelve cautions for 75 of the 250-lap event. There were five lead changes among five drivers.

Double Duty: In addition to his Busch Series ride, Compton is also running the full NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule in the No. 14 Conseco Pontiac owned by A.J. Foyt Racing. Last week he finished 27th in Darlington.


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Drivers Matt Kenseth , Kevin Harvick , Stacy Compton , A.J. Foyt