Compton stays safe at Bristol. BRISTOL, TN (March 24, 2003) -- Ask Stacy Compton what his favorite track is and he will quickly reply Bristol, TN. Stacy may love Bristol, but Bristol didn't love him back in 2002 when two major accidents in the...
Compton stays safe at Bristol.
BRISTOL, TN (March 24, 2003) -- Ask Stacy Compton what his favorite track is and he will quickly reply Bristol, TN. Stacy may love Bristol, but Bristol didn't love him back in 2002 when two major accidents in the two events there left him with disappointing finishes. "Bristol is a crap shoot," commented Compton. "Things happen in a hurry and there usually isn't anywhere to go when an accident occurs in front of you." An uncharacteristically poor qualifying effort for this season's Channellock 250 placed Compton in the middle of the field and in peril of having bad Bristol luck again this year.
Compton and the Kingsford/Johnsonville team did a masterful job of avoiding disaster as 13 cautions slowed the 250-lap event. Compton moved from his 25th place starting spot to 9th by the race's halfway point. That's when the team chose to give up track position to work on improving the chassis. Steve Plattenberger said, "We were a top ten car but we weren't competitive with the leaders. We chose to make an extra stop to free the car up for Stacy so he could race hard at the end." The chassis adjustments did not significantly improve the handling and Compton was unable to regain his earlier track position, finally finishing 15th.
Stacy Compton was frustrated by the end of the day, "We didn't crash so that is better than our result last season. But we were really fast here last year and we weren't today. Everyone is working hard to figure out what we need to do to make these new Chevy's turn better. We haven't hit on the right combination yet but we will."
Compton and team now head to the great state of Texas this week for the O'Reilly 300 on Saturday March 29th.