Long day at Charlotte for Kingsford/Johnsonville Team. CONCORD, N.C. (May 26, 2002) -- Stacy Compton and the Kingsford/Johnsonville Chevrolet team spent the first half of Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Carquest 300 searching for a car setup ...
Long day at Charlotte for Kingsford/Johnsonville Team.
CONCORD, N.C. (May 26, 2002) -- Stacy Compton and the Kingsford/Johnsonville Chevrolet team spent the first half of Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Carquest 300 searching for a car setup suitable for the tough racing conditions characteristic of Lowe's Motor Speedway. "This is a speedway where your car needs to be tight in one corner and loose in the other and that's not easy to do," explained crew chief Steve Plattenberger.
The team took advantage of a series of caution flags early in the race and brought the No. 59 Chevy into the pits for several chassis adjustments. The pit stops kept Compton at the back of the field for much of the race, but eventually helped him move up toward the leaders.
Late in the race, a long green flag period with cars cycling in and out of pit road allowed Compton to move into fourth place. Unfortunately, when Compton was leaving the pit area after his scheduled green flag stop, he was black flagged for speeding and forced to take a penalty run through pit road.
The penalty left the Kingsford/Johnsonville Chevrolet two laps down and ended the team's chance for a top-ten finish. Compton would finish the day in 17th place.
"What a day we had; I feel like we just ran ten races in a day," commented crew chief Plattenberger. "Everyone did one heck of a job today. We changed the car on every stop to make it better handling; we changed a battery because our alternator quit working and we stayed on lead lap with a chance for a top-ten finish. That last green flag stop was one of our fastest of the season. I just can't believe they called us back for speeding on pit road. That definitely cost us a top-ten, but we proved that we're building a championship contending team today. We missed the setup and still worked together to get a decent finish."
Compton concurred, "We weren't pretty today, but we did what you have to do if you want to run up front in the point standings. Nobody gave up and the car was much better at the end of the race than it was in the beginning."