BUSCH: Darlington: Stacy Compton preview

The Team: ...

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

The Race: Saturday, March 16, 2002 -- DarlingtonRaceway.com 200 in Darlington, South Carolina -- 147 laps/200 miles

The Track: Often referred to as the track "Too Tough To Tame" or the "Lady in Black," Darlington Raceway is one of the most demanding tracks on the circuit. The 1.366-mile, egg-shaped track is banked 25 degrees in turns 1&2 and 23 degrees in turns 3&4 with 2 degrees banking on the straightaways. The track's coarse surface and tough turns make it an exciting racing venue.

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

Compton at Darlington: Compton does not have any starts at Darlington Raceway as a Busch Series driver, but has been there three times driving for Melling Racing in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. His best finish was 29th in 2000. Last year, Compton qualified 29th and was making his way to the front when he got caught up in an early accident that finished his day.

Compton on Darlington: "We've had good cars and good runs the last three races and I'm looking forward to Darlington this weekend. Darlington is an old track with a lot of racing history. Winning there carries a certain amount of prestige. I've always felt that it's the type of track that measures your driving ability."

Crew Chief's Comments: "We will be going to Darlington with the car we finished tenth with in Vegas. We'll make a few adjustments in our setup and try to give Stacy a car that handles good in the turns; you need to be able to turn good at this track. Darlington is like Rockingham, there's no way to put together a pit strategy beforehand, tire wear and yellow caution flags dictate pit strategy." Steve Plattenberger

Last Year at Darlington: Jeff Green in the #10 Nestle NesQuik Ford won the Suncom 200 at Darlington Raceway last season with a 0.511 margin of victory over Matt Kenseth. There were four cautions for 18 laps and six lead changes among five drivers. Ryan Newman in the #02 ALLTEL Ford captured the Bud Pole Award.

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 31st in Atlanta.


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Drivers Matt Kenseth , Jeff Green , Ryan Newman , Stacy Compton , A.J. Foyt