Compton's shot at top finish in Daytona halted by cut tire DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Monday, February 18, 2002) -- Driver Stacy Compton and the Kingsford/Johnsonville ...
Compton's shot at top finish in Daytona halted by cut tire
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Monday, February 18, 2002) -- Driver Stacy Compton and the Kingsford/Johnsonville #59 Chevrolet team had a top-five car in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series EAS/GNC Live Well 300 at Daytona International Speedway.
Compton started the race in sixth and for over 80 laps of the 120-lap event, battled for the lead. The #59 Chevrolet ran strong, staying with the top five cars until the first caution of the day on lap 23. Most of the field took advantage of the caution and headed to the pits. Compton entered pit road in fifth, taking on four tires while other teams took two. He restarted the race in eighth and continued to run in the top 10.
A tremendous pit stop following the second caution of the day on lap 57 put Compton into the lead. He was able to hold the number one spot until an eight-car wreck on lap 74 brought out the yellow flag for the third time.
Misfortune struck the #59 car on the race restart. Coming off pit road, Compton felt a rear tire losing air and was forced to return to the pit area. "After we cut a left rear tire, we had to pit under the green which put us a lap down," explained Compton. "We were unable to successfully get our lap back, even though we were still running competitively."
The unscheduled trip back to the pit area for a new tire cost the team a shot at a victory and relegated Compton to a 20th place finish.
"We had a top-five car today and we had an even better opportunity to take this Kingsford/Johnsonville Chevrolet to Victory Lane," said Compton after the race. "Everything about this racing team is strong and all we can do is try it again at Rockingham."
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. held off Michael Waltrip in the last 100 miles to win the EAS/GNC Live Well 300.