BUSCH: Fontana: Stacy Compton preview

Stacy Compton in California. The Team: ...

Stacy Compton in California.

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

The Race: Saturday, April 27, 2002 -- Auto Club 300 at California Speedway in Fontana, California-- 150 laps/300 miles

The Track: This is the sixth season the NASCAR Busch Series has visited California Speedway. The California Speedway is a state-of-the-art sports facility and a great place to watch a race. The 2-mile, tri-oval track has 14 degrees banking in the turns, 11 degrees on the front straightaway and 3 degrees on the backstretch. GM cars have won every Busch Series race at the speedway.

TV/Radio: FOX 3:30 pm ET / MRN 3:00 pm ET

Compton at California: Compton does not have any starts at California as a Busch Series driver, but has been there two times driving for Melling Racing in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. As a NASCAR driver in the Craftsman Truck Series, Compton has three starts at California with his best finish a third place in 1999.

Compton on California: "We ran good at Talladega last weekend (2nd place), and we hope to improve one position this weekend. Many of the Kingsford people will be at the race in California and we would like to give them something to cheer about. As far as strategy, fuel management is the key to winning. The cars that get better fuel mileage will have the advantage."

Crew Chief's Comments: "We're taking a brand-new car to California. The chassis and set-up is like our other cars and hopefully will be as good. California Speedway is a big Vegas; it's basically a fuel mileage race." Steve Plattenberger

Last Year at California: Hank Parker Jr. in the No. 36 Chevrolet won last year's Busch race at California with a 5.458 second margin of victory over Jeff Purvis. The Bud Pole Award went to Bobby Hamilton Jr. The race had two cautions for 8 of the 150-lap event. There were 19 lead changes among 12 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. He finished 27th in Talladega last weekend.


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Drivers Hank Parker Jr. , Bobby Hamilton Jr. , Stacy Compton , Jeff Purvis , A.J. Foyt