BUSCH: Fort Worth: Stacy Compton race notes

Foul weather pit strategy benefits Compton in Texas FORT WORTH, Tex. (April 8, 2002) --NASCAR Busch Series teams may want to consider adding a meteorologist to their crew after what happened at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday. Rain delayed the...

Foul weather pit strategy benefits Compton in Texas

FORT WORTH, Tex. (April 8, 2002) --NASCAR Busch Series teams may want to consider adding a meteorologist to their crew after what happened at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday. Rain delayed the start of the 200 lap O'Reilly 300 for over three hours and the inclement weather would eventually shorten the race and help determine finishing positions.

Stacy Compton and the Kingsford/Johnsonville Chevrolet started the day in 10th-place, but got bumped out of the racing groove early in the race allowing a number of cars that had formed a single line to pass on the inside. Before Compton could fall back to the inside groove, 14 cars "freight trained" the No. 59 Chevy.

Compton was running 24th when the fourth caution of the day flew on lap 106. While some teams took four tires under the caution, Compton's No. 59 Kingsford/Johnsonville Chevrolet team took just two. "I looked up at the dark sky and was tempted to tell Stacy to stay out on the track," stated crew chief Steve Plattenberger. "I knew if I did, the sun would probably come out and we would finish somewhere in 30th place, so we decided on two tires. It turned out to be a good decision."

Compton returned to the track in 11th place and after 10 minutes under a red flag, the rain showers returned forcing officials to call off the race. Jeff Purvis in the No. 37 car who also opted for two tires jumped from 10th to win the race.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Stacy Compton , Jeff Purvis