Indy not what Compton expected. Indianapolis (August 3, 2002) - If you had asked Stacy Compton at the beginning of the season what he expected to happen during Indy week this year, he would have talked about helicopter rides back and forth from...
Indy not what Compton expected.
Indianapolis (August 3, 2002) - If you had asked Stacy Compton at the beginning of the season what he expected to happen during Indy week this year, he would have talked about helicopter rides back and forth from the Brickyard to Indianapolis Raceway Park. He would have predicted a dominant performance in the Busch race and a lot of "pomp and circumstance" surrounding the Winston Cup event. Things turned out differently than anticipated for Compton and the Kingsford/Johnsonville Chevrolet.
With his sudden departure last week from his Winston Cup team, Compton was able to concentrate on his Busch efforts. After a 10th place finish in Colorado last week, the team took Compton to South Boston Speedway to prepare for the short track intensity that is Indianapolis Raceway Park. The team was supremely confident heading into this weekend's race.
Practice found Compton second fastest on the speed charts and an outstanding qualifying lap left him with a 3rd place starting position for Saturday night's event. NASCAR dismisses it's usual weekend format at IRP, impounding all cars immediately following qualifying. It is the only race on the circuit where competitors must race the same set-up that they qualify. Considering the fact that qualifying takes place in the heat of the day and that the race occurs after nightfall, finding the right compromise between 2 lap dominance and 100 lap race performance can be difficult.
Crew Chief Steve Plattenberger explained, "We were pretty sporty during the afternoon practice and qualifying. The trick is to predict how much the track will tighten up for the race and to build adjustability into the racecar. Unfortunately, we had the car too tight for the start of the race and the long green flag run from lap 50 until lap 180 didn't give us much of a chance to adjust on the chassis. Our 16th place finish tonight was a real disappointment based on the way we ran at the test this week and during practice today. We let Stacy Compton down tonight, but we will test during our off week and we won't let that happen again this season."
This weeks finish left Compton 11th in the Busch Series Points standings with 12 races remaining - only 286 points out of the top 5. Greg Biffle won his 4th race of the season in a photo finish. The team will test in Michigan during this off week in preparation for the race there on August 17th.
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