Compton Cashes in with 10th Place Finish at Vegas LAS VEGAS, Nev. (March 4, 2002) --Stacy Compton and the No. 59 Kingsford/Johnsonville Chevrolet team played their cards right in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Sam's Town 300 and collected their...
Compton Cashes in with 10th Place Finish at Vegas
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (March 4, 2002) --Stacy Compton and the No. 59 Kingsford/Johnsonville Chevrolet team played their cards right in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Sam's Town 300 and collected their first top10 finish of the season.
A series of long, green-flag runs played a big role in race strategy and the outcome of the race. In an effort to gain track position some teams skipped pit stops toward the end of the race, gambling on old tires and depleted gas supplies. For some it paid off, for others it meant coasting to the finish line. "When it comes to pit strategy, racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is like counting cards at the Black Jack table. You're trying to figure out what cards have been played and what cards are still in the deck," stated owner Tad Geschickter.
"Some guys made it over 75 laps on gas and that paid off for them," commented crew chief Steve Plattenberger. "There was no way we could go that far. The result was that several cars that were slower than us all day made one less pit stop and finished ahead of the No. 59. Stacy and the crew did a great job. I'm excited about how things are coming together for this team. This is our second top 10 qualifying effort of the year and would have been our second top 10 finish if we didn't have a flat tire at Daytona."
The Kingsford/Johnsonville team definitely showed how resilient they were this week. A flu bug spread through the shop and several team members had pneumonia. Car chief Frank Kerr spent a day in the emergency room getting IV antibiotics before he could even board a plane for Las Vegas.
"These guys sure are dedicated to winning races," noted driver Stacy Compton. "Most everyone was pretty sick this week, but they worked through it and gave me another great car. It's frustrating that we didn't finish higher, but I guess it's pretty good when you're frustrated by a top 10 finish."