LOUDON, N.H. (May 11, 2002) -- A mishap during a re-start in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Busch 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway took Stacy Compton and the No. 59 Kingsford/Johnsonville Chevrolet team out of contention early in the ...
LOUDON, N.H. (May 11, 2002) -- A mishap during a re-start in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Busch 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway took Stacy Compton and the No. 59 Kingsford/Johnsonville Chevrolet team out of contention early in the race.
When the green flag flew for a re-start on lap seven of the 200-lap event, cars were already crumpling sheet metal as a result of brake checking at the front of the field. The sudden start and stop at the front caused havoc on cars behind them, leading to a multi-car pileup.
Jason Keller's No. 57 Ford ran into the back of Todd Bodine's No. 92 car leaving Stacy Compton, who was running fourth, with no place to go. Compton ended up drilling the No. 57 car, leaving heavy damage to the front end of his No. 59 Chevy.
"I had no idea what happened at the time," stated Compton after the race. "Someone either missed a gear or brake checked everyone. I was wide open when I hit the 57 car. It's tough because we are right up there in the points. The team did exactly what it needed to do when you're in the hunt for a Series championship. They fixed the damage quickly and we picked up as many positions as we could. That will pay off when they tally the points at the end of the season."
Compton's Kingsford/Johnsonville team worked frantically during pit stops and repaired his car well enough to finish 27th. Compton only dropped one position in the point standings and is currently eighth.
Bobby Hamilton Jr. was the winner of the Busch 200 and the 16th different winner in the 16-year history of NHIS.
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