$40 part puts an end to a promising night. St. Louis, MO. (July 20, 2002) - On a hot Saturday night in St. Louis, a broken valve spring foiled plans for the Kingsford/Johnsonville Chevrolet to make its first visit of the season to victory lane.
$40 part puts an end to a promising night.
St. Louis, MO. (July 20, 2002) - On a hot Saturday night in St. Louis, a broken valve spring foiled plans for the Kingsford/Johnsonville Chevrolet to make its first visit of the season to victory lane. The car was dominant from the moment it came off of the truck and the misfortune was a bitter pill for the team to swallow.
"We were fourth quickest in the first practice and came within a few tenths of a second of sitting on the pole," reflected crew chief Steve Plattenberger. "But the really exciting thing was to watch the car in Happy Hour. We never put on fresh tires and we were as fast as or faster than those cars that put on sticker tires. David Green filled in for Stacy during practice and qualifying and did a great job getting us ready for the race."
By NASCAR rules, the team was forced to forfeit it 7th place qualifying position when Compton arrived to start the car in the race. Stacy did a masterful job of working traffic, moving from 40th place to 17th place before pit sequencing moved him into the lead. When the team finally came in for tires and fuel, a small chassis adjustment and a quick 16 second pit stop returned Compton to the track with a lightning-fast racecar that was running laps as fast as the leaders. Then, on lap 102, Compton lost a cylinder due to a broken valve spring. "I was getting ready to pass the (eventual race winner) 60 car when the part broke," Compton said after the race. "That shows how strong the car was. We push hard on every aspect of the car every week and it's really no one's fault when a part breaks. We decided to take it behind the wall and work on making it until the end of the race rather than staying out and losing the motor. We haven't given up on getting into the top 5 in points and it's good that we were able to finish tonight."
The 31st place finish left Compton in 11th place in the points battle. He is 217 points away from the top 5 with 14 races left on the schedule.