Rain and Michigan unkind to Compton. Brooklyn, MI (August 17, 2003) - Stacy Compton and his ST Motorsports team continued their Jekyll and Hyde ways this weekend at Michigan. As has been the case continually this season, the team followed ...
Rain and Michigan unkind to Compton.
Brooklyn, MI (August 17, 2003) - Stacy Compton and his ST Motorsports team continued their Jekyll and Hyde ways this weekend at Michigan. As has been the case continually this season, the team followed three extremely strong weeks with a sub-par performance.
Compton qualified 25th for the event and the team improved the car slightly during the final practice. As the race started, it was obvious that Compton would not be strong enough to mount a charge toward the front. Crew Chief Steve Plattenberger changed strategies and decided to work on beating the competition on fuel mileage. "We were running lap times that would have placed us between 15th to 20th in the race. Our best chance to finish higher was to pit out of sequence and stretch our fuel to try and make one fewer pit stop than the leaders." With Compton running in 17th position and fewer than 20 laps left, ten of the cars ahead of him were within a few laps of pitting for fuel to make it to the end of the race. Compton's strategy, on the other hand, would allow him to finish without stopping - literally sneaking his way into the top 10 at race's end. Unfortunately, a sudden rain shower halted the race before the leaders were forced to pit. Compton finished the rain-shortened event in 17th.
Commented Stacy after the race; "We have been frustrated at the higher banked ovals a majority of the time this season. The team is working hard in the wind tunnel each week to determine the aerodynamic balance we need at theses places and we are gaining on it. We did what we needed to do with pit strategy this week. If the rain had held off just three more laps we would have another top 10 to show for our efforts."
The finish allowed Compton to hold his 10th place position in the points standings. The team heads to Thunder Valley in Bristol this weekend for their annual Friday night thriller under the lights.