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Stacy Compton Rockingham Preview The Team: ...

Stacy Compton Rockingham Preview

The Team: #59 Kingsford/Johnsonville Chevrolet, Busch Grand National Series Division

The Race: Saturday, February 23, 2002 -- 1-866RBCTERM.com 200 at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, NC -- 197 laps/200 miles

The Track: Called "The Rock," the 1.017-mile oval track has 22 degrees banking in turns 1&2 and 25 degrees banking in turns 3&4 with 8 degrees on the straightaways. An abrasive track surface chews up tires and makes tire conservation a critical factor in the race.

TV/Radio: Fox 1:00 p.m. ET / MRN 12:30 p.m. ET

Compton at Rockingham: Compton has four NASCAR Winston Cup Series starts at North Carolina Speedway, with his best finish 34th at the Dura Lube/Kmart 400 in February of 2000. In February 2001, he led the field on laps 50-55 at the Dura Lube 400, but was forced off the track with engine problems late in the race.

Compton on Rockingham: "The biggest thing at Rockingham is saving your tires. If you can go gentle on your tires the first two-thirds of the race, and then get a good set at the end of the day, you can win the race. I'm pumped after last week's race at Daytona. This is our first race at an intermediate track, and our car has a good set-up for this event. I'm looking forward to going to Rockingham to improve on what we did last week."

Crew Chief Comments:  "We will be running the same car we ran at
Rockingham in the fall.  It qualified seventh and was strong until we got
a bad set of tires.  We'll lighten it up and take a good machine to the
track."  Steve Plattenberger

Pit Crew Comments: "Our confidence level is pretty high after Daytona. We were up against the best and showed we could hold our own." George Eisenhower, Rear Tire Changer

Double Duty: Compton is also running the full NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule in the No. 14 Conseco Pontiac owned by A.J. Foyt Racing. Last week in Daytona, he posted a 27th place finish.


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Drivers Stacy Compton , A.J. Foyt