Rockingham result not worth the wait. Rockingham, NC (February 24, 2003) - A strong and steady rainstorm coupled with dangerously high winds postponed the Rockingham 200 NASCAR Busch Series Race on Saturday. Stacy Compton and his ...
Rockingham result not worth the wait.
Rockingham, NC (February 24, 2003) - A strong and steady rainstorm coupled with dangerously high winds postponed the Rockingham 200 NASCAR Busch Series Race on Saturday. Stacy Compton and his Kingsford/Johnsonville Team headed home on Saturday evening to put in a full weekend of work on the Las Vegas race car so that it could depart immediately following the re-scheduled Rockingham race on Monday.
The weather postponed all but 1 hour of practice time at "The Rock" and forced the team to make an educated guess on both the race and qualifying set up that the new Chevrolet Monte Carlo body style would need. Compton was pleased with the way the car handled in qualifying although he posted only the 20th fastest time. "This new car has more down force than the old car," commented crew chief Steve Plattenberger. "We should have pulled more gear for qualifying."
As the race started on Monday morning, Compton methodically worked his way through the field. By the race's halfway point, he was in 10th place and had four new Goodyear tires bolted on the car for a march to the front. Over the next 40 laps, the car became extremely loose. As it turned out the right front tire had a slow leak that caused the under-steer condition. The team had one last set of tires left and bolted them on for the run to the finish. Another tire leak, this time in the rear, left Compton with his hands full, doing a great job to finish the race in 22nd place without an accident.
Reflected Compton after the race, "What a disappointing day. We adjusted on the car through the first half of the race and got it better. We weren't a great car, but we were a top-10 car. I can't believe that we had two tires leak down in one race. I had to drive extremely hard just to keep the car out of the wall over the last 60 laps. We missed the set-up today and had some bad luck. There is no other way to put it."
Jamie McMurray won the race in dominating fashion, his second Rockingham Busch Series victory in a row. The team next heads west to Las Vegas for next weekend's Sam's Town 300. Compton was impressive in a test session in Vegas this winter, posting the second fastest time of all attending Busch Teams during the two-day test.