Stacy Compton

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Stacy Compton
Stacy Compton.jpg
Born (1967-05-26) May 26, 1967 (age 48)
Hurt, Virginia, United States
Awards 1998 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Most Popular Driver
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
89 races run over 7 years
2012 position 56th
Best finish 33rd - 2001
First race 1996 Goody's Headache Powder 500 (Martinsville)
Last race 2012 Pocono 400 (Pocono)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 2
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
173 races run over 6 years
Best finish 80th – 2009
First race 2001 GNC Live Well 300 (Homestead)
Last race 2006 Ford 300 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 33 1
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
158 races run over 10 years
Best finish 4th - 1999
First race 1997 Chevy Trucks Challenge (Disney)
Last race 2010 Lucas Oil 150 (Phoenix)
First win 1998 Craftsman 200 by NAPA (Portland)
Last win 1998 Lund Look 275K (Topeka)
Wins Top tens Poles
2 65 9
Statistics current as of June 9, 2012.

Stacy Compton (born May 26, 1967)[1] is a NASCAR former team owner and former driver. He is a former co-owner of Bobby Hamilton Racing-Virginia in the Craftsman Truck Series, and is a former racing analyst for ESPN full-time. Before he ran in NASCAR, Compton was a successful short track racer in Virginia.

Early career[edit]

Compton was born in Hurt, Virginia, and grew up racing in Virginia with his focus on late models in local racing divisions. Eventually, he moved up to the NASCAR Winston Racing Series, and won 36 races in seven years of late model competition. During this time, Compton also hosted a TV show dedicated to covering Virginia races. In 1996, Compton made his debut in a major NASCAR series driving for Dean Monroe, when he qualified in 9th place for the Goody's Headache Powder 500 at Martinsville Speedway in the Winston Cup series. He finished 33rd that day after suffering brake failure. He ran one other race during his rookie season, the fall Martinsville event. He finished 33rd in that race as well.

1997–1999[edit]

In 1997, Compton signed up with a new team, Impact Motorsports, to run the #86 Valvoline sponsored Ford F-150 for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year Award. During his initial Truck Series season, Compton had three Top 5 finishes and a 13th-place finish in points, but fell well short of the top rookie award. For the 1998 season, R.C. Cola replaced Valvoline as the sponsor. In the third race of the season held at Phoenix International Raceway, Compton won his first career pole position, and finished in third in the race. The next week at Portland Speedway, he led all but two laps and won his career Truck Series race. He got another win later that season at Heartland Park Topeka. He finished seventh in the final points standings and was named the Most Popular Driver. Compton had high hopes for 1999 season as Impact switched to Dodge Rams and getting a teammate in Randy Tolsma, but he failed to go to victory lane that season, although he did finish fourth in the points. Late that season, Compton began competing in some Winston Cup races for Melling Racing. Soon afterwards, Melling announced that Compton would driver their #9 Kodiak-sponsored Ford Taurus in for Winston Cup Series in 2000 season.

2000–2002[edit]

Compton struggled during his first year in the Cup series, as his best finish was 16th at New Hampshire International Speedway. In the summer Michigan race, he crashed during qualifying and suffered minor injuries. He was replaced by Bobby Hillin, Jr. at the following event. Compton ended the year 38th in points.

In 2001, Melling switched the car's number and manufacture to 92 and Dodge and had a new crew chief with Chad Knaus. Compton started the season by qualifying on the outside pole next to Bill Elliott in the Daytona 500 and went on to score a 10th-place finish. At the next restrictor-plate race at Talladega Superspeedway, he won his first career Cup pole position, but finished last due to mechanical issues. After winning a second career pole at Talladega, he was only able to improve his points position by five spots. At the end of the year, sponsorship problems at Melling forced him to look elsewhere for a job.

In the 2002 season, Compton signed with A.J. Foyt Racing to drive the #14 Conseco-sponsored Pontiac, replacing Ron Hornaday, Jr. He had a best finish of 18th when Conseco filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. He was let go after the New England 300. He returned to Melling for one race before competing in two for BAM Racing at the end of the season. His last career Cup start for nine years came in the 2003 Pepsi 400 for Morgan-McClure Motorsports.

2001–2012[edit]

In 2001 at the GNC Live Well 300, Compton made his Busch Series debut with JTG Daugherty Racing, then known as ST Motorsports. He qualified 12th and finished 10th. For four consecutive seasons, Compton ran every Busch Series race with JTG. Although he did not win a Busch Series race, he has 33 career top-ten finishes and one pole position. His best points finish was a 9th in 2002.

Compton in the #59 racing at Daytona in 2006, courtesy of U.S. Navy.

Following the conclusion of the 2006 season, Compton was replaced by Marcos Ambrose and returned to the Truck Series, sharing the #09 Ford with Joey Clanton for nine races. In 2006, Compton founded Turn One Racing, LLC, as a way of promoting talented young drivers in the southeastern United States. He made a total of fourteen starts that season, ten for Wood Brothers/JTG, as well as one for Key Motorsports and three for Xpress Motorsports. He bought into Bobby Hamilton Racing in 2008, and was named driver of the #4 Dodge for the team during the season. After the race at Bristol Motor Speedway the #4 team shut down, leaving Compton out of a job. He drove the #60 Toyota for Wyler Racing in 2009 mostly unsponsored until sponsorship came from Safe Auto Insurance Company late in the season, finishing with 8 top-tens and finishing 11th in points. Despite the new sponsorship, Jeff Wyler was unsure if the team would continue into 2010, so Compton and Turn One Racing bought the #60 from Wyler, though the team continued into 2010 under the Wyler Racing banner. Compton would split the #60 Truck with former Formula 1 driver Narain Karthikeyan and Red Bull development driver Cole Whitt, while also changing manufacturers to Chevrolet. Compton later took sole ownership of the team and renamed it Turn One Racing. Compton scored only five top tens and finished 20th in points. Karthikeyan left at the end of the year to drive for Hispania Racing in F1, while Safe Auto left the team to sponsor ThorSport Racing's #13 Truck.

2012 saw Compton expand his Truck Series team, Turn One Racing, into the Cup series with an unsponsored #74 Chevrolet, starting at Bristol Motor Speedway in March[2] He himself would attempt to qualify the car at Texas Motor Speedway but failed to do so. However, Compton did later manage to get into the field for the Pocono 400 in June.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stacy Compton Career Statistics
  2. ^ Turnbull, Doug (March 7, 2012). "Stories from the other side of the garage: News on Roderick, Turn One, and Hamilton Means". WSB Radio. Atlanta, Georgia. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  3. ^ Caraviello, David (June 9, 2012). "Compton makes first Cup race since 2003". NASCAR.com. Turner Sports. Retrieved 2012-06-10. 

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