Compton Gets Shot In BAM Car

The only driver to win a NASCAR Winston Cup pole at Talladega Superspeedway last year will be behind the wheel of the No. 49 BAM Racing Dodge for this weekend’s EA Sports 500.

Stacy Compton hasn’t started worse than sixth at Talladega since his rookie season. He won both poles in the Melling Racing Dodge last year and started sixth in A.J. Foyt Racing’s Pontiac in April.

“Anyone who grew up in a town named Grit must have a lot going for him,” said Beth Ann Morgenthau, who owns BAM Racing with her husband, Tony. “Stacy won both poles last year, started sixth in April and has shown he knows how to race at Talladega. His experience and his talents, along with what our people at BAM bring to the table, should lead to a great weekend for us.”

Compton, 35, is a native of Grit, Va. His first full season of NASCAR Winston Cup racing came in 2000, when he qualified 22nd and 13th at Talladega. In the last four restrictor-plate races, he didn’t qualify lower than third.

“The place to be in these plate races is up front, and Stacy has shown he knows how to get there,” Morgenthau said. “It is certainly a lot easier to start up front than work your way to the front, and we’re working to do that this weekend.”

They’ll have to reverse history, for BAM Racing has struggled in 2002.

Shawna Robinson drove the car in eight races, with a best finish of 24th in the Daytona 500. Ron Hornaday tried to make three races, but he qualified for only one.

Cope drove the No. 49 at Michigan and Bristol and ran well but didn’t finish in either.

Kevin Lepage drove it at Dover, while Stuart Kirby was behind the wheel at Kansas.

BAM Racing hasn’t finished a race since Robinson was 36th at Texas Motor Speedway in April, a span of 10 races for the team.

“We are continuing to work hard to make our cars and our team the best they can be,” Morgenthau said. “Stacy’s input into our restrictor plate program is going to be very important to what we are doing next season and in the years to come.”

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