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Turn One to run partial Cup schedule in 2012

January 20, 2012, Mark Aumann,

Add Stacy Compton's Turn One Racing to the list of small teams attempting to make an initial foray into Sprint Cup racing in 2012. Compton confirmed Friday that he has formed an alliance with Richard Childress Racing that could result in a minimum eight-race schedule.

"I know we're going to run Kentucky," Compton said. "We're going to run Indianapolis, for sure at this point. And we've got our eye on Texas as well."

Compton has been in communication with RCR general manager Mike Dillon in his efforts to create a Cup program, with the idea of starting small and growing as sponsorship money becomes available.

"We ended up buying five cars from Childress," Compton said. "Probably before the end of the season, we'll end up getting a couple more cars. What Mike and I talked about, pretty much every month, we'll try to get another chassis from them. Obviously if we tear something up, that could change.

"We don't want to buy a ton of stuff, because obviously a lot of stuff's going to change next year. But we want to make sure we've got everything we need this year, where we don't put ourselves in a bind by the end of the year."

Compton's goal at this point is to concentrate on short tracks -- namely Martinsville, Bristol, Richmond and Dover.

"Obviously, we're a small team," Compton said. "And to go to these mile and a half tracks with the technology that the Hendricks and the Roushes and the RCRs have, it's going to be tough for us to compete, harder than it will be on the short tracks. So we've got to make sure the tracks that we pick and choose, hopefully we can have the best results."

Compton said at least one sponsor is on board with the project, but he declined to identify it at this point.

"It's a partner that we've had in the past and has supported me for many years," Compton said. "They want to make sure they get their ducks in a row first before we make any announcements on it."

If more sponsorship can be obtained -- and Compton indicated there were talks under way -- the team could run as many as 15 races.

So who will be behind the wheel? Compton said that's still to be determined.

"I don't mean this the wrong way, but drivers are a dime a dozen right now," Compton said. "We just need to make sure it's the right fit. One of the sponsors will probably dictate that. ...

"First, we need to make sure we have some sponsorship put in place and then make sure we have really good equipment. If we can do that, I think we can pretty much figure there are a few [drivers] out there that could fit our program."