Compton Expects Characteristics Of Short Track Racing at Daytona
News and Notes:
* Compton will be making his first start in a Dodge Ram Friday night since 2006. He first competed in a Dodge in NCTS competition in 1999. He will also be making his first start for Bobby Hamilton Racing.
* The Potamkin Rivera Dodge dealership was the winner of the recent Dodge Dealers Top 10 Daytona challenge promotion. Dealerships in the surrounding area took part in the promotion selling as many vehicles as they could during January. The dealership who sold more vehicles this past January than they did in 2007 won the naming rights of the No. 4 Dodge Ram truck.
* Compton will pilot "Freak" this weekend at Daytona. "Freak," who has a star-studded past at the famous SuperSpeedway, has won three of the eight NCTS races held at the 2.5 mile track. (Joe Ruttman-2001, Robert Pressley-2002 and Bobby Hamilton Sr.-2005)
* BHR holds the track record for the most trucks wins at Daytona with three to its credit.
* The NCTS is the only NASCAR series to have three-wide finishes at Daytona taking the checkered flag which has happened three times.
* Compton will be signing autographs at the Daytona Mall on Wednesday night at 7:00pm at the Sears store. He will also be signing autographs Friday afternoon in the Sprint Fan Zone at Daytona International Speedway from 4:45pm till 5:45pm.
Short Track Racing at Daytona: "They made several changes to the trucks over the off season. Our fuel cell is smaller and NASCAR made us raise them up in the truck for safety reasons. When we tested here in January everyone was screaming loose the entire time. So, that leads me to think that everyone will be all over the place once the green flag drops. It will resemble short track racing at its best because we will come so close to hitting each other. We will be in Daytona, but it may look like Bristol."
Running for a Hemi: "The first time I drove for Dodge in the truck series I won several poles. I think I won around three when I was joking with Dodge about how I should get something extra for winning three poles. Ted Flack, who still works on the Dodge truck program, told me that if I won six poles then Dodge would give me a new Hemi. Well, in Las Vegas of that year I won my sixth pole and Flack game me a I O U on a piece of paper. I didn't really think anything else about it until a few days before Christmas. Joey Arrington called me and asked me if I was going to be at the house for a couple of hours. An hour or so later Joey (Arrington), Flack and a few more others from Dodge delivered me my very own Hemi. I was like a kid on Christmas morning."