CONCORD, N.C. (January 24, 2001) -- Melling Racing and Stacy Compton were hoping to become the first team to run a Dodge in two of NASCAR's three premier divisions, the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. That goal will not be reached, yet, as the team has decided not to compete in the Florida Dodge Dealers 250 Craftman Truck race at Daytona.

"After the truck test last week, we just weren't confident that were going to be a contender in the race," said driver Stacy Compton. "We realized that we had a lot more work to do on the truck, and with all that's going on with the new Dodge Winston Cup program, we weren't going to be able to give the truck a 110 percent effort. We don't want to run it unless we can do it right and have a sure shot at winning. We're going to work hard to get the truck ready to be a contender at Martinsville (April 7)."

Melling Racing will field the No. 92 Kodiak Dodge Intrepid in the 43rd annual Daytona 500.

-Andrea Spruell