Kansas: Chris Fontaine preview

Chris Fontaine will make his third NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway on July 2nd. The 23 year-old Lakeland, Florida native will pilot the No. 4 Bobby Hamilton Racing Dodge driven previously this...

Chris Fontaine will make his third NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway on July 2nd. The 23 year-old Lakeland, Florida native will pilot the No. 4 Bobby Hamilton Racing Dodge driven previously this year by Casey Atwood and Timothy Peters. Peters will return to the driver's seat for the Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky Speedway on July 9th. Fontaine brings a variety of Late Model stock car experience to the BHR stables. Fontaine has competed in the NASCAR All-Pro Series, the Hooter's Pro Cup Series and the All American Challenge Series. Fontaine's breakthrough Late Model win came against a star-studded field in DeSoto Super Speedway's traditional season opening Icebreaker at the start of the 2004 season. Fontaine bested short track veteran's Wayne Anderson and Billy Bigley Jr. to capture that win.

On Racing at Kansas Speedway? I don't think it will be a problem, but it will be a new challenge with faster equipment. I have competed on other large tracks before, including the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway in an I-Power Dash Series car, and the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway in a NASCAR All-Pro car. It will be a new situation for me with more weight and more horsepower, but I am really looking forward to the challenge."

The Heat at Kansas in July? "I have heard it is going to be one of the hottest races of the year, Kansas Speedway is traditionally pretty hot around the fourth of July. I will have to prepare myself this week for that, to deal with the heat. I am looking forward to being in another new place and a new challenge, and I am going to try to conquer it."

Notes:

* Fontaine will make his third NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at Kansas. His first start was earlier this year at Mansfield and his second start came last week at Milwaukee.

* Fontaine will pilot the BHR chassis "Beavis" this weekend at Kansas. Bobby Hamilton won with Beavis at Atlanta in 2004 and Darlington in 2003.

* Fontaine became interested in auto racing after spending three years playing ice hockey in a junior league in his hometown of Lakeland, FL.

Crew Chief Randy Seals on Kansas Speedway: "Kansas is a big fast, really smooth racetrack in which your aerodynamic package will play a critical role. The body attitude as the truck goes around the racetrack is very important to having success. Your aren't as dependent on chassis adjustments there as you would be on some other tracks because of the role that aerodynamics play. It is so smooth there are no significant bumps or washboards that you would need to adjust to. Chris Fontaine has done a fine job in the two races we have run with him. We had a tire problem at Milwaukee or I feel like we would have had a better finish. We have had three different drivers behind the wheel of the No. 4 this year and they all have their own way of wanting things whether it is the seat belts, the mirrors or how the truck reacts in certain situations. I am proud of all the guys on this team for staying focused and being ready to race every weekend."

-BHR

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Casey Atwood , Billy Bigley , Wayne Anderson , Chris Fontaine