Rising Fuel Costs and Kansas City On Compton's Mind News and Notes: * The Virginia native will be making his eighth start at Kansas Speedway this weekend. He has one Sprint Cup Series start, five Nationwide starts and one previous NASCAR ...
Rising Fuel Costs and Kansas City On Compton's Mind
News and Notes:
* The Virginia native will be making his eighth start at Kansas Speedway this weekend. He has one Sprint Cup Series start, five Nationwide starts and one previous NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start to his roster at Kansas.
* The No. 4 Dodge will be sporting the Gladstone Dodge paint scheme this weekend at Kansas. The Gladstone Dodge dealership was the outstanding sales performer selling more Dodge vehicles than all the surrounding dealerships for the prize spot on Compton's No. 4 Dodge Ram.
* Compton will pilot "Timmy" this weekend at Kansas. This chassis ran at California earlier in the season and scored a 21st place finish. Since California the team has tested "Timmy" and improved the performance of the truck in preparation for Kansas.
* Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week kicks off this week. Kansas Speedway offered its support to the cause by offering free screenings to all fans before the running of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 on Saturday. Visit www.headandneck.org for more information about Head and Neck Cancer.
Compton on Fuel and More: "The increase in the price of fuel lately is really hurting our travel budget this season. We have been trying to find ways around it, but so far it has been an uphill battle. The fuel prices are almost triple the amount that they were three years ago, it's certainly putting a cramp on everything we're doing. Instead of us asking for dollars, we're offering to do things sponsorship-wise if you'll pay for the fuel for the haulers or something similar to that. When you do your budget at the beginning of the year you put fuel in the budget and pay for it, but honestly there is no real way to "know" how much it will cost with the economy the way it is right now. I am not taking my motor home to Kansas this weekend because I can't justify spending that much money on it when I can stay at a hotel with the team. It is a battle we are all facing right now no matter what series you are racing in."
Kansas On Top of Compton's Favorite List: "Even though my finishes don't show it I really love racing at Kansas. I have had the pleasure of racing at this track in all three NASCAR series, but racing a truck at Kansas is a lot of fun. Because the track has a lot of laps on it you can drive just about anywhere you want. If your truck is not handling to your liking then you can move to the upper grove or lower grove and search for a better handling. Several tracks we go to, this is not an option which is why Kansas is one of my favorites."
Team Owner Lori Hamilton encourages everyone to be screened during Head and Neck Cancer awareness week: "When Bobby was diagnosed he immediately became an advocate of early detection of head and neck cancer. He asked everyone around him to get tested, promoted it to anyone who would listen and became a huge believer in the screening process. It doesn't hurt, is free and the 10 minutes it takes to do it could save your life. So we are encouraging everyone to please take advantage of this free screening opportunity."