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Chris Fontaine Back Behind the Wheel of the No. 4 BHR Dodge What did he learn from his first NCTS race in Mansfield? "I learned how competitive and tough all the drivers are, and how close they race. I also learned the procedures, and what is...

Chris Fontaine Back Behind the Wheel of the No. 4 BHR Dodge

What did he learn from his first NCTS race in Mansfield? "I learned how competitive and tough all the drivers are, and how close they race. I also learned the procedures, and what is expected of me and what is expected of the crew. I am looking forward to going back, and not having to be so timid, do more racing, instead of watching."

The Milwaukee Mile? "I went to Bobby Hamilton's test there, and it looks like a real smooth track. He did really well, and they will translate all of the information from that to all three of the BHR trucks. From the times, it looks like all three of us are going to be pretty fast."

Advice from Bobby Hamilton? "We talked a little bit, and he just said run your own race and be smooth, and I should do pretty well. I just need to be patient and watch the people in front of me, and learn from their mistakes when I catch them."

What his goals and aspirations for the rest of this year, where else does he plan to run in the NCTS? "My goal is to run four more races, and learn how to handle a truck, how the procedure goes, and how to work with Randy Seals, the Crew Chief on the No. 4. I want to learn how to communicate better with him, be able to get faster everywhere we go, and be competitive and run in the top 10. Let's see if we can't get in the top 10 by the last race of this year, and be ready for some races next year. Kansas, New Hampshire and Las Vegas are all possibilities for us later this year."

How big is the learning curve from the cars he has run and the trucks? How do they differ? "The Super Late Models I run feel more like go-karts; faster and dartier. The trucks feel a whole lot heavier because they are. Even though they have more power, their weight seems to hold them back. They feel more like driving a Suburban than a Ferrari, but at the same time, whenever they rub against each other, they move around like hitting a spring wall or something. They really bounce around when you get in to each other. The tires are a big difference also. If the truck gets sideways on those tires, they don't want to come back, and it's harder to control in a slide. I found that out first hand. I thought I was going to put it in the wall during the race, but I caught it. I would like to thank everyone at BHR for all their cooperation, and I look forward to continuing a racing relationship with them."

Notes:

* Fontaine will make his second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at Milwaukee. His first was earlier this year at Mansfield.

* Fontaine got his first major Super Late Model win at Desoto Speedway's in the All American Challenge Series on Sunday, February 22, 2004.

* Fontaine competed full-time in the NASCAR All-Pro Series in 2001 and 2002.

* Fontaine will pilot the BHR chassis "Beavis" this weekend at Milwaukee. 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.

* Fontaine began his racing career at the age of 16 driving mini-cup race cars. In his first year of racing, Fontaine racked up two wins, and finished in the top five 13 of 14 races.

-BHR

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Chris Fontaine