Reybestos Rookie of the Year contender Stacy Compton could be forced to hand over his seat in the Melling Racing #9 Ford Taurus to veteran Bobby Hillin after breaking his collarbone while working out at his local gymnasium.

Compton, who currently sits 35th in the points standings, suffered the break during a game of racquetball at his local gym and although he has declared himself fit to start the 500 at Bristol this weekend his team will have Hillin on standby in-case he runs into trouble.

Racquetball is a popular sport amongst drivers, as it requires almost constant movement and lightning quick reflexes, a big plus in Winston Cup competition. It is understood that Compton tripped and fell during his routine wok out on Wednesday and although the beak is relatively clean, it is unlikely that the injured limb will be able to withstand 500 punishing miles around the tight Bristol circuit.

Hillin, who is currently competing in the Busch Grand National Series for Robert Hayes, made his Winston Cup debut in 1982 and has one career Winston Cup victory to his credit. Should Compton require a relief driver, Hillin's extensive experience should be a great asset to the team.

Compton joins Bill Elliott on the disabled list after the driver of the #94 McDonalds Ford fractured his kneecap whilst in his back garden. Elliott could be sidelined for several weeks with his place in the car being taken by Busch Series regular David Green.

In the light of these two events, and with the current trend toward safety measures being improved out on the track, maybe NASCAR should consider implementing similar rules for the drivers OFF the track as well.