Hi! I think I'm starting to get it. Why not start the recording before starting the record. You can always take it out later.
What I'm doing is starting the recording in CD Spin Doctor 3 before I start the record. By the time I have gotton over to the record to start it, that 4 second lead is more like 15 to 20 seconds. That gives me plenty of time afterwards to put in an extra track that I can take out later. BTW, when tsantee said you can start a track anywhere, that includes the first track. Once I have my tracks manually selected, I highlight each one. Then I can "grab" the front of the individual track that I selected and move it left or right till I get it right where I want it to start. This has worked for me great. No or very little surface noise.