BUSCH: Starr will have busy season

BUSCH: Starr will have busy season

NASCAR Craftsman Series driver David Starr announced Wednesday at the Texas Motor Speedway that he will run 15 races in the 2004 Busch series for Michael Holigan, owner of Holigan Racing. David Starr and Michael Holigan announce the...

NASCAR Craftsman Series driver David Starr announced Wednesday at the Texas Motor Speedway that he will run 15 races in the 2004 Busch series for Michael Holigan, owner of Holigan Racing.

David Starr and Michael Holigan announce the new Busch team sponsored by Enzyte.
Photo by Michael C. Johnson.
Starr, for the third consecutive season, will drive the Spears Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado on the entire 2004 Craftsman Truck Series. He will drive the 15 Busch races for Team Enzyte and Holigan. Holigan is no stranger to NASCAR racing. He was the primary sponsor for Hendrick Motorsports and driver Jerry Nadeau in the former Winston Cup Series.

This Texas land developer is excited about having a "true Texas team" completely based in the Fort Worth, Texas area. Having five top-five finishes in 2003, Starr was injured in a mid-season test in Milwaukee.

Nursing a broken collarbone and broken bones in his left hand and foot, Starr was forced to miss four races and thus was eliminated from competing for the Craftsman Truck Series Championship. The first race for the Team Enzyte Busch car will be at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March.

The second date will be at Starr's home track, the Texas Motor Speedway, where Starr is an instructor at his uncle's Team Texas High-Performance Driving School. Voted the Most Popular Driver in the truck series by his peers, Starr began his racing career at age 14 when he drove a street stock at Houston's Big H Speedway. Since then he has been a regular on the truck series and has run selected Busch events. Last April he unsuccessfully attempted to qualify for the NASCAR Winston Cup race at Texas.

Michael Holigan is not only the owner of the Team Enzyte NASCAR Busch Series Team, but also owns a Texas based AMA Supercross racing team. His weekly television series, "The Reality of Speed", is the first reality television show surrounding motorsports. The show is featured on Spike TV and will run for 52 weeks.

Starr will learn this racing season to work with two crew chiefs and two different type set-ups. Todd Myers will crew chief the Busch team while Dave McCarty will crew chief the truck team. Starr believes that it is not hard to change from series to series. "Look at Tony Stewart", Starr points, "it will make me a better driver".

David Starr, Craftsman Truck and NASCAR Busch Driver for 2004.
Photo by Michael C. Johnson.
His Busch crew chief has worked with NEXTEL Cup driver Jamie McMurray and new NEXTEL Cup driver Brendon Gaughan who is moving from the truck series. Chevrolet is also sponsoring the truck team for 2004. The Spears stable will sport seven new trucks for the 2004 season.

The goal of the Busch team according to Holigan is to, "build a good book". Holigan indicated that although they have zero chance of winning the Busch championship this year, in 2005 they are looking at going full time on the Busch series.

Starr already has had some exciting moments with the new team off the track. The morning of the press conference he stepped out to the shower and faced a camera shooting for the TV series. The "Reality of Speed" crew was taping Starr for an upcoming segment.

Starr explained that the show really shows the inner workings of the shop and how the AMA Supercross and the Busch teams interact. Starr also indicated that the motorcycle side of racing is "too dangerous" for him and that he would stick to trucks and cars.

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