David Starr Brings Home Third at Homestead
Homestead, Fla...Ending the 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season in fine style, top-ranked driver David Starr scored a third place finish at the Ford 200 at Homestead Miami Speedway.
"What a race," said Starr at the end of the 134 Lap season finale. "Luck was definitely riding with our No. 75 Spears Chevy Silverado this weekend. There were a couple of tense moments, especially when I spun prior to lap 30. I couldn't believe that I managed to save it. We are definitely pleased with a top three and also pleased that we were the top Chevy across the Finish Line. That is always an honor."
Gridded in 17th, Starr powered off the Startline with his usual determination. "Boy, when the race got going, I was racing backwards fast," said the popular Texas native. We just kept getting looser and looser and it was all I could do to hang on. But this is a team that just doesn't give up and Dave McCarty (my crew chief) and the crew did an outstanding job of making the right adjustments and getting me out of the pits in record time."
Dropping back as far as 28th after his spin, Starr showed off his uncanny ability of being able to smoothly cut his way through the field and by the half-way point he had already moved into the 11th place spot. "The Spears crew just kept making our Chevy better each time we pitted," continues Starr, "And we had some great steam from our Hutter engine, plus obviously, luck was on our side."
Continuing his march to the front, Starr moved into the 4th spot with just under forty laps to go.
"We were really racing hard at the end," he says. "We managed to get into 3rd with about 15 laps left, but we didn't have enough time to move up any further. Despite our slow start, we ended up 6th in the overall point standings and that is a real tribute to our entire team. I love this series and I feel very fortunate to be here. I can't thank Wayne and Connie Spears enough. They have been so good to me and it is a pleasure to work with them. To be in a competitive ride on a national stage is what thousands of drivers dream of and I feel blessed and very, very lucky to be here.