Indy IRP: David Starr preview

Starr on Getting Back On Track At Indianapolis: "We bobbled a little bit in Memphis, and I really hope we can rebound in Indianapolis. We really thought we should have finished better than 11th. All in all though, short tracks have really been a...

Starr on Getting Back On Track At Indianapolis:

"We bobbled a little bit in Memphis, and I really hope we can rebound in Indianapolis. We really thought we should have finished better than 11th. All in all though, short tracks have really been a strong point for the Red Horse Racing team this weekend. We won in Martinsville and finished third in Mansfield. So I hope that we can have a good run and get back in the top five at Indianapolis because that's where this team belongs and is capable of being. My crew chief, Jamie Jones, is the reason we do so well on the short tracks. He knows how to make my Toyota turn in the center and get the truck suited to my driving style. I know the Red Horse Racing team has everything in order for a good run. Our pit crew has been on top of the game every week, so with any luck on the track, we'll have another good run on a short track."

Starr on Short Tracks and His Record at O'Reilly Raceway Park:

Starr and the Red Horse Racing Team have excelled at short tracks on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule this season. The No. 11 Red Horse Racing Team won (Martinsville Speedway), finished third (Mansfield Motorsports Speedway) and 11th (Memphis Motorsports Park).

This weekend, the Red Horse Racing Team tackles O'Reilly Raceway Park -- a track that has been difficult for Starr. His best finish at the .686-mile oval in six starts was an 11th-place in 2003. Starr hopes that his success on the short tracks this season can help him to breakthrough and score his first top 10 at O'Reilly Raceway Park.

"I think any race car driver will tell you that short tracks are tough -- on the driver, on the team and on the equipment. I love short track racing, but I just haven't had any luck at Indianapolis. In the past, I haven't had the right setup or I have gotten caught up in the typical short track beating and banging. So, needless to say, I'm not happy with my record at Indianapolis in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. My goal this weekend is to change that and bring home a top-10 finish for the Red Horse Racing Team and for me. With my crew chief Jamie Jones calling the shots, I feel confident that I have as a good a chance as I have ever had to come out of Indianapolis with a top 10. JJ really knows what to do to make my truck turn on the short tracks. More than that, he knows the calls to make on top of the pit box and how to keep me calm when things get a little dicey on the track. And I'm sure there will be moments like that this weekend. This No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota has finished in the top three on two short tracks -- I would like to make that three times this weekend at Indianapolis."

-rhr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers David Starr
Teams Red Horse Racing