David Starr Fights for Fourteenth at Kentucky Sparta, KY -- September 3, 2010. David Starr's fourteenth place finish in his first race driving the SS Green Light Racing No. 81 was not what the Texas native had hoped for. Following a tenth ...
David Starr Fights for Fourteenth at Kentucky
Sparta, KY -- September 3, 2010. David Starr's fourteenth place finish in his first race driving the SS Green Light Racing No. 81 was not what the Texas native had hoped for. Following a tenth place finish the week before in a back-up truck, the team had high expectations for the Allegro Marinade Toyota Friday night in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Built Ford Tough 225 race at Kentucky Speedway.
The SS Green Light team led by Jason Miller worked hard to find speed in the Thursday night practice sessions, but Starr could only produce the twentieth quick time in Friday afternoon's multi-truck qualifying session with a lap of 31.85 seconds on the mile and a half track at 169.5 mph.
Early in the race, David moved up to fifteenth from his tenth row starting position when the first caution flew on lap 21. Mixed pit strategies shuffled the field and dropped Starr back to twenty-first on the restart and over the next 25 green flag laps he once again moved back towards the top-fifteen in the running order.
A call to save a set of tires and gain track position by Miller put the Allegro Marinade No. 81 up to fifth during a caution on lap 46, however fresh tires prevailed after the restart and David was shuffled back after several laps of green flag racing to the sixteenth place.
The middle stages of the race was more of the same with the team making adjustments and Starr racing hard but never able to find the speed needed to find his way to the front of the field.
David would continue drive hard throughout the 150 lap race, but could not keep pace with the leaders when the final 54 laps were run under green resulting in a fourteenth place finish for the Allegro Marinade Toyota.
"I'm not quite sure what was going on with the truck. We were tight all weekend, but a lot of trucks were tight. It was tight, but not undriveable tight." said Starr following the race. "I lost a lot of speed from the middle of the corner off and that hurt us down the straights. It's almost like something was binding either in the transmission or rear end, the truck just wouldn't go when I wanted it to."
"The racer in me is disappointed, but there are a lot of positives that came out of this race, we didn't hurt the truck and we have a lot to build on. I know that Jason and these guys will figure it out," he added. "Everybody is just great on this team and I'm proud of how hard they worked to find some speed. It's our first race together. I know we'll figure it out. I have a ton of faith in Jason Miller. If a race was won on effort, this team is a winner."
"I want to thank the folks from Allegro Marinade for coming on board with us, they had a large group at the race and I think they all enjoyed the experience. The truck looked great and hopefully they will join us again in the future."
Starr's remains ninth in the NCWTS point standings behind leader Todd Bodine, one position ahead of teammate Jason White.
The next race for David Starr and the SS Green Light team is the New Hampshire 200 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 18th.