Martinsville: David Starr preview

Filled With Confidence Filled with confidence and armed with a strong running Spears Manufacturing Chevy Silverado, David Starr and the Spears Motorsports crew are ready to set sail for Martinsville Speedway and the running of the Kroger 250,...

Filled With Confidence

Filled with confidence and armed with a strong running Spears Manufacturing Chevy Silverado, David Starr and the Spears Motorsports crew are ready to set sail for Martinsville Speedway and the running of the Kroger 250, Saturday, April 17.

After a four-week hiatus, Starr is more than eager to get behind the wheel of his Chevy truck again. "Four weeks off is too long for me, so I am really looking forward to this round of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series," smiles Starr. "Running at Martinsville definitely takes me back to my roots. I started my career on short tracks and they are fun, action-packed races, both for the driver and especially for the fans."

With just two rounds in this year's series completed, Starr is looking for a good finish at Martinsville to catapult him up the point's ladder. "We had an engine problem at Atlanta," he explains and that put us down from where we wanted to be. But with 22 races left, we have plenty of time to move up. We tested our Chevy at Greenville Pickens last week and were pleased with the results. We're definitely good to go and with a little luck, we should be able to finish well."

With over 50 years of hosting NASCAR events, Martinsville Speedway is steeped in history. At slightly more than half a mile in length, Martinsville is one of the shortest tracks on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Circuit, but one of the biggest when it comes to action. Often referred to as two drag strips with a tun around on each end, this demanding layout consistently produces some of the wildest fender scrubbing and wild wheel-to-wheel racing on the tour.

"It truly is a fun track and it would be awesome to add my name to the roster of drivers that have won there," says Starr. It has both a high groove and a low one, so you can pass. The important factor is to have a good handling truck and good brakes. Aerodynamics don't mean much at this type of track. You have to play it smart if you want to be there at the end. Doing well requires saving your equipment and exercising extreme patience. This is one of those tracks that making a simple mistake can easily end your day. You have to hit your marks, stay focused and not burn the brakes."

Qualifying for the Kroger 250 gets underway on Friday, April 16 at 1:30 P.M. (ET) and racers take the Green Flag on Saturday, April 17 at 12:30 P.M. Live action will be broadcast on SPEED TV.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers David Starr