Martinsville II: David Starr preview

Starr on Returning to Martinsville as the Defending Winner: Earlier this spring, David Starr and the No.11 Red Horse Racing Team went to Victory Lane at Martinsville Speedway in only their fourth start together. Now, sitting seventh in the...

Starr on Returning to Martinsville as the Defending Winner:

Earlier this spring, David Starr and the No.11 Red Horse Racing Team went to Victory Lane at Martinsville Speedway in only their fourth start together. Now, sitting seventh in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point's standings, Starr and his team return to Martinsville to defend their victory.

"Winning at Martinsville was one of the coolest things that has happened to me in my career, and I would love to be able to repeat at a track that has so much history. If we want to win back-to-back races at Martinsville, I know that this Red Horse Racing team has its work cut out for us. Going back to Martinsville as the defending winner is pretty cool. Since we're the defending winner, everyone is going to be gunning for us and watching how we're doing. As for me, I'm sure I'll be thinking about how we celebrated in Victory Lane, but I have to focus on the task in front of us -- and that's to win again. The season is winding down and this Red Horse Racing team has a few goals we still want to achieve and one of those is to finish in the Top Five in points. We're not far out of the top five now, so we're going to do all we can to make up that ground and get back in the Top Five before the end of the season."

Looking Back: How Starr and the Red Horse Racing Team Won at Martinsville and What Starr Said:

Starr and the No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra led the final 121 laps in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway in April. The No. 11 Red Horse Racing Team scored the victory thanks in part to crew chief Jamie Jones' one pit stop strategy. The team pitted at Lap 65 and restarted in 13th place. After several caution flags and pit stops by race trucks in front of him, Starr was able to move into the lead at Lap 129 and never look back.

"Anytime you can win in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is a big deal. It is just so competitive these days. This is a dream come true for me because there is so much history at Martinsville. I remember watching races here as a kid, and I love Martinsville. It's just great short track racing. There's a lot of beating and paint trading and sometimes there are a lot of cautions. Today, those cautions worked out to the benefit of my team, my truck and my situation. Because of those cautions, we only pitted one time for tires (lap 65). I was just focused on keeping my truck out front and trying to keep everything behind me. I look forward to the rest of the year with Red Horse Racing."

Starr and Red Horse Racing Take on NASCAR's Short Tracks:

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 has one win (Martinsville Speedway), a third-place finish (Mansfield Motorsports Speedway), a fourth-place finish (O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis) and a fifth-place finish (Bristol Motor Speedway). The team's only finish outside of the top 10 at a short track came at Memphis Motorsports Park, where the team finished 11th.

"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, and you can tell by looking at our stats from this season that my team love short tracks, too. With my crew chief Jamie Jones calling the shots, I feel more confident than I ever have in the driver's seat at the short tracks of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. 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 that's something that is more important than anyone could ever realize. Coming back to Martinsville as the defending winners, we're obviously expecting big things."

Notes:

* Starr will be making his 161st career start in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this week at Martinsville.

* Starr has four career victories (Las Vegas -- 2002, St. Louis and Phoenix -- 2004, Martinsville -- 2006).

-credit: rhr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers David Starr
Teams Red Horse Racing