Memphis: Round 14 preview

Consistent David Starr rides winning 'horse' into Memphis Motorsports Park DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 10, 2006) -- For David Starr, whose No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota team comes to Memphis Motorsports Park as the defending winner of Saturday's...

Consistent David Starr rides winning 'horse' into Memphis Motorsports Park

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 10, 2006) -- For David Starr, whose No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota team comes to Memphis Motorsports Park as the defending winner of Saturday's O'Reilly 200, there is no special pressure to perform.

According to Starr, this week is no different than any other.

"I think that the pressure is the same every time we go to a race track," said the 38-year-old Texan, who most recently visited Victory Lane in April at Martinsville Speedway. "Every week, we strive to do the best we possibly can do. We go to the racetrack with the mentality we can win.

"And there's no difference this week as we head into Memphis Motorsports Park."

Last year's win -- the first for the team and then-driver Brandon Whitt -- wasn't exactly an upset, although it seemed that way when Ron Hornaday Jr. (No. 33 Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet) spun from the lead in the final turn and handed Whitt the victory.

Whitt started from the Budweiser Pole and led twice before positioning himself to take advantage of Hornaday's misfortune, triggered by a smoke from a spinning truck.

That said, Starr and his team figure to have an advantage this week despite the driver change and a different truck and tire compound. He'll be gunning for series win No. 5 and to improve on a season in which he's ranked seventh in the standings with six of 12 finishes among the top 10.

"I guess the main thing for me is this: (crew chief) Jamie Jones and the Red Horse Racing team have good notes going into Memphis because they won last year," Starr said. "So we'll probably unload off the truck pretty good."

He's hoping the Memphis event will jump-start a season in which the team has been better than most -- but not as good as some.

"We've really adjusted well as a race team this season. The more we race together the better we get," said Starr. "I'll be honest though, I don't feel the team has reached its full potential.

"We've been great on short tracks and we are getting better on bigger tracks."

Jones shares Starr's confidence.

"Same track, same team, different driver," he said. "It's always an honor to go back to a place that you've won at before. We're going to Memphis with just as good a chance as anybody else to win this weekend.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers David Starr , Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Brandon Whitt