STARR HANGS TOUGH FOR 13TH IN MICHIGAN "Driver And Team Battle Elements Together" BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN (June 19, 2006)- The Con-way Freight 200 at Michigan International Speedway marked David Starr's 150th start in NASCAR Craftsman Truck...
STARR HANGS TOUGH FOR 13TH IN MICHIGAN
"Driver And Team Battle Elements Together"
BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN (June 19, 2006)- The Con-way Freight 200 at Michigan International Speedway marked David Starr's 150th start in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competition. Honored by the milestone, Starr hoped that he would contend for a top spot at Michigan on a special day. But Starr would have his work cut out for him as the No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota lined up 28th for the Con-way Freight 200.
From the drop of the green flag, it didn't look as if Starr's special day would go the way he had hoped. Starr lost four spots in the No. 11 Toyota at the drop of the green flag and fell to 32nd-place. He radioed his crew that he was too loose and couldn't get back in the gas. An early caution flag at Lap seven gave crew chief Jamie Jones the opportunity to bring Starr down pit road to work on the truck's handling issues. The Red Horse Racing crew made a track bar adjustment, a wedge adjustment and added fuel before sending Starr back on the race track. Starr restarted in 27th-place on Lap nine.
The adjustments that the team made to the No. 11 seemed to be just what Starr needed. It didn't take long before Starr began moving forward through the pack of trucks. By Lap 15, Starr had moved up four spots to 23rd-place. Four laps later at Lap 20, the No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota had moved into the Top 20. Starr continued his forward progression and was in 17th-place when the third caution of the day waved at Lap 36.
Starr told his crew that the changes on the first stop had helped the No. 11 Toyota, but he still needed a little help getting into the corners and through the center. The Red Horse Racing pit crew ripped off a fast four tire and fuel stop and sent Starr back out on the track in 12th-place -- five positions better than what he came in.
Over the course of a long green flag run, Starr hung in the top 15 often switching positions with his competitors. But by Lap 60, Starr had fallen back to 17th-place. The truck was loose in the center of one and two, Starr told the crew. If he could get some help there, Starr felt the truck would be ok for a solid finish.
The caution flag waved at Lap 67, and Starr was able to get the relief he needed. The Red Horse Racing pit crew changed four tires, added fuel and made an air pressure adjustment to help Starr. Another quick pit stop helped Starr gain positions on the race track, and he restarted in 13th-place at Lap 72.
The closing laps of the race would be plagued with caution flags, and Starr would trade positions with his rivals in the Top 15 numerous times. Under the caution at Lap 84, Starr was in 14th-place. He told his crew that his Toyota had gotten a little tight off of Turn two, but that he thought the truck was pretty good.
A late race caution set up a green-white-checker finish, and Starr would bring the No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota home in 13th-place. Starr and the No. 11 Red Horse Racing team fell to ninth in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point's standings -- 339 points behind leader Todd Bodine. Starr is only 26 points out of fifth place in the standings.
"I'm not going to say I'm happy with a 13th-place finish because our goal is to finish in the Top 10 week in and week out, but I am not disappointed with what we accomplished at Michigan either," Starr said. "We got behind the eight ball with our qualifying effort, but that didn't stop his Red Horse Racing Team from working their butts off. They knocked out some great stops in the pits to help fix my truck and to help me pick up positions on the track. They were awesome today -- and they deserved a lot of credit. I've said all along that I think this Red Horse Racing Team is top notch, and I believe that. We are only 26 points out of fifth place in the points, and I believe that we can be back in the Top Five in no time."
Starr and the No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota return to action at the Milwaukee Mile for the Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200 on Friday, June 23. Race action begins at 8:15 p.m. CT on SPEED and MRN/XM Satellite Radio.