Phoenix: Race winner press conference

DAVID STARR , NO. 75 SPEARS MANUFACTURING SILVERADO TODAY'S WIN IS THE SECOND OF THE SEASON FOR STARR AND THE THIRD OF HIS NCTS CAREER "I started racing for the Spears team in 2002 and we got their first win and my first win in Las...

DAVID STARR , NO. 75 SPEARS MANUFACTURING SILVERADO

TODAY'S WIN IS THE SECOND OF THE SEASON FOR STARR AND THE THIRD OF HIS NCTS CAREER

"I started racing for the Spears team in 2002 and we got their first win and my first win in Las Vegas that year and this team has been here since the first race of the series so this win is the first time both Spears and I have had two wins in a season. It felt good to me because I was so honored to be asked to drive the truck when Wayne and Connie Spears have had such great drivers like Ron Hornaday and Kevin Harvick as well as other great drivers, they gave me an opportunity of a lifetime. I can't think of a better way to thank your owners than by winning a race for them, by winning their first race for them and now winning twice in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this year.

"I have lost races like Ted (Musgrave) did today. Looking back at Nashville, we led the last sixty laps but we didn't lead the most important lap, which is the last one. They had a restart with about six laps to go and I tried to slow the field down a little bit to get a jump and I started in first gear which I usually don't ever do and I spun the tires and it gave Bobby (Hamilton) a chance to get up on the outside of me and he got by me on the outside and went on to win the race. That taught me a valuable lesson there to always make sure you do what you know how to do and don't try to change anything up because sometimes when you try to change something up to snooker somebody, it backfires on you. Today I just restarted in second gear which is what I know how to do and I didn't try to put it in first gear and slow everybody down to jump the start, I just did what I know how to do."

"I am really good at trying to run somebody down but it is a whole different mindset when you find yourself leading. You can charge the corner a little bit quicker and try to get back in the gas a little bit quicker. And you can kinda judge and see if it working for you but when you take the lead, there is nothing to judge from and you really have to change your mindset. When I took the lead, my spotter was really working with me to hit my marks, stay smooth and keep my rhythm. You can overdrive corner number one pretty easy. I was really concerned about the sun but it finally went down and we could see clearly down the front straight and corner number one. At one point, it was in my eyes and I couldn't see that well. It is definitely a different mindset but if you keep hitting your marks, you will be ok. I am not that experienced at leading racing but I can run somebody down so I had to keep my mind going in the right direction.

"We race hard in the NCTS, it is tough trucks and tough drivers. Earlier this year at one of the short tracks, I thought I was going to get a top-three finish and I ended up finishing sixth or worse. There was a little bumping and banging and I kept coming up on the short end of it. But that race was the last time we had more than one green-white-checkered and it took several times to finally get the race won. When I bumped Chad (Chaffin) there in St. Louis between one and two, I think he had slowed us all down way to much to protect the bottom and I had a good and I went in there and hit him square. It wasn't like I ran in there and knocked him out of the way. Yes, I did what I had to do to win the race, and if the situation had been reversed, he would have done the same thing. It does fell better if you can win like we did today. If you have to do a bump and run, it might not be as good as it is today but sometimes that is what you have to do to win. I wanted to win another race just to prove I could win another race without any contact.

-gm racing-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr.