Richmond: David Starr preview

DAVID STARR AND THE SPEARS MOTORSPORTS CREW PRIMED FOR A GOOD RUN AT RICHMOND Primed for a good run at Richmond International Raceway, David Starr and the Spears Motorsports crew are set to challenge the field when Round 18 of the NASCAR ...

DAVID STARR AND THE SPEARS MOTORSPORTS CREW PRIMED FOR A GOOD RUN AT RICHMOND

Primed for a good run at Richmond International Raceway, David Starr and the Spears Motorsports crew are set to challenge the field when Round 18 of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series comes alive on Thursday, September 8.

"We tested at Richmond last week," says Starr. "And, we really feel good about this upcoming round. The results of the test coupled with our eighth finish at Bristol has served to make everyone on the team more determined than ever. Our goal this Thursday is to come out with a top five finish and I can see no reason why it can't happen. We know our Spears Chevy Silverado is top of the line. We know we have the right amount of power under the hood with our Hutter engine and we know we have one of the very best crews in the industry. All we need is that often elusive commodity called luck and we will be right where we want to be."

Currently ranked 10th in the point standings, Starr and his team are ready to move up. "We are sitting just 26 points out of 8th and 117 points out of 5th," explains Starr. With eight races left and 185 points up for grabs at each event, we should be able to climb the point ladder without too much problem."

A one day event, drivers will have two practice sessions with a total time of two hours and 15 minutes to get their trucks dialed in for both qualifying and the race. "Our recent test session is certainly going to help and my crew chief Dave McCarty and everyone on our team tend to function really well when time is of the essence. While I naturally would like to earn the Pole, the most important thing is to have your truck dialed in for the race," continues Starr. Passing at Richmond is good so you can come from the back to the front if you play your cards right. I know this is going to be an exciting race and I love being part of the NASCAR triple-header weekends, especially this one as it is a huge Chevrolet event. Not only does it bring out even bigger crowds, but also it adds another dimension of energy. Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and a few of the other Cup drivers will be competing and that sets the competition bar another notch higher, which is great. I'm definitely excited and eager to bet behind the wheel of my Spears Chevy Silverado. I have a good feeling and think we can easily achieve our goal.

Qualifying for the Cheerios 200 takes place on Thursday, September 8 at 5:00 PM (ET) with race action getting underway at 8:00 PM (ET). Check out TruckSeries.com for live qualifying and all sorts of interesting pit action and tune into SPEED for live race coverage.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Tony Stewart , David Starr , Kyle Busch