STARR LOOKS TO CONTINUE WINNING WAYS AT GATEWAY "Driver Looks To Return After Savoring Victory" MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 19, 2006) -- For the most recent winner in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, the upcoming trip to...
STARR LOOKS TO CONTINUE WINNING WAYS AT GATEWAY
"Driver Looks To Return After Savoring Victory"
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 19, 2006) -- For the most recent winner in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, the upcoming trip to Gateway International Raceway conjures up a lot of good memories and even more confidence for another trip to victory lane with his No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota.
David Starr, who has been celebrating his Red Horse Racing team's win at Martinsville Speedway over the past few off-weeks, is looking forward to finally returning to the race track and his St. Louis debut in the No. 11 Toyota Tundra.
"It has been a very eventful season so far that is for sure," Starr said. "It is exciting and challenging at the same time to be in the Toyota camp and with this Red Horse Racing team. I have a great crew chief in Jamie Jones and we are learning each other more and more with every race. We started the season off a little slow but as Martinsville shows we are gaining on it and getting better, and we're looking forward to another great race in St. Louis."
Starr, who currently sits fifth in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series standings, has one win and three top-10 finishes at Gateway International Raceway in six career starts. His victory in the 2004 race at Gateway International Raceway was one of the most spectacular finishes in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series history.
The race -- which was the last race in NASCAR history to feature multiple green-white-checkers -- took 14 extra laps, a record-setting four attempts at the green-white-checker finish, and a bump and run on the final lap before the checkered flag finally waved and Starr was crowned the victor. Starr led only one lap in the race -- the last lap.
"That was definitely a wild race," Starr said recently. "I was running in the fourth position with about 20 laps to go, and I knew I was better than the third-place truck so I was working on getting around him. The next thing I knew the front two trucks, who were the class of the field, took each other out and I am sitting there second when the last green-white-checker happened. Again, I knew that I was better than that truck directly in front of me so I just concentrated on getting a clean pass by him -- we made a little contact but I was able to get past him for the win."
Although the excitement of that race will never be duplicated, Starr feels confident that a return trip to victory lane at St. Louis is an attainable goal for him and the Red Horse Racing Team.
"Gateway reminds me of a combination of Martinsville (turns one and two) and Phoenix (turns three and four)," Starr said. "All three of those tracks have been good to me with wins. It is important to handle well, save your brakes and have strong horsepower -- my Toyota Tundra sure has that, and if I take care of my truck like I did last race in Martinsville then I think we will have another strong outing."
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series returns to action next Saturday, April 29 at 7:15 p.m. ET from Gateway International Raceway in St. Louis. The Missouri/Illinois Dodge Dealers Ram Tough 200 can be seen on SPEED beginning at 7 p.m. ET and heard on MRN and XM Satellite Radio.