Daytona Beach Fla. ( Jan 21, 2001) David Starr felt very confidant after the last round of testing for the upcoming season opening NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race to be held at Daytona International Speedway.
"The truck handles really well" said Starr. "I was able to stay on the gas and hold my line all the way around the track" He continued "Going into turn two it would feel like it wanted to get loose, but the truck would hold my line all the way out of the turn."
Testing started Friday morning under warm skies and found the TKO crew with a well handling truck right out of the hauler. The team spent a lot of the session trying different shock combinations along with different rear end gears. By the end of the day Starr was approaching lap times under 50 seconds.
Day two of testing brought with it a weather change and damp cold air. Starr and the TKO Dodge boys worked hard and got the truck up to speed. Finishing the day with a fast lap time of 50,241 seconds.
To make the test complete, day three brought cold dry weather. Three days, three different weather scenarios. And Starr was up to the task. In the afternoon session he was able to lead the drafting pack and run consistent laps in the 49 second bracket. Starr ended his day with a fast lap time of 48,831 seconds.
"I feel the truck will race well, and I can't wait for February 16th to come" said Starr.
While truck testing may be over Starr still has work to do. He will be participating in Busch Grand National testing on January 23 with a car owned by Wayne Day. "We have a real good car for the Busch test and I can't wait to get back on the track" he commented.
Watch David Starr racing the TKO Motorsports No. 41 Dodge at 11 a.m. on January 16, 2001, in the season opening Daytona 250. It is the first of a twenty-four race schedule in the NCTS in 2001. All races will be televised by ESPN or ESPN2.