David Starr on a Little Push Goes a Long Way * This will be David Starr's fourth race at Talladega Superspeedway; he has entered in all of the events here. * The Texas native has completed all the laps on the superspeedway, and his highest...
David Starr on a Little Push Goes a Long Way
* This will be David Starr's fourth race at Talladega Superspeedway; he has entered in all of the events here.
* The Texas native has completed all the laps on the superspeedway, and his highest finish is 11th place in 2007.
* This Week's Truck: Starr will pilot the HT-16, the same truck he raced at Daytona International Speedway.
* In 35 speedway starts (two + miles or over), Starr has no wins, one pole, six top-five and eight top-10 finishes. He has led 81 laps on this particular style of track.
Drafting: "We actually draft at several tracks throughout the year. Places like Atlanta, Texas, Michigan are all drafting tracks. But we take drafting to a whole new level in Daytona and Talladega. Those places you can be leading the race, but if you get too far out front they will make a run on you and shuffle you back to 20th in a hurry, even in one lap. So you have to think about how far you are away from the truck behind you and in front of you. It even matters who you have outside of you. You can get behind the right truck, and suck up to them as we say, and you will be on rails."
Rolling off a Top 10: "It helps when you have a top-10 finish to carry that momentum into the next race. In Martinsville we had a great truck and the guys did a great job with the pit strategy. We had some time before the last race to regroup a little bit and breathe, but now we are back on a roll again. Unfortunately in Talladega you can be a victim of circumstance there and it usually kills your truck. But we don't go into events thinking about killing our momentum; we go in thinking about how the glass is half full."
A Little Push Goes a Long Way: "It takes a friendly push from the right person to get your truck to move through the field in Talladega. If you push a person in the corners the wrong way you can send their truck sailing through the air we are going so fast. So drafting takes finesse. You can't just go in there half cocked; it has to be the right time and the right place to get you that next spot. And if it is the right timing, you can grab as many positions as you want. A little push goes a long way."