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STARR TO USE NEW APPROACH AT HOME TRACK "Texan Seeks First Win In Home State" MOORESVILLE, NC (June 5, 2006) -- David Starr has been so close to winning at his home track so many times that he can almost taste victory there, but something...

STARR TO USE NEW APPROACH AT HOME TRACK
"Texan Seeks First Win In Home State"

MOORESVILLE, NC (June 5, 2006) -- David Starr has been so close to winning at his home track so many times that he can almost taste victory there, but something has always prevented him from capturing a win at Texas Motor Speedway.

The Houston native has always entered the 'Great American Speedway' with the attitude that being the hometown favorite, he had to win. This year, the driver of the No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra is going to the 1.5-mile tri-oval with a different way of thinking.

"I've decided that I am going to approach this week's race at Texas a little bit differently than I have in the past," said Starr, who currently sits fifth in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship points standings. "This time, I am looking at it as just another race in the nine week stretch that we are on in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Do I want to win there? Yes. I want to win every week. But I am going into Texas this time looking at the big picture and that is to win the championship."

Even though a win in the Lone Star State has evaded Starr, he has posted some impressive stats at Texas Motor Speedway. In 15 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts at Texas, Starr has started on the outside pole four times and has six top-fives and eight top-10 finishes.

Starr's career-best finish at Texas Motor Speedway is third, which he has recorded three times. In his most recent truck start at the Fort Worth track in October 2005, Starr posted a fourth-place finish, which he has also done three times.

"For years, I have been trying to win at my home track and I have been so close so many times, but the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is just so competitive that it isn't easy to win," said Starr, who has four career wins in the truck series. "This year, there are probably 25 drivers that can win on every given weekend and that just shows how tough this Series is."

Starr enters Texas as one of five drivers who have already scored one win (Martinsville Speedway) in the 2006 season. In eight starts this year, Starr has scored one win, two top-fives and three top-10 finishes.

"What we have accomplished this season is incredible," Starr said. "I feel strongly that each race track we go to that Red Horse Racing is going to be a contender. We are fifth in points right now and we have already won one race. If it all ended tomorrow, I could live the rest of my life with no regrets, but I have to say that a win at Texas would be very special to me and one of the biggest highlights of my career."

"I have a lot of friends and of course my family is there," Starr continued. "The people who are really responsible for me being where I am today are from Texas, so winning there would be something very remarkable for them, too."

Starr returns to action at his home track on Friday, June 9 for the Sam's Town 400 at Texas Motor Speedway. The green flag waves at 9:15 p.m. ET. The ninth race of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule can be seen on SPEED and heard on MRN/XM Satellite Radio.

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