David Starr, driver of the No. 10 International MAXX Force Diesel F-150 talks about racing at his home track of Texas Motor Speedway. In 18 starts at the 1.5-mile track, Starr has nine top-10 finishes and seven top-five finishes. Starr currently...
David Starr, driver of the No. 10 International MAXX Force Diesel F-150 talks about racing at his home track of Texas Motor Speedway. In 18 starts at the 1.5-mile track, Starr has nine top-10 finishes and seven top-five finishes. Starr currently sits ninth in championship standings.
DAVID STARR -- No. 10 International MAXX Force Diesel F-150
TALK ABOUT RACING AT YOUR HOMETOWN TRACK. "It's always an honor to come back here to Texas. It's home and it's my home track. Every since I started racing here in 1988, you always couldn't wait to get to Texas because it is special. It's always special. Eddie Gossage [President, Texas Motor Speedway] and all the people that run the speedway here brought me sponsors and helped my career over the years where I could race. My family owns a racing school here. It's just a special place to us. There's a lot of family and friends that will be here. I used to get all worked up on it. I think I finished third probably eight or nine times and haven't been able to win it. Now, today, I'm excited to be here. Just like I was excited to be in Atlanta last week, but I try to approach it differently. It's just another race on our circuit. It's an important race because every race we run is important. I wanted to win last week just as bad as I want to win this week. I'm just a little bit hungry to win. As a driver, I just want to win, no matter where it's at. But now that we're here in Texas as our next race, it would be really special to win here at home. I try not to get worked up about it anymore. It hasn't helped me in the past, so maybe we'll take a different approach to it, things might turn out different. It's special being here with all of NASCAR's three series; it's kind of a cool thing for the fans. It's an exciting weekend and hopefully we can put our International MAXX Force Diesel Ford F-150 in victory lane. We've got a great team and really a lot of momentum from the last couple of races and we're starting to march back up towards being top 10 in points. We've got three races left and we want to make sure we have a victory before the season is ended. We're excited and there wouldn't be a better place but in Texas."
TEXAS IS SPECIAL TO CIRCLE BAR RACING AS WELL. "It's special for everybody, from Tom Mitchell and our bosses, to me, my teammate Rick Crawford and his team. I look at everybody as just one team; having Tom Mitchell being from Texas will make it extra special. We're excited. If we can't win, we'll run second to Rick and if he can't win, we want to win. Hopefully we'll have the 10 and the 14 running up front."
SINCE YOUR DRIVING SCHOOL IS BASED HERE, YOU MUST KNOW EVERY INCH OF THIS RACE TRACK. "I do and I used to think that maybe that was a little bit of an advantage, but in our series, there is so much talent and professionalism of each driver it doesn't matter how well you know the track. It's all about how good your truck is. I think judging from last time we were here, we had a really good truck and I think we'll have a better one here this weekend. We finished fifth the first time we were here this year and we want to better that and get in victory lane."
HAVE YOU BROUGHT THE SAME TRUCK THAT YOU RACED HERE IN THE SPRING? "Yes, it is the same truck. Crew chief Dennis Connor and all the guys, I'm sure they changed some things up on it to make it better. It wasn't bad before, but I know they did make some changes to it in a good way."
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