Charlotte: David Starr race notes

David Starr Scores First Podium Finish Of The Season Charlotte, N.C...Showing off both his skill and that of the Spears Motorsports crew, David Starr powered his No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Chevy Silverado to take the Pole and a third place ...

David Starr Scores First Podium Finish Of The Season

Charlotte, N.C...Showing off both his skill and that of the Spears Motorsports crew, David Starr powered his No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Chevy Silverado to take the Pole and a third place finish in the Infineon 200, Round 5 of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Friday, May 21.

"What a wild ride," said Starr at the end of the race. "I almost lost it a few times, especially on the restarts, but it sure is good to be back on the Podium. This is my best finish at this track and I'm definitely pleased. Hopefully this is just a glimpse of things to come for the rest of the season."

Sitting on the Pole with a 30.239, a new track record, Starr almost spun at the start, which immediately put him back to 6th. " It wasn't the way I planned," says Starr with a smile. My plan was to sail out into the lead, but it just didn't work that way. Luckily, I didn't get tangled up with anyone and was able to save it, so I guess I can't really complain too much."

Never hesitating for a second, Starr immediately got up on the wheel and began his charge back to the front. "We had our Spears Chevy setup to run on the bottom," explained Starr. "However, the groove moved to the top and we weren't running too well up there. I knew it was just a question of time until I made my first pit stop and then things would be better."

And better they were. Pitting for the first time under Yellow on Lap 43, the crew made adjustments and Starr was able to begin moving up. " We gained a number of spots but fell back to 19th after our second yellow flag stop," continues Starr. "But by then our Spears Chevy was right on and I began to pick off competitors one-by-one."

Making his way through the field, Starr was running in third with three laps to go, and looking to challenge for second. "I was coming off of Turn 2 trying to pass Dennis Setzer," explains Starr "when the caution light came on. I immediately got off the throttle and so did Carl Edwards. Setzer never lifted and sailed into the lead. He definitely got us both and then the caution light went off. I managed to get past Edwards on the final lap, but he got up on the right rear of me and just like on the start I got loose and he nailed second. But it was sure a good race and this is our best finish this year. It moved us up another two spots in the point's battle, which is what it is all about. Now we are just 9 points out of 10th and should be able to make another leap forward next time out. This weekend was definitely a momentum booster for the whole team. Everyone is really up and ready for more and that's what it takes. I am really proud of our whole team and extremely happy that we could give Wayne and Connie Spears and Chevrolet a Podium finish at this historic track."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers David Starr , Dennis Setzer