Chicagoland: David Starr race report

David Starr Nets Top-Ten in SS Green Light Debut Joliet, IL -- August 27, 2010. David Starr was a man without a ride. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series veteran, who had started every race in the series since 2004 was in danger of not racing...

David Starr Nets Top-Ten in SS Green Light Debut

Joliet, IL -- August 27, 2010. David Starr was a man without a ride. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series veteran, who had started every race in the series since 2004 was in danger of not racing Friday night at the Chicagoland Speedway after the team he was driving for this season suspended operations earlier in the week.

In less than forty-eight hours, SS Green Light Racing General Manager Bobby Dotter was able to put together a deal to have David drive the team's ASI Limited No. 21 at Chicago and keep both his consecutive race streak alive and hold his position in the top ten in the 2010 point standings.

David delivered for the SS Green Light team on Friday night with a tenth place finish in the EnjoyIllinois.com 225.

The SS Green Light team led by Butch Miller looked good in both practice session with Starr quickly adapting to the No. 21 truck. Starr qualified twelfth on Friday afternoon with a lap of 31.45 seconds on the mile and a half track at 171.65 mph.

David struggled with a loose condition at the start of the race and dropped back a couple positions early in the race. Star radioed to the Miller and the crew that he was "loose all around." The team made adjustments to improve the condition on the first stop on lap twenty-nine and David would restart the race from the nineteenth position. One by one David began to move up in the running order, reaching eighteenth on lap forty. He took the ASI Limited No. 21 to the high side of the track and made two passes just after the races one-third mark.

The team survived a scare when David reported a vibration on lap sixty-four, Starr took it easy to be sure everything was alright for several laps and luckily the vibration did not get worse and force David to the pits.

With only fifteen trucks on the lead lap, Miller kept Starr on the track under the second yellow to lead a lap and gain five bonus points. The team made several more adjustments after coming to the pits and helped improve the handling of Starr's Chevy. The changes worked as David ran his fastest lap of the race on lap 105.

Caution flew again on lap 125 and following another stop, Starr restarted thirteenth before moving up to twelfth when a late caution flew with just two laps to go. David took advantage of NASCAR's new doublewide restart and charged from twelfth to tenth at the checkers just ahead of teammate Jason White in the No. 23.

"We gave it everything we had," said Starr following the race. "It's not a bad start. We fought some balance issues throughout the race, but I'm pleased to get a top-ten for the SS Green Light team."

"This was such a last minute deal," he added. "I know that Butch and the team didn't get the time to prepare as well as we would have liked, so it makes this feel like a win for me."

"I can't say enough about Bobby Dotter and Ken Smith for letting me drive for them this weekend. I have to thank all the guys who worked hard to make it happen."

"We have three trucks that finished the race without a scratch," said Dotter. "I'm glad that we were able to help David out so he could keep his consecutive start streak alive and hold his place in the point standings."

The tenth place finish was Starr's seventh of the year and kept him ninth in NCWTS point standings behind leader Todd Bodine.

-source: ssglr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , David Starr , Bobby Dotter , Jason White , Butch Miller