STARR COMES HOME CLEAN IN RED HORSE RACING DEBUT "Handling Issues Deny Better Finish" DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA (February 20, 2006) - In front of an estimated crowd of 90,000 spectators, David Starr debuted with his new team and truck as he piloted...
STARR COMES HOME CLEAN IN RED HORSE RACING DEBUT
"Handling Issues Deny Better Finish"
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA (February 20, 2006) - In front of an estimated crowd of 90,000 spectators, David Starr debuted with his new team and truck as he piloted his No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra to a 14th place finish in the 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season opener at the Daytona International Speedway Friday evening.
"We struggled a little bit with our handling out there tonight," said David. "I was loose all night but we just battled together as a team and brought the truck home in one piece. We had a good qualifying run and I was really hoping for a better finish than what we got. This is a new team for me and each race we are together this season we will only get better and better. So, let's take home this finish and go to California next week and improve on it."
Starr posted a strong qualifying effort on Thursday evening placing his No.11 Tundra in the sixth position on the starting grid for the 250-mile race on Friday night. On a pleasant evening in Daytona, Starr took the green flag and was able to move as high as third in the early laps of the event. It wasn't long before David radioed back to Jamie Jones (crew chief) that his Tundra was very loose. He would fall back to the middle of the pack before hitting pit road on lap 28. A strong stop by the Red Horse Racing crew for a few adjustments along with four fresh tires and fuel would return David to the track in the 12th position. The changes did not seem to help as the No. 11 Toyota Tundra was still battling a loose condition as Starr once again fell to the middle of the field.
A second trip down pit road under caution on lap 44 allowed the Red Horse Racing crew to make a further wedge adjustment on their truck. Again, another strong pit stop by the crew would gain track position for Starr as he would return to the track in the 11th spot. Back to green, David would hover around the top-10 before falling back a little after 20 laps of green flag racing. This would prove to be costly as a mishap in front of Starr on lap 73 resulted in him checking up only to have another competitor get into the back of the No. 11 Tundra -- luckily only resulting in cosmetic damage. He would come down pit road for the last time on lap 74 for further adjustments and repair of the minor damage.
The green flag on lap 78 would find Starr in the 21st position but he would quickly move forward in the field as the truck seemed to be just a little better. He would be knocking on the door of the top-10 when two late cautions denied any further progress. In the end, David and his Red Horse Racing team would come home with a safe 14th place finish.
"My pit crew guys were great all night," commented Starr. "They had me in and out of the pits without any mistakes. I was able to run pretty well on the high side but was getting killed on the bottom. Jamie Jones and the guys on the Red Horse team were able to make the adjustments we needed to get better in the race but we still needed a little more time. There is no doubt that we are disappointed with our finish but at the same time we need to look at the bright side of leaving Daytona with our truck in one piece. We will take the finish and build on it as we head west."
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series heads to the California Speedway for the second of twenty-five races Friday, February 24, 2006. The event will be broadcast live at 9 PM ET on the SPEED Channel, MRN and XM-Satellite and affiliates.