David Starr Takes 12th at Season Opener Daytona Beach, Fla....Digging all the way, top-ranked NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver David Starr piloted his No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Chevy Silverado to a 12th place finish at the season opener...
David Starr Takes 12th at Season Opener
Daytona Beach, Fla....Digging all the way, top-ranked NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver David Starr piloted his No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Chevy Silverado to a 12th place finish at the season opener at Daytona International Speedway.
"What a race," said Starr at the end of the 100 Lap Florida Dodge Dealers 250. "It was more like a demolition derby than a race. In fact, everything considered, finishing 12th was pretty much like a gift. It sure could have been a lot worse."
Despite qualifying in 23rd, Starr felt that they had a good chance of earning a top finish. "We struggled right through qualifying," he explained. "But by the time Happy Hour was over, we were running 7th and definitely felt that our Chevy Silverado was up to the job."
Powering off the Startline, Starr immediately began to carve his way through the field. "We were running good," he continued. "Then suddenly one of the trucks in front of me wrecked and I got tagged. "It was like every Friday the 13th prediction I had ever heard was coming true. I knew the damage was pretty bad and our aero package was completely messed up. However I was able to get back to the pits and the Spears Motorsports crew went to work. They are really awesome. I can't say enough good things about my guys. They were not about to give up."
Pulling back on the track, Starr once again began to mount a charge to the front. "Things still weren't right and our truck was a handful, but then Lady Luck gave a bit of a smile and the cautions began to work in our favor. Each time the Yellow came out, I dove into the pits and the crew made every possible adjustment. We were incredibly tight. Air was getting underneath the truck and we had no front grip and no downforce.
When the big wreck happened about mid-way through the race, I lucked out and was able to weave my way through with no additional damage."
Running as high a fifth, Starr kept digging. "I thought we could get a top 10," he said, but I didn't have anyone to work with me and we had to settle for 12th. But, heck this is a lot better than last year when our day ended on the second lap. We got some good points and we'll be ready to move up the ladder when we get to the next race in Atlanta. There are a lot of races left and we want to put the Spears Manufacturing Chevy in the No. 1 Spot this season. If you look back to 2002, Mike Bliss finished 33rd at Daytona and went on to win the Championship. We're way ahead of that and we're hungry for this year's title."