Dover: David Starr preview

David Starr, the only driver to score a top-10 finish in each of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races this season, has a streak of nine top-10's starting in 2001. Dover, Del. (May 29, 2002) -- David Starr, driver of the No. 75 ...

David Starr, the only driver to score a top-10 finish in each of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races this season, has a streak of nine top-10's starting in 2001.

Dover, Del. (May 29, 2002) -- David Starr, driver of the No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Chevrolet, has received many accolades for being the lone driver in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series to record a top-10 finish in each of the five races this season.

To date, Starr's best finish this year is fifth, a feat he accomplished at Gateway International Raceway and equaled at Pikes Peak International Raceway. His worst finish this year is the eighth recorded at Martinsville Speedway after a late-race accident with a lapped truck placed him near the back of the pack for a sprint to the finish.

And while five consecutive top-10 finishes is a remarkable statistic, Starr's string actually numbers nine in a row going back to last season.

"That's pretty cool," Starr commented on the streak. "I ran so many races without a top-10, and now to have nine in a row is quite an accomplishment. I didn't even realize that it had been so many in a row. After struggling for so many years, it's fun to race at the front of the field and have some good finishes."

Starr began racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 1998 and failed to crack the top-10 during his first 43 starts. Since then, he has had nothing but big money finishes. Though he ran just five races in 2001, in the last four Starr recorded three top-5's and four top-10's, including a career-best third at the June Texas Motor Speedway event.

This type of consistency is why Starr currently sits second in the point championship, just a single point behind leader Mike Bliss.

"The goal of the Spears Manufacturing team is to win races," explained Starr. "So far we have been competitive in each race this season, but haven't gotten to victory lane yet. The big picture, however, is the point championship and so far we've done really well in that regard."

Coincidentally, Starr has also finished higher in each race this season than his starting position. Averaging the five races in 2002, Starr has started 13th and finished in sixth, a gain of seven positions.

The next opportunity for Starr to continue his streak is the the MBNA America 200 contested at Dover (Del.) Downs International Speedway. The green flag flies at 3:30 p.m. EDT, with live coverage on ESPN and MRN radio.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers David Starr , Mike Bliss