Kentucky: David Starr race notes

STARR CONTINUES STRONG WAYS WITH ANOTHER TOP-10 IN KENTUCKY "Driver And Team Knocking On Door For Second Win Of Season" SPARTA, KENTUCKY (July 10, 2006) - Each week, David Starr and the Red Horse Racing Team get better on an off the race...

STARR CONTINUES STRONG WAYS WITH ANOTHER TOP-10 IN KENTUCKY
"Driver And Team Knocking On Door For Second Win Of Season"

SPARTA, KENTUCKY (July 10, 2006) - Each week, David Starr and the Red Horse Racing Team get better on an off the race track. For a team learning a new driver, Starr says that it's all part of the learning process.

A major part of the learning process for Starr has been Red Horse Racing's 1.5-mile track program, which was the challenge for the team at Kentucky Speedway for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Built Ford Tough 225.

"We struggled on the bigger tracks early in the season, but I really think that we have found something," Starr said. "I've had to learn how to drive the different set-up, but I'm getting more comfortable behind the wheel. I think we've turned the corner on the bigger tracks."

With a solid eighth-place finish at Kentucky Speedway, Starr and the Red Horse Racing Team continue to make progress in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

Starr qualified the No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota in 19th spot. By Lap 5, Starr had moved into 15th place on the race track. But handling issues plagued Starr who was in 20th place when the second caution of the race waved at Lap 19.

"I need help from the center off," Starr said under the caution at Lap 19. The No. 11 truck was snapping loose, Starr said, and he needed some stability to help him pick up spots on the race track.

Starr pitted at Lap 21for fuel and a quick track bar adjustment. Starr returned to the track in 20th-place for the restart at Lap 23.

The adjustments seemed to help Starr as he had moved into 16th-place when the third caution of the night waved at Lap 27. Under the caution flag, Starr told crew chief Jamie Jones that he was having a hard time getting into the corners -- his truck seemed a little tight and difficult to turn.

The Red Horse Racing pit crew elected to bring Starr down pit road at Lap 29 for four tires and fuel. Starr restarted in 21st at Lap 32.

By Lap 47, Starr had picked up a few spots on the race track and sat in 18th-place. Under caution for debris at Lap 49, Starr brought the attention to his pit crew once again. The team made another track bar adjustment and added fuel.

Starr returned to the race track in 17th-place for the restart at Lap 54. Just seven laps later, Starr had moved into the Top 10 in eighth-place.

The trucks raced under a long green flag run beginning at Lap 61. Starr was posted as high as fourth-place, but at Lap 95 problems struck. Starr reported that he had cut a tire down, so the No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota would need to pit under green.

Starr brought his truck down pit road at Lap 96. He pitted for four tires and fuel and returned to the track in 28th-place.

Luckily for Starr, the green flag was displayed until a wreck at Lap 121 which allowed Starr to move back up through the field as most of the other trucks were forced to make a green flag pit stop as well. But the caution still left Starr one lap down, in 11th-place. Only eight trucks were left on the lead lap with less than 25 laps to go in the race.

Another quick caution at Lap 128 for a wreck between the leaders allowed Starr and the No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota to get back on the lead lap. For the restart at Lap 136, Starr was in the 11th-place.

Starr was able to pick up three more spots in his Toyota before the checkered flag fell on the 150-lap event. The No. 11 Red Horse Racing team finished in eighth-place, scoring its sixth top-10 finish of the season.

"We cut down a tire under the green flag and had to pit, which I think set us back a little," Starr said after the race. "Luckily, it ended up not being too bad for us because we had such a long green flag run and just about everyone had to pit. It could have been much worse if the caution would have come out sooner.

"All in all, it was another good run and a solid Top 10 finish for this Red Horse Racing team."

Starr held onto seventh-place in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point's standings -- 301 points behind leader Todd Bodine. Starr is just 64 points out of fifth-place.

Starr and the No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota return to action next Saturday, July 15, at Memphis Motorsports Park. The O'Reilly 200 begins at 9 p.m. ET on SPEED and MRN/XM Satellite Radio.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , David Starr
Teams Red Horse Racing