Martinsville: David Starr preview

David Starr Comments on the Martinsville 2004 Race "My Chevy Silverado was awesome last year in Martinsville. We qualified 8th for the race and was running in the top 3 when a caution came out. We tried a different strategy in the pits. ...

David Starr Comments on the Martinsville 2004 Race

"My Chevy Silverado was awesome last year in Martinsville. We qualified 8th for the race and was running in the top 3 when a caution came out. We tried a different strategy in the pits. Dennis Setzer, Mike Skinner and I pitted off sequence then the other trucks. When we all went back on the track my Silverado truck was awesome - we were just running laps catching up when the brake line broke going into turn 3. Skinner is a good friend of mine and he was right in front of me. I went to slow the truck down and the petal went all the way to the floor. I tried to spin it out - I couldn't get it to spin and I took him and I both out. It was a bad deal because Mike had a good truck and we had great one as well. We were disappointed but are looking forward to going back to Martinsville and putting the Spears Manufacturing Silverado in Victory Lane."

David Starr Comments on Short Track Racing

"We had a really good test there last week. I love Martinsville, it's a lot of fun to race on that track. It's extremely competitive but I like it because it takes you back to where you started. Everyone starts on the short tracks whether its short tracks on dirt or short tracks on pavement. In the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series we have moved away from all the short tracks and are racing at more super speedways. I think we run 3 races on short tracks - Martinsville twice and Mansfield in May. I love racing at the short tracks like Martinsville or Mansfield. It's fun, beating, banging and trading paint - I like that."

David Starr Comments on the Top-30 Rule

"When things like the top-30 rule come in to play and NASCAR makes changes - I always look back to how it would have affected me if I was in the same shoes five or so years ago. I really have mixed emotions on it because the equipment I was driving at the time wasn't A-rated equipment. We struggled but we were making the races. If they would have implemented that top-30 rule 5 or 6 years ago I might not be in the position I am today. I think it hurts some of the new guys coming in. It has its good and its bad, just like any new rule. In the end, NASCAR always does what is best for the sport. I've been on the extreme - I've been on the very low end of the Craftsman Truck Series and thankfully today I can say I'm blessed to have the right truck with one of the top teams in the series."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner , David Starr , Dennis Setzer