DAVID STARR , No. 24 Zachry Toyota Tundra, HT Motorsports Finishing Position: 3rd How encouraging is this finish for your team? "Our Toyota Tundra, all the people at TRD (Toyota Racing Development), they're engineering staff and being able to...
, No. 24 Zachry Toyota Tundra, HT Motorsports
Finishing Position: 3rd
How encouraging is this finish for your team?
"Our Toyota Tundra, all the people at TRD (Toyota Racing Development), they're engineering staff and being able to use their pull-down machines and engineering stuff they give us -- it's incredible. It's just a testament to Toyota. I have to say, Jim Harris and this HT Motorsports team, week in and week out we have a fast Toyota Tundra. This seems like we can't catch a break. Last week we had a bad break at Milwaukee. We had a great truck. The weeks before then, they just didn't fall our way. We had a great truck. We had to pull a spring rubber out of the left rear because our truck wouldn't rotate that good. It was a little tight in the center. That took a little bit of time -- we lost about 12 spots on pit road. We got back on the race track and passed six or seven people. The (engine) temperature was 260 degrees! The caution came back out and we had to come back in and take tape off it. We had to go back to the back again. We got back on the race track and didn't pass them as fast as the next time. The caution came back out and my crew chief said we had to pit for fuel. I said, 'Are you sure?' I was tired of going to the back. We came in. I kind of questioned my crew chief there and I apologized to him right before we pitted. I was just frustrated because we had to keep going to the back. It ended up being a really great call because we had a great truck. It was fun racing with Brian (Scott). I think we were both trying to save some fuel. I would get close to him and try to get a little bit more and I'd end up messing up. It was a great race. We had a good race going on when I could get to him. (Ron) Hornaday was just the class of the field. Congratulations to him. It was a great day for everybody. You can't thank the fans enough. I looked up in the stands and saw how many people were here and I was really proud to be part of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series because it was pretty hot today. We did our job, we worked hard, but I think they're the ones that need to get all the credit because they did a great job and we appreciate their support."
Did you think you had a shot at the win on the final restart?
"I tried to get a good restart. I didn't have enough of my front end underneath Brian (Scott). It's tough trucks, tough drivers and a tough series. It's tough on the race driver racing side-by-side, beating and banging, trading a little paint. When you go in there and blatantly knock you out of the way, they'll definitely pay you back down the road. When you do something like that, you might take yourself out too. We race hard, that's what this series is about, but when you blatantly take someone out, I don't think that's what this series is about. I just didn't have enough to get my nose up in there. I could've stayed in there and taken him out, but what's the point? We're good friends and we drive for the same manufacturer and I might've taken myself out. That ain't racing. If I couldn't pass him hard or clean, I wasn't going to get the pass done. He was a little bit better than me anyways. Like (Brian Scott) said, I got in there a little hot. You try to get a little extra, and when you do that, you put yourself in a spot to lose a spot. Just trying to drive as hard as I could and get all I could without taking somebody out. It was a hard-fought race, but a clean race."
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