Starr Doesn't Get Desired Result At Home Track "Texas Native Fights Handling Issues" FORT WORTH, TEXAS (November 6, 2006) - For David Starr, Texas Motor Speedway is the track that he dreams of conquering. He wants nothing more than to win in...
Starr Doesn't Get Desired Result At Home Track
"Texas Native Fights Handling Issues"
FORT WORTH, TEXAS (November 6, 2006) - For David Starr, Texas Motor Speedway is the track that he dreams of conquering. He wants nothing more than to win in front of his family and hometown crowd. But his luck has not been good at Texas, and he has often finished in the middle of the pack instead of at the front of the field.
That was once again the story of the night for Starr in the Silverado 350K. Starting 27th, Starr could never really get his No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota to the front of the pack and was relegated to a 16th place finish at the track where he desperately wants to be crowned champion.
"It was a disappointing run for us," Starr said. "We are a much better team than what we showed on the race track today. I'm not really sure what happened -- we just couldn't get our Toyota to run the way we are capable of running.
"We have two more races, and we want to finish on a high note, so we've got our work cut out for us the next two weeks."
Starr found himself taking the green flag near the back of the field for the Silverado 350K. After qualifying in 27th place, Starr had his work cut out for him if he wanted to get a solid finish in front of his hometown crowd.
At the drop of the green flag, Starr began working his way through the field. By Lap five, Starr had gained two quick positions. Just 10 laps later, Starr had gained another spot -- moving up to 24th.
Starr reported to his team that the No. 11 was loose getting in to the corner and tight off the corner. With handling being a key element to getting around the race track at Texas, Starr began losing ground on the track with his problems.
By Lap 34, Starr had fallen back to 25th position and was one lap down to the leaders.
Just 10 laps later, the caution flag waved and Starr was able to get some help for the No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota. Starr told his crew chief that he "needed help getting in to the corner." Starr said that he was "tight off the corner, but he would break loose if he put the wheel to it."
Starr pitted with the other lap down trucks for four tires, fuel, an air pressure adjustment and a track bar adjustment. Starr returned to the track in 24th place for the green flag.
Starr worked to stay the first truck one lap down in hopes of getting his lap back. When the caution waved at Lap 61 -- Starr was able to do just that. He was the "Lucky Dog," and he returned to the lead lap.
Starr brought the truck to the attention of his pit crew once again telling them that he was still having problems getting into the turns, but it was better than it had been. The truck was twitching in the center though.
The Red Horse Racing team made another track bar adjustment and added fuel before returning Starr to the race track -- now in 23rd place and back on the lead lap.
Starr began picking up ground when racing resumed at Lap 67. Although Starr gained two spots and moved to 21st place, he found himself down a lap to the leaders again by Lap 88.
But again, Starr was able to get the Lucky Dog and get back on the lead lap when the caution waved at Lap 92. Although Starr's entry into the corner had gotten better, Starr told the crew that he still needed to be tighter.
Starr pitted for four tires, fuel and another track bar adjustment. He returned to the track for the green flag at Lap 100 back on the lead lap and in 20th place.
Although Starr was still fighting handling problems and a truck that was too loose for his liking, he told his crew that he would work with it to get the best finish he could in the 147-lap event. Starr was able to pick up four more spots, finishing in 16th place.
"We just couldn't get a handle on the truck today," Starr said. "I'm not sure what our problem was, but I think we're all disappointed with our trip to Texas. We want to finish this season with a top-five points finish, and we have to have better runs than this."
With two races remaining in the season, Starr fell one spot in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship point's standings to seventh place, 347 points behind leader Todd Bodine. He is just 11 points out of fifth place.
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series returns to action on Friday, Nov. 10 at Phoenix International Raceway for the Casino Arizona 150. The green flag waves at 8:15 p.m. ET.