Starr Shooting For First Cup Race

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David Starr, a regular in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is going to attempt to qualify for his very first Winston Cup race this weekend in front of his home crowd at Texas Motor Speedway.

Although he is new to the Winston Cup Series, he has over 10,000 laps at the one and a half mile oval making it an ideal place to begin his Winston Cup career. In addition the laps he has accumulated in races and as an instructor at Team Texas High Performance Driving School, Starr can also boast four top-five finishes in the last four NCTS events at his home track.

Starr's success in the truck series has given him opportunities to attempt Winston Cup races in the past but he has chosen to wait for the right time and the ideal situation.

Why did you decide to attempt to make your Winston Cup debut this weekend in the Samsung/Radio Shack 500?

"It's always been a dream of mine ever since I was a little boy to race in the Winston Cup Series. My uncle Mike approached me about doing the Winston Cup race here last year but I was so busy racing the trucks that we didn't do it. He approached me about doing it earlier this year and he said he would spare no expense and we would do it right. He said he would get me a good car and get me a good pit crew if I would drive for him. We decided to do it and we were able to test for two days. I think this year, having tested and having had time to get it ready, at least the preparation of the car will be right.

"Basically though, it's just been a dream of mine to do it, it's at my home track, Texas Motor Speedway, it'll be good experience for me and it's an off week for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series."

How do you feel about your test session?

"I've been watching these guys race since I was a little kid and then watching them go to the same race tracks we race in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, seeing their times and how fast they go into the corners, I always wonder in the back of my mind 'I wonder if I could drive a Winston Cup car?'

"I got to answer that question last week when we tested because I ran just as fast as those other guys did. I understand why they run so much faster with the added horsepower and the down force. I can see why they are so fast and run so deep into the corners. After the test session, I felt a lot more comfortable in the car and I think we'll have a good shot at qualifying in the top-25 and hopefully have a decent finish in the race."

You have finished in the top five the last four times you've race at TMS, do you feel that your success at there in the Craftsman Truck Series gives you added confidence about this weekend or is it a totally different ballgame?

"It's a totally different ballgame but having a lot of laps there and having success in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series takes a lack of experience at the track out of the equation for my first time in a Winston Cup car. It helps me get acclimated to a car faster. I know how to get around the speedway, so all I had to worry about was not having driven a Winston Cup car before. After the test and being able to make qualifying runs, I feel comfortable in the Winston Cup car.

"Rusty Wallace, Kevin Harvick, Dale Jarrett and Terry Labonte were some of the people here testing with us and I was as fast as and even faster than some of them. I feel that by knowing the track the way I do, having a decent car and having a Richard Childress Engine under the hood, I have a good enough shot at making the race as anybody."

What are your expectations going into this race?

"My expectations are to qualify for the Samsung/Radio Shack 500 and if we make the race, I want to stay and the lead lap, race respectably and run all the laps. Hopefully if we do that, we'll have a top-twenty finish."

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