Friday night just one team and driver will celebrate the winning of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship; for dozens of other teams and drivers the race signifies the end to a long season of hard work trying to reach the podium at the annual banquet. David Starr and the SS Green Light Racing team have worked to position themselves for success in 2011, but a few bad breaks through the 25-week season has left the team just short of their goals.
Despite the setbacks that have dropped Starr back to thirteenth in the 2011 NCWTS standings, the SS Green Light team has not given up and is ready to head to the season finale at the Homestead-Miami Speedway with the goal of finishing up front with the Zachry Toyota.
“It’s been a challenging year for sure; we’ve had a lot of bad luck especially the second half of the year,” said Starr. “We’ve had some good race trucks, some fast trucks but we have this monkey on our back and we just couldn’t shake it loose and get some good finishes at the end of the season.”
Zachry will return to the hood of the black and green No. 81 Toyota for the season finale and will be joined by the NCCER Build Your Future Campaign.
“While I’m disappointed with not being in the top-ten in the standings, I am very thankful for all of our partners who supported myself and this race team all year long,” David continued. “We’re really proud to have Zachry, NCCER Build Your Future Campaign, Allegro, Advocare, Akzo Nobel and ASI Limited support us and stand behind us through this season.”
“This is a really good race team, the guys work very hard and they never give up. We had some bad luck, but it really has been a good year and we learned a lot. I think this team has gone through some growing pains but they improved and worked together all year long.”
David has nine NCWTS starts at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. He has two top-fives and six top-tens just missing another with an eleventh place run in the season ending race last year in the Zachry Toyota. He has with an average start of 19.7 and an impressive average finish of 8.7 at the mile and a half oval just south of Miami, FL.
“This week we have nothing to loose. There is no pressure on us, so we’re going to go out and try to win the race and if we can’t do that we’re going to try for second or third, a top-five. We’ll get the best finish we can in our Zachry Tundra. We need to finish strong and then take a little break, enjoy the holiday, recharge ourselves and prepare for 2012.”
The Ford 200 is the 270th consecutive NCWTS start for the SS Green Light Racing team and the 290th career start for Starr in the Truck Series. David has four victories, 47 top-fives and 115 top-tens through his 14-year career including two top-fives and eight top-tens so far in 2011.
There are 42 trucks on the preliminary entry list for the Ford 200.
The Ford 200 is a one-day show for the NCWTS with practice Friday, November 18th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. and qualifying at 4:30 p.m. The green flag will fall on the season finale at 8:00 pm. It will be shown live on SPEED TV. It will also be broadcast live via radio worldwide on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and also Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. All times Eastern.
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