Over a month has passed since the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series raced at the Daytona International Speedway. For veteran David Starr this weekend’s Kroger 250 at Martinsville could not come soon enough to erase the memories of a mechanical failure that dropped the No. 81 Toyota Tundra to a 31st place finish.
“I’m so excited to get back to racing I just can’t stand it,” explained an enthusiastic Starr. “It seems like forever since Daytona, I know it’s only been about 5 or 6 weeks but to be away from the track that long is really hard to do. It’s especially hard when we had mechanical troubles at Daytona and you just want to get back to the track and put that all bad luck behind you.”
Martinsville is a special place for Starr who scored his last victory in the NCWTS at the paperclip-shaped short track back in 2006. Adding to the excitement of the weekend is that David will be re-united with old-friend and longtime crew chief Jason Miller at Martinsville. “I’m excited to work with Jason Miller this weekend. He is a great crew chief; he is knowledgeable on the set-up for our Steely Lumber Toyota. He’s smart and makes great calls on the box. We have had success together in the past and can’t wait to work with him again.”
“I’d also like to thank Bryan Berry for everything he has done for this team, Bryan took a reduced schedule to spend more time with his family and we wish him the best.”
Supporting Starr’s Toyota this weekend will be the Steely Lumber Company of Huntsville, Texas. Family-owned Steely Lumber has been in business since 1896. Specializing in yellow pine decking, Steely Lumber is among the largest and most efficient in the South producing more than 40,000,000 board feet of dimension lumber annually.
“I’m really excited to have Steely Lumber on the hood of our SS Green Light Racing Toyota.” David said. “Steely Lumber is a great company that makes great products and Kelvin Steely and his crew are all huge race fans. I’m looking forward to representing Steely Lumber and having them as our guests at Martinsville.”
The Kroger 250 is the 294th consecutive NCWTS start for the SS Green Light Racing team and the 308th career start for Starr in the Truck Series. David has 4 victories, 47 top-five and 106 top-ten finishes over the previous fifteen Truck Series seasons.
“Martinsville is what it’s all about for the drivers, it takes us back to where we started. It just doesn’t get any better for me than returning to our short track roots. Anything is possible at Martinsville, things happen fast and pit strategy can play a big part in the outcome. The key is to get your truck to rotate good in the center and you get the horsepower to the ground you can run very strong there. I’m glad to be back behind the seat of our Steely Lumber Toyota and ready to give them a strong finish.”
Greg’s Core Supply of Woodlawn, VA will provide associate sponsorship for Starr’s Toyota in the Kroger 250.
There are 40 entries for the Kroger 250 will prelude the NASCAR Sprint Cup STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Grant Galloway will pilot the North Central Indiana Teen Challenge No. 07 Toyota on Saturday afternoon.
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