FONTANA, California -- Filled with confidence and determination, David Starr and the Spears Motorsports crew have high hopes for the American Racing Wheels 200, Round 20 of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at California Speedway, Saturday, October 2.
"For the past three years, a Dodge has earned the Number 1 position at this track," says Starr. "They've had their turn. It's time to put a Chevy Silverado in that spot and if I have my way, it will be our No. 75 Spears Chevy that earns the glory."
With one win already to his credit (St. Louis), there is no doubt that Starr is capable of doing just what he intends. Extremely familiar with the 2-mile super speedway oval, Starr earned a top five finish last year and took the Pole in 2002. "I really enjoy running at this track," says Starr. "It is fast, smooth and offers plenty of room to race. We weren't overly pleased with our 10th place finish in Las Vegas last weekend. And, I figure California is a great place to make it up. Plus, Southern California is the headquarters for Spears Manufacturing and nothing would give me greater pleasure that to be able to take the win for Wayne and Connie Spears."
Currently ranked in 9th place in the overall point standings, Starr has every intention of moving up into the top five before the season ends. "We got off to a slow start," says the Texas native. "But we finally got the proverbial 'monkey' off our back and have been doing pretty well. However, just doing well doesn't by any means satisfy me or anyone on the Spears crew, especially my crew chief Dave McCarty. We want to win and that is what we try to do at each and every race."
With 19 rounds complete, there have been 10 different winners in the year's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. "And there are a lot more guys out there fully capable of winning," continues Starr. "You really can't believe the competition. It is unbelievable this season. To do well at California Speedway you need a good aero package, really good horsepower, good downforce and a good handling truck. We know we have all that with our Spears Chevy Silverado so all we need is a little bit of luck and we will be good to go."
Qualifying for the American Racing Wheels 200 takes place on Friday, October 1 at 3:15 PM (PT) and race action gets underway on Saturday, October 2 at 7:00 PM (PT). Be sure and check out live qualifying on Truckseries.com and if you can't be there in person, be sure and check out the live race action on SPEED TV.