Starr at the 2011 Coca-Cola 600
October 11, 1967 |
Houston, Texas, U.S.
|Awards||2002 Craftsman Truck Series Most Popular Driver|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career|
|4 races run over 1 year|
|Best finish||63rd (2011)|
|First race||2011 Samsung Mobile 500 (Texas)|
|Last race||2011 AdvoCare 500 (Atlanta)|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|50 races run over 10 years|
|Car no., team||No. 44 (TriStar Motorsports)|
|Best finish||26th (2014)|
|First race||2000 Touchstone Energy 300 (Talladega)|
|Last race||2015 Winn-Dixie 300 (Talladega)|
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career|
|317 races run over 16 years|
|Best finish||4th (2006)|
|First race||1998 Chevy Trucks 150 (Phoenix)|
|Last race||2013 Lucas Oil 150 (Phoenix)|
|First win||2002 Las Vegas 350 (Las Vegas)|
|Last win||2006 Kroger 250 (Martinsville)|
|Statistics current as of May 2, 2015.|
David Starr (born October 11, 1967, in Houston, Texas) is an American stock car racing driver. He currently drives the #44 Zachry Group Toyota Camry for TriStar Motorsports full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
Starr began by being on a neighbor's pit crew at the age of 14. At the age of 16, he started driving in street stock racing, winning the championship at Big H Motor Speedway in his first year racing. Over the next seven years, Starr won a total of 20 late model races. In 1993, he began driving at the Team Texas driving school and eventually becoming a race instructor. During this time, he worked for Donnie Allison as a crew member on his Busch Series team. He joined the Texas International Driving Association in 1996 and became the first rookie to win a race.
Truck Series and Sprint Cup
In 1998, Starr made his Truck Series debut driving the #9 Chevrolet Silverado for Buddy Morrison in five races. His best finish was an eighteenth at his home track at Texas Motor Speedway. The following season, he competed in the Truck Series full-time. Driving primarily for Tagsby Racing, he also competed for Team 23 Racing, Conely Racing, Morgan-Dollar Motorsports, and McGlynn Racing, and was able to finish 22nd in the standings. Sagby closed its doors at the end of the season, leaving Starr without a full-time ride. He drove most of his races for Conely part-time, as well as for Ware Racing Enterprises and TKO Motorsports, his best finish twelfth at Texas, where he also qualified on the outside pole. That season, he made his Busch Series debut at Talladega for Day Enterprises, finishing 42nd. After running one race for TKO at Daytona International Speedway, he ran four races for Team Menard, finishing no lower than seventh.
Starr earned his second full-time ride in 2002, when he joined the #75 Spears Motorsports team. He won his first race at Las Vegas and was named the Series' Most Popular Driver after a fifth place finish. He was tenth in the standings in 2003 when he suffered injuries and was forced to miss four races. He was still able to post thirteen top-tens that season. Starr also attempted to make his Winston Cup Series debut at Texas Motor Speedway, but failed to qualify. He won two races in 2004 and moved up to sixth in points. After a winless 2005, Starr left Spears and was rumored to drive the new Hall of Fame Racing NEXTEL Cup ride, but instead signed with the #11 team fielded by Red Horse Racing. He won his most recent race at Martinsville Speedway and had a career-best fourth place points finish. It was reported that he was replaced at Red Horse by Aaron Fike, but team owner Jeff Hammond has stated that Starr was still under contract with the team and would continue to drive for them if they find sponsorship. He joined Circle Bar Racing for 2007, and drove the #10 MaxxForce Diesel Ford with equipment purchased from ppc Racing to a 10th place points finish with five top-tens. He rejoined Red Horse in 2008 and had eight top-tens. In 2009 Starr joined HT Motorsports in the number 24 Zachry Toyota Starr attempted to make his Sprint Cup debut for BlackJack Racing at Fontana in 2009, but did not qualify., and had fourteen top-ten finishes, his highest total since 2004. For 2010 Starr moved to Randy Moss Motorsports as HT Motorsports closed its doors. Starr had 7 top tens and was in the top 10 in points entering the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 at Chicagoland when the team suspended operations due to financial difficulties. Starr picked up a last-minute ride with SS-Green Light Racing in their #21 Chevrolet, which was intended to start and park at Chicagoland. However, Starr ran the full race and scored a top-10 finish. Starrr eventually took the #81 as well as the Zachry sponsorship with him to SS-Green Light and drove for the team the remainder of the season, scoring a 9th place points finish. Starr returned to the team for the 2011 season, finishing 13th in points. He also competed in a limited number of races in the Sprint Cup Series for Leavine Family Racing in the No. 95, with a best finish of 27th at Bristol Motor Speedway.
For 2012, Starr moved to newly formed Arrington Racing, bringing his sponsor and truck number, the No. 81, with him for the full season. However he was forced to miss races after the midpoint of the season due to a lack of sponsorship.
Motorsports career results
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
Sprint Cup Series
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series results|
|2003||Mike Starr Racing||75||Chevy||DAY||CAR||LVS||ATL||DAR||BRI||TEX
|Boys Will Be Boys Racing||06||CLT
|2011||Leavine Family Racing||95||Ford||DAY||PHO||LVS||BRI||CAL||MAR||TEX
Camping World Truck Series
- David Starr Career Statistics
- "Starr Shooting For First Cup Race". Motor Racing Network. March 27, 2003. Retrieved 2013-09-19.
- FOX Sports on MSN - NASCAR - Hitching sponsor to Starr's wagon; Busch push
- "Starr Named Driver of No. 24 HT Motorsports Toyota". NASCAR.com. Turner Sports. January 27, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-23.
- "Starr To Run For Joey Arrington". National Speed Sport News. February 6, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-06.
- "David Starr No. 81 Arrington Racing Toyota Tundra Ready To Tackle Bristol Challenges". Arrington Racing via Speedway Media. August 21, 2002. Retrieved 2012-08-23.
- "David Starr Set to Return to SS Green Light Racing for 2013". Catchfence.com. February 16, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-21.
- "David Starr: Signs Nationwide Deal with TriStar Motorsports". RotoWire. February 6, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-06.
- TriStar Motorsports and Zachry Group Sign a Multi-Year Deal to Build Presence in NASCAR with David Starr, TriStar Motorsports, Mooresville, North Carolina, February 2, 2015
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Most Popular Driver