Starr at Road America in 2015
October 11, 1967|
|Awards||2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Most Popular Driver|
|Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career|
|8 races run over 2 years|
|Car no., team||
No. 51 (Rick Ware Racing)|
No. 97 (Obaika Racing)
|Best finish||59th (2017)|
|First race||2011 Samsung Mobile 500 (Texas)|
|Last race||2018 Brickyard 400 (Indianapolis)|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|159 races run over 13 years|
|Car no., team||No. 52 (Jimmy Means Racing)|
|Best finish||16th (2015)|
|First race||2000 Touchstone Energy 300 (Talladega)|
|Last race||2018 Bar Harbor 200 (Dover)|
|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 October 13, 2018.|
David Starr (born October 11, 1967) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 52 Chevrolet Camaro for Jimmy Means Racing and part-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 51 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Rick Ware Racing and the No. 97 Toyota Camry for Obaika Racing.
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.
In 1998, Starr made his Truck Series debut driving the No. 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 No. 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 No. 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 No. 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 Camry 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 No. 21 Chevrolet, which was intended to start and park at Chicagoland. However, Starr ran the full race and scored a top-10 finish. Starr eventually took the No. 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. In his 4 starts out of 8 attempts, his best finish of 27th was 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.
In 2015, Starr took over the No. 44 Zachry Toyota full-time. Starr finished a career best finish 6th in the season opener at Daytona. Before the Richmond race, Starr was sick and couldn't race, being replaced by J. J. Yeley. With Yeley finishing 13th at Richmond, he eventually replaced Starr full-time in the No. 44.
On June 24, 2016, after his release from the No. 44 it was announced that Starr joined RSS Racing to drive the No. 93 Massimo Motors Chevrolet Camaro for the reminder of the 2015 season. Starr finished 27th in his debut with RSS Racing at Daytona, after being involved in a late crash.
In 2017, Starr left RSS to return once again to SS-Green Light Racing to run the No. 99 Striping Technology Chevrolet, with points from B. J. McLeod. Starr ended up getting his first career Xfinity Series top-5 in the July race at Daytona, a race he wasn't even supposed to run. SS-Green Light had planned on having Korbin Forrister drive, but when he became ill, Starr returned to the ride, and went on to finish off the full season in the No. 99. In November, Starr made his return to the Cup Series at the 2017 AAA Texas 500, in which he drove the No. 66 Chevrolet for MBM Motorsports.
In 2018, Starr joined Jimmy Means Racing for a full season replacing Joey Gase. In the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, he drove the Rick Ware Racing No. 51 car at the 2018 Brickyard 400, finishing 39th in the race. Starr is scheduled to drive the No. 97 Toyota Camry in Obaika Racing's Cup debut at the 2018 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega.
Motorsports career results
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
Monster Energy Cup Series
Camping World Truck Series
* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points
- David Starr Career Statistics
- Wilson, Steven B. (October 11, 2018). "David Starr Will Drive for Obaika Racing at Talladega Superspeedway". Speedway Digest. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
- "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 Archived 2007-01-26 at the Wayback Machine.
- "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 Archived 2015-02-04 at the Wayback Machine., TriStar Motorsports, Mooresville, North Carolina, February 2, 2015
- "TriStar Motorsports Announces Driver Change". TriStar Motorsports. April 27, 2016. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
- Spencer, Lee (July 3, 2017). "The feel-good story from Daytona no one is talking about". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
- "David Starr pulling double-duty in Texas". ESPN. October 31, 2017. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
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