David Starr's 2011 Plans
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By Dominic Aragon
What started off as a sponsorship deal for the team he drove
for this past season in the Nationwide Series, ended up turning into a Sprint
Cup operation. When they head to Texas this spring, David Starr and Leavine
Fenton Racing will try to make their Sprint Cup debut.
Started by Lance Fenton and Bob Leavine, the team is scheduled
to attempt six races. With Wally Rogers as crew chief, the team will be based
out of Concord, North Carolina.
“We’re going to do some testing before the first race,” said
an excited David Starr over the phone. “We’re looking forward to the challenge
we have ahead of us. I’ve been competing in the Truck Series for 14 years, and
I have always dreamed of the opportunity that I’m getting here in 2011.”
Despite trying for four Cup races, including three attempts
in 2009, this is the only series Starr has never raced in for the three
National touring series. Starr has raced 16 races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series
since 2000, and he has won four times in the Camping World Truck Series.
“[People might ask], why only six races? The money you would use to run the other races is being used to buy the best equipment and build the shop. Our goal is to make every race, and to race as hard as we can. ” Starr says they plan on running six races; both Charlotte races, both Texas races, Chicagoland, and Kentucky, respectively, with the possibility of adding Indianapolis.
“Bob [Leavine] has lined out some sponsors for the car. But whether
he gets a sponsor or not, we’re going to run six races.” When the possibility
of starting and parking was brought up, Starr said that it will not happen. “We
talked about that … that’s something I have never done before, and I don’t want
to start doing that. We’re going to stay away from that.”
Since he has made every truck race since mid-2003, Starr
also plans on running a full-time Truck campaign along with the Cup deal. As
for running some Nationwide races this upcoming season, that’s up in the air
“[Wayne Day and I are] talking and we’re maybe going to Daytona in the #05. We’re working on sponsorship. Right now, I think we’re going to run Daytona and we’ll see how it all plays out, but it depends on sponsorship.”
David Starr waving to the crowd.
Starr's 2010 Nationwide car.
Using the draft at Daytona, and getting
drafting help from Johnny Sauter.