It’s hard to believe there are only three more races until the end of the season. We haven’t won a race yet, but we have made it into the top 10 in points which is a big accomplishment for our team. We are now ninth in points, and I have to say I am surprised. We haven’t had the season I had hoped we’d have, because it’s been a very competitive series once again. I’m definitely disappointed in our results because I know we are better than that, we just haven’t had the finishes that we are capable of.
It’s another off-weekend for the Craftsman Truck Series, but that doesn’t mean I’m lounging around the house. Aside from the business of NASCAR racing, I keep myself extremely busy with David Starr Racing – my show car/simulator promotional company. We work with companies like Coca-Cola and Dr. Pepper, and they use our real NASCAR Nextel Cup racecars for displays in front of Wal-Mart stores to promote their products and we also supply them with racecar simulators. We take simulators to different Wal-Marts every weekend, the kind where you get in, the seat moves left to right, and you have a big computer screen in front of you where your racing other cars. It’s a neat experience.
Last week was the first race for NASCAR on the new Bristol surface. I have to say, it was really fun. We had our Ford F150 running really good in practice, but we got loose when we qualified. I went out second and I wish I could have went out later, after I figured out you had to move up a little bit to go faster. In the race we had a great truck and we were coming forward before I got bumped and lost six or seven spots. I used my truck up trying to get some of those spots back, and by the time the caution came out we had already earned about four or five positions. We pitted for tires and again I started making my way back up to the front, but a right-front flat pretty much killed us.
We are more than half way through the 2007 season, and in a little over two weeks we go to Bristol Motor Speedway! Recently we took our International MaxxForce Diesel Ford F-150 to test the “new” Bristol track. It’s always cool to go to there because it’s just an awesome facility and there is so much excitement and history at the track. Going there last week and testing was exciting because of the new surface. It was a great test, but the track was very “green,” meaning there was no rubber on it. All in all, it was good for my team to be able to really work together and try new stuff. We learned a lot and I’m looking forward to going back there for the race.
After struggling through growing pains for the first several races so far this season, I finally feel like we are making huge gains. You want to be competitive right off the bat, but the Craftsman Truck Series is so tough that it makes it hard for a new team like the International MaxxForce Diesel team. …
Before I reflect on this past season and talk about the coming season, I want to say that racing very recently lost a true champion. While this has been one of the most exciting and happiest days of my racing career, I also have to say that it’s a sad day, too, because of Bobby …
Contrary to reports on SceneDaily and other internet sites, at this time David Starr is still employed by Red Horse Racing and has not been released from the team. The Craftsman Truck Series team, which is co-owned by Jeff Hammond and Tom DeLoach, is currently searching for sponsorship for Starr and their team.
Jack Sprague finally got the proverbial monkey off his back Saturday afternoon in the Kroger 200 at Martinsville. In his 13th career start, he finally took a checkered flag at a track that’s given him more than his share of bad luck through the years.