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Being a true champion requires far more than just being able to win races. It takes a very special individual – a person who not only has an unbelievable desire to win, but one who also possesses the knowledge and savvy to interface with sponsors and media – a person who cares about the fans and his fellow drivers and truly enjoys the challenges of his chosen sport. David Starr is this type of individual.
Hailing from the Lone Star state, Starr’s love of racing was evident from a very young age. His Dad Jimmy was the crew chief for Tony Bettenhausen Jr., and Ronnie Chumley and Starr used to go hang out at the race track watching his father work. He loved every minute of it and it didn’t take long for him to know that racing was the only career for him.
Starting to make his dream a reality, Starr ran his first race at a local Houston dirt track when he was just 14 years old. Beginning with Street Stock, it didn’t take this determined youngster long to prove his prowess behind the wheel. Earning the track champion title at Big H Speedway in 1983, he continued with his late model career for the next seven years, taking home 20 victories along the way.
In 1996, Starr competed full-time in the Texas International Drivers Association (TIDA) and earned the distinct honor of being the first rookie to win a TIDA race. Showing it was by no means a fluke, Starr went on to also win the Texas Race of Champions at Texas World Speedway and then followed up the next season with three more victories.
In 1998, Starr started to compete in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Running selected races under the Reher-Morrison banner, this outstanding racer showed that he was definitely a force to be reckoned with. And, it wasn’t long before he landed himself a full time ride. Today, running for Arrington Racing, he is one of the top-ranked drivers in the Series.
HOMETOWN: Houston, TX
RESIDENCE: Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas Area
HEIGHT: 5′ 9″
WEIGHT: 175 lbs.
MARITAL STATUS: Married
YEARS IN RACING: 20
FIRST RACE: 1984 Bomber Division (Dirt Car) Golden Triangle Raceway, Beaumont, Texas
FIRST RACE WIN: 1984 Bomber Division, Big H Motor Speedway, Houston, Texas
FAVORITE FOOD: Mexican Food, Subway and Marble Slab Ice Cream
FAVORITE BEVERAGE: Dr. Pepper
FAVORITE COLOR: Red
FAVORITE TYPE OF MUSIC: Country
GREATEST EXTRAVAGANCES: My Esquire Watch and Ice-Tech Sunglasses
MOST TREASURED POSSESSIONS: My Dad’s old racing uniforms, license, articles, etc., from his racing days and years he crewed for Tony Bettenhausen and Ronnie Chumley
TOP NON-RACING ACHIEVEMENTS: Champion Speed Skater, Roller Hockey MVP, several baseball championships
TALENT I WISH I HAD: Engineering
GREATEST INFLUENCES ON MY LIFE: My parents
HOBBIES: Water skiing, hanging out at the lake, working out, tennis, riding four-wheelers and dirt bikes, going to movies and fine dining.
I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT: My cell phone
FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING: You got to keep on keeping on. Let’s go racing.
TO RELAX, I: Soak in a hot tub
FAVORITE CD ARTISTS: Bon Jovi, Vince Gill, Conway Twitty, Elvis Presley and Alabama
MY PRIORITIES ARE: My family, my wife, racing
KIDS ARE IMPORTANT BECAUSE: They are the future of our country. They are innocent and beautiful
MY FRIENDS SAY I AM: The eternal optimist and very positive
BEST CHARACTERISTIC: Enjoying life and people and caring about others
WORST CHARACTERISTIC: Hate to lose
HEROES: A.J. Foyt, Richard Petty, My Mom and Dad
BEST ADVICE FROM PARENTS: Never Quit