Starr of last year¿s show looking to repeat in this year¿s

Las Vegas 350


David Starr left last year¿s Las Vegas 350 with a $43,200 winner¿s check and a big trophy. He probably felt like he had hit Megabucks.

In the 66th start of Starr¿s career in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, the native of Houston held off eventual series champion Mike Bliss and posted the only win of his Truck racing career. It was also the first victory for his owners, Wayne and Connie Spears and the Spears Manufacturing Race Team.

"I worked my whole life from the dirt tracks to the little asphalt tracks to get with a team like Wayne and Connie Spears put together," Starr said. "They gave me the opportunity to make my dreams come true, and winning that race in Las Vegas was the best way I could ever repay them. I have won at Las Vegas in Winston West and the Trucks. It¿s hard to describe just how much that win last year meant to me."

The 35-year old Texan hasn¿t found a lot of prosperity since that win. He has recorded just two top-five finishes and was forced to miss four races after breaking his shoulder blade during a test session at the Milwaukee Mile.

On Saturday, Sept. 27, Starr and his team will be looking to get back to the winner¿s circle and build some momentum for 2004 in the Las Vegas 350.

"We wrecked on the third lap at Daytona and then I got hurt at a test session and we never could get any momentum," Starr said. "We have been looking forward all year to getting back to Las Vegas and defending our title there. The excitement in the city and the first-class speedway is just phenomenal. This is one of the races that everyone is already talking about even though we still have New Hampshire and California."

This year¿s Las Vegas 350 will be a one-day show. Qualifying is set for noon, a driver autograph session for the fans will take place at 4:30 p.m. behind the main grandstands and the race will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are available by visiting the box office, calling 1-800-644-4444 or logging on to .