This month's hurricane disasters are hitting close to home for one NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver. David Starr, winner of the 2002 Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, is a native of Houston, Texas.

Although Starr is looking forward to this Saturday's Las Vegas 350 at LVMS, his thoughts also are on his family in the Lone Star State.

"We have all seen what Hurricane Katrina did to the Gulf Coast states of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana," said Starr. "My family is still in Houston. They are trying to get everything braced down and get out of the way. My mom and dad were going to come out here to the race this weekend. My mom is excited about getting to Vegas but my dad is more worried about our business getting blown away."

Starr remains focused on Saturday's race and is excited to be back in Las Vegas.

"It's great to be here at Las Vegas Motor Speedway," said Starr. "We love coming here because there is plenty of room on the race track. We won the race in 2002 and that was awesome. It was my first win in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. The truck series is kind of like the Nextel Cup these days. It's a very competitive series these days with a number of former Cup drivers. Any driver in the series has a chance to win the race each weekend."

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Todd Bodine has had his share of success at LVMS: hewon the 2001 NASCAR Busch Series Sam's Town 300 and captured the Bud Pole Award for the 2002 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400.

"Last year's race was a great one," said Bodine. "I love Las Vegas and I love the race track. I have been fortunate enough to always run really well here. I have a win in the Busch Series and a pole in the Cup series here. It's gonna be a great race."

Tickets are still available for the unique doubleheader comprised of the Las Vegas 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event, followed by the Champ Car World Series Hurricane Relief 400. Tickets may be purchased by calling the LVMS ticket office at (702) 644-4444 or online at www.lvms.com.