NASCAR: David Starr signs 3-year deal for Xfinity ride with TriStar

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Veteran NASCAR driver David Starr competed part-time with TriStar Motorsports last year in the Xfinity Series.

Now, he’ll compete with them full-time for the next three seasons as part of a new deal announced today by the team.

Zachry Group will serve as primary sponsor for Starr and his No. 44 Toyota Camry, which will have Greg Conner as crew chief.

“We are looking forward to having David back behind the wheel of one of TriStar Motorsports Toyota Camrys in 2015,” said team owner Mark Smith in a release.“David will be an instrumental part in the continued growth of our team.”

Starr ran 13 Xfinity races last year for TriStar with a top finish of ninth at Talladega. Many of those races saw him drive the same No. 44 car that he’ll now be in every weekend.

Known primarily for his long career in the Camping World Truck Series (where he’s won four races in 317 starts), Starr has never ran a full Xfinity schedule.

The 14 Xfinity events he ran overall in 2014 were the most that he’s done in a single year. Altogether, he’s made 41 starts in NASCAR’s No. 2 national series.

“Words cannot express how excited I am to partner up with Zachry Group for the next three seasons in the NASCAR Xfinity Series,” Starr said in a statement. “It will be an honor and privilege to represent a company with such integrity and commitment to their customers, employees and communities where we work.”

Starr will be teammates with Cale Conley, Blake Koch, and Mike Bliss. Conley joined TriStar last December, while Koch and Bliss were both confirmed to return earlier this month.

Eddie Pardue will be Conley’s crew chief on the No. 14 team. Bruce Cook has the same role for Koch and the No. 8 team, and Paul Clapprood will continue to work with Bliss on the No. 19 team.

Supercross reveals 2023 Daytona track designed by Ricky Carmichael for 16th time

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For the 16th consecutive year, Ricky Carmichael has designed a signature course for the Daytona Supercross race, which will be March 4, 2023.

Eli Tomac took advantage of a last lap mistake by Cooper Webb last year to win a record setting sixth Daytona race – and with that win, he broke out of a tie Carmichael.

Construction on the course will begin two days after the completion of the 65th running of NASCAR’s Daytona 500 when haulers start to unload 7,200 tons of dirt onto the grassy infield in order to create a course 3,300 feet long.

“Ricky has designed yet another incredible course for this year’s Daytona Supercross,” said Daytona International Speedway President Frank Kelleher in a press release. “We’re thrilled to unveil it to the fans, and we can’t wait for them to come out to the track and see it in person.”

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Carmichael’s Daytona course will take center stage for Round 8 of the 17-race Supercross season and the 31-race SuperMotocross season.

The Supercross race coincides with Daytona’s Bike Week, which runs from March 3-12 and includes races from the American Flat Track series and the legendary Daytona 200 speedway race that is contested on the infield road course.

Last year’s course was reported to have 57 obstacles including the return of an over-under bridge. For 2023 the number of obstacles listed in 42, but that will not keep this from being one of the toughest tracks on which the Monster Energy Supercross series will race.

Many of the same elements from last year will be present including sharp turns, vaulted jumps, sand sections and a finish line that aligns with the oval tracks’ start/finish line.

“This year’s Daytona Supercross design is one of the best,” Carmichael said. “It races great for the riders – it’s safe yet challenging and it’s very similar to last year with the split lanes. Daytona is the toughest, gnarliest race on the Supercross circuit, but it’s the most special to win.

“This track is going to produce great racing and I think the riders are going to put on a fantastic display for all our fans.”

While Tomac has dominated this race during his career, Daytona has also been the site of some other dramatic victories. In 2021 Aaron Plessinger scored his first career Supercross podium in 35 starts with a win there and reversed a three-year streak of bad luck on the track.

The Daytona Supercross race is the first of two the series will contest on speedway infield courses. A little more than one month later, Atlanta Motor Speedway will enter their third season as a supercross venue. These two courses will serve as an early test for the SuperMotocross three-race finale that begins September 9, 2023 at zMax Dragway in Charlotte, North Carolina. The three playoff races will each be held on courses that contain elements of Supercross and Motocross, much like Daytona and Atlanta.