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David Starr Joins Jimmy Means Racing for His 21st NASCAR Season

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer

David Starr announced Wednesday he’ll run in Jimmy Means Racing’s No. 52 Chevrolet, replacing Joey Gase who’s driven for Means since 2012. The 50-year-old Texan will run the entire schedule for the second consecutive season, beginning with the February 17th running of the Powershares QQQ 300 at Daytona.

“I’m eager to get the season started,” Starr said. “I have a lot of respect for Jimmy, he’s a true racer and has been in the industry for a long time. His knowledge will only enhance our race program and performance on the track.”

“We’re glad to have David on board and we’re looking forward to a great year with a talented, proven winner,” said car owner Jimmy Means.

Starr will look to bring the No. 52 team its third straight top-10 finish at Daytona after Gase finished 7th and 10th in both races last season.

He’ll also look to improve his performance from last year after finishing 25th in points with an average start of 32.8 and a 27.8 average finish. Starr’s best finish was fifth at Daytona last July, his only Xfinity Series top-5 to date.

Since debuting in the Camping World Truck Series at Phoenix in April 1998, Starr has competed in all three national series, finding success in Trucks where he captured four wins, five poles and finished in the top-5 points standings in 2002 and 2006.

Starr has been an Xfinity Series mainstay since 2014, scoring three career top-10s and finished 16th in the final standings in 2015.

Sponsorship announcements will be made in the coming week.

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From the Pacific Northwest, Luis is a University of Idaho graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and Digital MEdia. Ever since watching the 2003 Daytona 500, being involved in auto racing is all he's ever dreamed of doing. He's also covered Idaho Athletics and high school football as both a writer and videographer. Additionally, he spent 2017 writing several racing columns as an independent journalist. Luis is a fan of Seattle sports, a music critic and a motivator who wants to impact people's lives.