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Texan David Starr to drive for pair of Texans in Select Cup events

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Tyler, Texas -- A pair of Texas natives are pairing to form a new NASCAR team in 2011 that will compete on a limited basis in the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck series in 2011 with another Texan, David Starr, behind one of the wheels.



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Leavine Fenton Racing will attempt six Cup races with Starr, a Houston native who lives in Flower Mound, and three Truck events with co-owner Lance Fenton as driver. Both Ford entries will carry No. 95 and receive support from Roush Fenway Racing and Roush Yates Engines. Veteran Wally Rogers has been hired as crew chief for the operation, which will be based out of their Concord, N.C., shop. Co-owners Fenton and Bob Leavine hail from Tyler, Texas, and look to combine their business savvy and racing experience into a successful venture.


Leavine Fenton Racing's initial Cup schedule will include both races at Texas Motor Speedway – the April 9 Samsung Mobile 500 and Nov. 6 AAA Texas 500 – as well as events at Kentucky and Chicagoland. The truck series schedule also will include both races at Texas Motor Speedway – the June 10 WinStar World Casino 400 and Nov. 4 WinStar World Casino 350k – in addition to a visit to Charlotte.


"They understand what it will take, and they're willing to do it," said Starr, a 13-year veteran and four-time winner of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. "Bob's company was involved in some sponsorship with my racing last season, and Lance did a few truck races with us last year. We were talking about doing some Nationwide races, but they decided they wanted to try the Sprint Cup Series."


Leavine is owner of WRL General Contractors Ltd., which has been in operation for more than 30 years. His racing background also spans several years.


"I am excited about our new NASCAR Cup team," Leavine said. "There are some opportunities now in NASCAR that may never come around again, and we are blessed to be in a position to take advantage of those opportunities. There are several things I expect to get out of this venture but top on the list is to enjoy myself around a great group of people at NASCAR."


Fenton is the owner of Fenton Motor Group in Tyler and Phoenix Design and Manufacturing LLC, in Oklahoma City. He has raced and owned teams since the mid 1980s. Last year, he made his debut in the Truck Series, competing in five races combined with Team Gill Racing and Rick Ware Racing, with a best finish of 19th at Darlington.


"This team is the realization of the vision of several great men," Fenton said. "The owners, crew and driver are all passionate, success-driven individuals. I am truly blessed to be a part of this adventure. There is no doubt in my mind we will be victorious in our effort and have enjoyment while getting our mission accomplished. The No. 95 car will definitely be a factor at every event it enters. My Lord, my family, and my friends are all to thank for making this team a reality."


Added Rogers: "I am really looking forward to the opportunities at Leavine Fenton Racing. Just knowing that Bob and Lance are 100 percent supportive makes the sky the limit for what we can achieve as a group. I also can't wait to start working with David [starr]. He and I became friends back when I was in the Camping World Truck Series in 2004. I feel like we both carry a mutual amount of trust and respect for one another and that is going to make it a lot of fun."

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