In a statement, Starr stated that he tested positive for the flu after previously testing negative for COVID-19.
“I am disappointed to share that I will miss this weekend’s race at Nashville,” Starr’s Twitter statement said. “I have not been feeling 100% this week. Initially, I felt like I had a cold, but then I got a fever and that’s when I knew I might be sicker than I thought….
“As a race car driver, you never want to step out of the car for any reason. I cannot thank my good friend BJ McLeod enough for filling in for me while I recover. I know my #08 TicketSmarter Ford Mustang is in good hands with BJ. Thank you to the SS Green Light [Racing] team for everything. And a huge thank you to my fans and sponsors for understanding.”
Starr has attempted all but three races this season with SS-Green Light Racing, with four DNQs and a best finish of 21st at Texas Motor Speedway. The team won its first ever race in their 27-year history, when Cole Custer took the No. 07 to victory lane at Auto Club Speedway.
McLeod, on the other hand, will be attempting his season-debut in the Xfinity Series, as he has focused his efforts on his Cup Series team, Live Fast Motorsports, where he has a best finish of 19th (twice) in 13 starts. His Xfinity team, BJ McLeod Motorsports, currently holds a best finish of fifth on the season, at the hands of Ryan Preece, driving the No. 5 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
About the author
Anthony Damcott joined Frontstretch in March 2022. He co-authors Only Yesterday (Wednesdays) and Fire on Fridays (Fridays); he is also the site's primary Truck Series reporter and writer, and contributes to SRX coverage, too. A proud West Virginia Wesleyan College alum from Akron, Ohio, Anthony is currently pursuing his master of journalism at Temple University. He is a theatre actor and fight choreographer-in-training outside of Frontstretch. He is a loyal fan of the Cincinnati Reds and Carolina Panthers, still hopeful for a championship at some point in his lifetime.
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