By Shawn Miller
Inside Line Promotions – CHICO, Calif. (March 14) – The early hole was just too deep for Trey Starks to overcome.
A qualifying miscue, or a combination of issues, stymied the 15-year-old from Puyallup, Wash., last Saturday at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif., in the Mini Gold Cup with the World of Outlaws.
“We were way off in qualifying and that pretty much sunk us,” Starks said. “The car was way too loose and I ran the track in the wrong spot.”
Starks qualified 36th of the 38 cars, which relegated him to start last in his heat race. He drove up to seventh, which was two positions out of a transfer to the feature.
“The car got better and we got better as the night went on,” Starks said. “We were just in a hole we really couldn’t dig ourselves out of.”
After starting 16th in the B Main, Starks drove up to eighth – only four spots out of a transfer – before ultimately finishing 10th.
“We got up to eighth in the B Main,” he said. “We were still too loose. We were there, but just couldn’t get it done.”
Starks will continue the World of Outlaws’ swing through California with races at Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway in Hanford on Friday and at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare on Saturday.
He started the season in February at those tracks with the ASCS National Tour, driving from 17th to a career-best ASCS National Tour finish of eighth at Thunderbowl Raceway and placing 14th at Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway three days later.
QUICK RESULTS –
March 12 – Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. – Qualifying: 36; Heat race: 7 (9); B Main: 10 (16).
SEASON STATS –
7 races, 5 features, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 1 top 10, 3 top 15s, 5 top 20s
UP NEXT –
Friday at Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif., and Saturday at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., with the World of Outlaws
FAVORITE NUMBER –
8: The finishing position of Starks in his last race at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., which was a career best with the ASCS National Tour.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS –
Starks has shirts, sweatshirts and beanies for sale. The colors are black and grey for the shirts and hooded sweatshirts. Shirts are $15, sweatshirts are $30 and black beanies are $15. All sizes range from small to XL. For ordering information, visit www.treystarksracing.com.
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Blue Dot Fabrications
Blue Dot Fabrications is owned by Trey’s uncle, Dean Starks, who fabricates various types of vehicles, including vintage cars and road race cars. Blue Dot Fabrications even built quarter midgets when Trey began racing.
“Blue Dot Fabrications is another business that has been around my family my entire life,” Trey said. “My uncle, Dean, has always been around ready to fix anything that gets dinged up at the track.”
Starks would like to thank his sponsors, including Starks Timber Processing, Northwest Powdercoating & Sandblasting, Masco Petroleum and SpeedMart for their continued support.