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– TULARE, Calif. (May 2) – Loose, loose, loose.
That’s the best way to summarize Trey Starks’ weekend, when he overcame an ill-handling sprint car to finish 10th with the ASCS Southern California Region at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., on Saturday.
“The track was just as slick as it could get and didn’t take rubber,” the 15-year-old from Puyallup, Wash., said. “At the start when I picked up the throttle, everyone else was going forward and I was going sideways toward the fence.”
Starks, who started second in the feature, slid back to fourth. He rode around in that position before losing a spot on each of the next two restarts, which presented the toughest challenge of controlling his car.
“We lost like 10 car lengths on each restart,” Starks said. “It was horrible loose.”
He then spun out running sixth midway through the race. That restarted him 15th on a track he described as “glass all the way across.” Starks was able to maneuver his way up to 10th, which is his fourth top 10 of the season.
Despite the difficult night, Starks is second in the ASCS Southern California points and the result was his fourth top 20 this season at the 1/3-mile oval.
Starks is scheduled to race with the ASCS Northwest Region on its opening weekend – Friday at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash., and Saturday at Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash.
“I’m really looking forward to racing back at home,” he said. “I’m excited to show those guys what I’ve learned since last year.”
QUICK RESULTS –
April 30 – Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. – Qualifying: 5; Heat race: 2 (3); Feature: 10 (2).
SEASON STATS –
15 races, 13 features, 0 wins, 1 top five, 4 top 10s, 7 top 15s, 11 top 20s
UP NEXT –
Friday at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash., and Saturday at Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash., with the ASCS Northwest Region
FAVORITE NUMBER –
4: The position Starks ranks in the ASCS Southern California Region points after two races this season.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS –
Starks has shirts, sweatshirts and beanies for sale. The colors are black and gray 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 – Masco Petroleum
Established in 1999, Masco Petroleum is a family-owned fuel and lubricant distributor in Aberdeen, Wash. Masco Petroleum offers fuel, including race and marine, as well as lubricants and various ancillary products. For more information, visit www.mascopetroleum.com.
“Masco Petroleum has been very helpful to my dad’s business for many years and now they have jumped on-board with our race team,” Trey said. “I couldn’t be happier to represent Masco Petroleum and the long relationship they have with my family.”
Starks would like to thank his sponsors, including Starks Timber Processing, Blue Dot Fabrications, Northwest Powder Coating & Sandblasting and SpeedMart for their continued support.