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– ALGER, Wash. (June 6) – It’s frustrating enough to have an engine expire. But when it happens to take away a top five, it’s down right aggravating.
That was the situation for Trey Starks, who lost a 410 engine midway through the feature last Saturday at Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash.
“It’s not a good statistic, but I think of the 10 or 11 times I’ve raced at Skagit, I still haven’t finished an A Main,” the 15-year-old from Puyallup, Wash., said. “We’ve either wrecked or lost engines.
“Saturday was going good. I thought we were actually going to finish.”
Starks qualified seventh quickest, which started him on the pole of his heat race.
“We ran off and left them,” said Starks, who won the heat race. “We were really fast.”
After starting seventh in the feature, Starks fell back to ninth on the opening lap when the start was jumbled. However, Starks got by a car before a caution and then passed two others soon after the restart to climb to sixth.
“We ran down fifth in about two laps when we had an open track,” he said. “I had a clear track so I could see my entry better. Then going into turn three midway through the race I had to lift. When I tried to pick the throttle back up, the engine tied up.”
As his engine issues emerged, a caution waved for a wreck involving two cars ahead of Starks. Without the trouble, he would have been fourth. Instead, Starks went to the pits with a 16th-place finish.
“We were definitely one of the fastest cars out there,” he said.
QUICK RESULTS –
June 4 – Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash. – Qualifying: 7; Heat race: 1 (1); Feature: 16 (7).
SEASON STATS –
21 races, 19 features, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 7 top 10s, 10 top 15s, 17 top 20s
FAVORITE NUMBER –
6: The position Starks was in when engine issues forced him to the pits midway through the feature last Saturday at Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash.
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,” Starks 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.