Right at Home: Trey Starks Competes Against the World of Outlaws in the Pacific Northwest

By Starks Racing PR

Puyallup, Wash. August 28, 2012 — For the last couple of race seasons, Trey Starks has been circling a particular week on his calendar each and every year. It’s not the week of any holiday, family gathering or even a vacation. It’s the week the World of Outlaws make a stop on his home turf in the scenic Pacific Northwest. That week is here, as the series will contest four races over a six-day stretch in Washington and Oregon.

Starks will first hit the track on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash., before heading back north to Skagit Speedway in Alger for a two-night show on Friday, Aug. 31, and Saturday, Sept. 1. Action then heads south on Interstate Five for the World of Outlaws inaugural event at Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Ore., on Monday, Sept. 3.

The third-generation driver has a third and sixth-place finish at Grays Harbor this season. He took to the three-eighths-mile for the first in 2012 on May 20, finishing third after opening the night as the fifth-fastest qualifier. He followed that up with a sixth-place performance on May 26 with the ASCS Northwest Series. Starks has made a total of five starts at Grays Harbor this season. The World of Outlaws event will mark the series first on-track action at the venue since 2008, with the series last two visits to the venue rained out.

“We’ve never run a 410-race at Grays Harbor,” said Starks. “We been up there and tried a couple of times and both times they were rained out. It’s been a long, long time since they’ve run 410s there. Nobody should really have an edge experience-wise in a 410 there, since it’s been so long since they’ve run. Hopefully it helps that we’ve run a couple 360 shows there this year.”

Starks has made eight appearances at Skagit Speedway this year, and has finished seventh or better in six of those starts at the high-banked three-tenths-mile bullring. Last season, the 16-year-old raced his way into the A-Feature both nights during the World of Outlaws two-day event at the track. He finished 14th in the finale with a solid field in attendance. Starks won his first career 410-sprint car race at Skagit in 2011 on Aug. 20. He raced with the World of Outlaws at the track for the first time in 2010 at the age of 14.

“We’ve tried a couple of different lines this year at Skagit when we’ve run there,” he noted. “A lot of the local drivers like the run the bottom only, and I’m able to get to the top and make things work up there, as well as on the bottom. We’ve made the race each of the last two years at Skagit with the Outlaws, and I definitely want to be more competitive this year. We’ve had things go wrong at these bigger races, so we’re shooting to have a good, clean night both nights this weekend.”

The native of Puyallup, Wash., competed earlier this season at Willamette Speedway for the first time since the track was reconfigured. In that event, Starks finished sixth after lining up 10th, against a very strong field that included veterans Jonathan Allard, Jayme Barnes, Roger Crockett Tim Kaeding and Shane Stewart among others. Starks opened the night by turning the 10th-fastest lap in time trials. He finished a career-best second at Willamette in July of 2011, which was one of two Top-10 runs for him at the track last year. Starks will also compete with the ASCS Northwest Series on Sunday, Sept. 2, at Willamette.

“Willamette is a fantastic track,” he shared. “I thought it was great before they redid it. With all the things they have done, they now have an amazing facility along with an outstanding track. Running the 360 race the night before will give us a few extra laps before we run with the big boys on Monday night.”

Starks finished second at Skagit Speedway last weekend, following an extensive tour in the Midwest that saw him spend a large portion of the month of August competing at five different tracks in three states, including the famed Knoxville Raceway in Iowa. The young driver has one victory this season to go along with 12 Top-10 finishes.

Trey Starks and Starks Racing would like to thank their valued partners: BR Motorsports, FX Signs, King Racing Products, Masco Petroleum, Northwest Powerdercoating & Sandblasting, Starks Timber Processing and T&C Concepts.


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