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ALGER, Wash. (April 24, 2013) – The finish certainly wasn’t what Trey Starks envisioned of his season opener, but the 17-year-old tapped into his veteran mindset after crashing Saturday night at Skagit Speedway.
“We didn’t have any practice laps and it’s been raining up here for so long,” he said. “We didn’t know what the track conditions would be so we decided we’d go with our backup car just in case something like this would happen.
“In the first race you don’t really want something bad like that to happen. It’s a part failure. There’s nothing anybody could do about it. All we know is that we were fast and we could make moves. It sucks to tear a car apart, but that’s what we’ve got more in the shop for.”
Starks had rallied into the runner-up position in the opening laps when the steering broke in turn four, sending his car straight into the wall. The impact knocked him out of the event with a seventh-place finish.
Prior to the wreck, Starks’ night was progressing quite well after a rough qualifying effort. He timed in seventh quickest, which started him fourth in his heat race.
“I had a bad qualifying lap and the track was really rough,” he said. “You either hit it or you didn’t.”
Starks charged to second in his heat race and started the 25-lap feature on the inside of the fourth row. He quickly picked his way into the top five and was up to second before disaster struck around Lap 5.
“It would have been interesting to see how the rest of the race would have panned out,” Starks said. “Who knows, we could have been in contention for the win. This year we’re really focusing on wins.”
The next opportunity will be the two-day Grove Classic at Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Ore., on Friday and Saturday or at Skagit Speedway on Saturday.
QUICK RESULTS –
April 20 – Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash. – Qualifying: 7; Heat race: 2 (4); Feature: 7 (7).
SEASON STATS –
1 race, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 1 top 10, 1 top 15, 1 top 20
UP NEXT –
Either Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Ore., on Friday and Saturday for the Grove Classic or Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash., on Saturday
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS –
Starks has men’s and women’s long-sleeve shirts, t-shirts and hoodies available at any race he attends and at www.TreyStarksRacing.com.
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Starks Timber Processing
Starks Timber Processing is a logging business owned by Trey’s father, John, who is a third-generation logger. It has been based out of Washington for the last 15 years.
“Starks Timber Processing is what provides me the opportunity to race,” Trey said. “It has played a huge role in my life, both on the track and away from it.”
Starks would like to thank his sponsors, including Blue Dot Fabrications, BR Motorsports, King Racing Products, Masco Petroleum and SpeedMart for their continued support.