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|Starks Notes Knoxville Nationals Prelim Win and All Star Triumph as Best Moments of Season
Inside Line Promotions - PUYALLUP, Wash. (Nov. 19, 2019) - Trey Starks scored a pair of huge wins during the 2019 season, which was a year he ran into a different opponent quite often.
"Rain," he quipped. "That kind of was the theme to the start of the season. It felt like we never got going because of so many rainouts. Being at a new track it's hard to get into a rhythm when everything was getting cancelled. We really started getting going toward the end of the season at Knoxville though."
The Gobrecht Motorsports driver had spent the previous couple of seasons focused on Central Pennsylvania competition before the team tackled the full season at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, for the first time. Although a handful of races rained out in the Midwest to open the campaign, Starks found a groove in the summer.
The biggest moment came in August when Starks took the lead on Lap 5 of a Knoxville Nationals preliminary night. He powered to the triumph, which was his first at the track and first during a World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series sanctioned event.
"Leading up to that night wasn't necessarily drawn up perfectly," he said. "We weren't very consistent and because of the rainouts it took us awhile to get going. We kept doing what we were supposed to do and kept working hard as if we were in position so that when we were in position we could capitalize on it. Leading into the Nationals it was the worst couple of weeks of the year. I think we kept our head down and when the time came we were there to capitalize on the position we were put in. It was the biggest stage I've ever won on."
That performance locked Starks into his second career Knoxville Nationals A Main.
The team backed up the strong run during the biggest event of the season a month later when Starks posted his second career Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions win during the Night Before the Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa.
"I was really happy to back it up with a win in Pennsylvania," he said. "Going into Port Royal I wasn't sure how it was going to go. We've been really good at that track in the past. We had pretty much changed our program around after going to Knoxville. It was really cool to see we changed all these things for the better. I was able to pick up where I left off. The car was fast out of the gate and we did what we had to do to win the race."
In addition to the two triumphs, Starks finished the season ranked eighth in the championship standings at Knoxville Raceway. He also garnered the Rookie of the Year Award.
"This was a bit of a different year for us, but we had some great moments after a slow start thanks to the rain," he said. "I want to thank Scott Gobrecht and Jeff McCall for the opportunity to drive for them as well as everyone who helps crew and support the team."
SEASON STATS -
47 races, 2 wins, 8 top fives, 17 top 10s, 21 top 15s, 30 top 20s
MEDIA LINKS -
Starks has t-shirts and hoodies for sale at http://www.TreyStarksRacing.com .
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"E-Z-GO has supported Scott Gobrecht and his business for a long time," Starks said. "We all appreciate their support of our team."
Gobrecht Motorsports would also like to thank Champion Brands, FK Rod Ends, Golf Cart Services, J&J Auto Racing, Fibreworks Composites, Moose Blocks, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Beer Hill Gang, Gettysburg Rental Center, Gardy's Enterprises, Baker Door Company, Moose Lodge 720, Pancho's Racing Products, Pro Shocks, Auto Meter, KSE Racing Products, Fel-Pro, Taylor Ignition Wires, Miller Welders, K&N Filters, Mettec, Bell Helmets, AL Driveline, DMI, Champion Spark Plugs, ISC Racers Tape, Schroth Racing, HMS Motorsports, King Racing Products, Kinsler Fuel Injection, All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads, Ultra Lite Brakes & Components, Security Race Products, Benner's Butcher Shoppe and Darwin L. Martin Trucking for their continued support.
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