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Starks Posts Best-Ever 360 Knoxville Nationals Outing

Inside Line Promotions - OSKALOOSA, Iowa (Aug. 8, 2017) - Trey Starks is hopeful he can produce a career-best performance during the 57th annual 5-Hour Energy Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Store this week after accomplishing that feat last weekend during the 27 th annual 360 Knoxville Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank.

The Gobrecht Motorsports driver kicked off a successful weekend at Knoxville Raceway last Friday by qualifying 18th quickest to open his 360 Knoxville Nationals preliminary night. He then placed fourth in a heat race to lock into the main event, which he started on the pole.

"We were fortunate to be at the right position and we caught the feature inversion perfectly to start the A Main on the pole," he said. "We took off and led some laps early."

Starks led the opening lap and then Lap 3 through Lap 7 before falling to second.

"Brian Brown got by me just after the midpoint of the race and we settled for third, which was our best-ever finish at Knoxville," he said. "We wanted the win, but to come out of our preliminary night with a podium finish was a big accomplishment."

That earned enough points to lock Starks into Saturday's A Main, which he finished 15th.

"Making the A Main was a feat in itself when there are 90-plus drivers racing," he said. "We spent most of the race right around the 15 th position before finishing there."

The team swapped engines for Sunday's Capitani Classic at Knoxville Raceway. Starks timed in sixth quickest in his group and he placed fourth in a heat race to miss locking into the main event by only one position.

"That's a tough format," he said. "There were 69 drivers and the heat race inversion was a four. You had to finish in the top three to go to the A Main and we didn't quite make it."

That relegated Starks to a B Main, in which a runner-up result locked him into the 21st starting position for the A Main. Unfortunately, a steering box problem resulted in a DNF.

Starks then ventured to Southern Iowa Speedway on Monday for the Front Row Challenge. He qualified 27th quickest and placed sixth in a heat race before winning the B Main from the sixth starting position. Starks advanced from 21st to 16th in the A Main.

The Gobrecht Motorsports team will return to action at Knoxville Raceway during the 57th annual 5-Hour Energy Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Store, which is this Wednesday through Saturday.

"I feel good going into the event," Starks said. "I think we have a great opportunity to do the best we've ever done at the Knoxville Nationals. All of the recent laps we've put in at Knoxville should be a big help. I'm really looking forward to the challenge."


Aug. 4 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Qualifying: 18; Heat race: 4 (3); Feature: 3 (1).

Aug. 5 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Feature: 15 (16).

Aug. 6 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Qualifying: 6; Heat race: 4 (3); B Main: 2 (1); Feature: 23 (21).

Aug. 7 - Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa - Qualifying: 27; Heat race: 6 (7); B Main: 1 (6); Feature: 16 (21).


40 races, 2 wins, 11 top fives, 16 top 10s, 24 top 15s, 31 top 20s


Wednesday through Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, for the 57th annual 5-Hour Energy Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Store


Website: http://www.TreyStarksRacing.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Starks55Trey

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TreyStarksRacing?fref=ts


Starks has t-shirts and hoodies for sale at http://www.TreyStarksRacing.com .

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