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Starks Learns During Busy Knoxville Nationals

Inside Line Promotions - KNOXVILLE, Iowa (Aug. 13, 2018) - It takes near perfection to be successful during the famed Knoxville Nationals, which Trey Starks learned last year when he made the A Main on the final night for the first time in his career.

Unfortunately, last weekend wasn't a perfect one for Starks and Gobrecht Motorsports, which tackled the 58th annual 5-Hour Energy Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Stores at Knoxville Raceway.


The action began on Thursday when Starks qualified seventh quickest overall. However, an eighth-place finish in a heat race relegated him to the B Main. Starks was in contention early to garner a transfer position into the main event until a mechanical failure sidelined the team.

"We had really good speed, but just didn't make it through the heat and had bad luck in the B Main," he said.

Starks returned to the half-mile oval on Friday. He timed in ninth quickest in his group and placed third in a heat race to lock into the 12 th starting position for the A Main.

"We just didn't quite have the speed we needed in the feature," he said. "We have to work on some things to get a little bit faster. We were just off and needed to be better at the end of the night and we just didn't quite have it."

Starks held on for an 18th-place finish. That lined him up third in the C Main on Saturday. He finished fifth and was awarded the final transfer position into the back of the B Main. Starks gained a couple of positions before ending 22nd.

"We need to get a little faster when it counts," he said. "I think we learn every time we come here. It's a little disappointing because we made the show last year, but that's a hard thing to do. We ended in the B Main this year, which isn't anything to hang our heads about."

The team tentatively plans on competing with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions this Friday at Utica-Rome Speedway in Utica, N.Y.; Saturday at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y.; and Sunday at Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, N.Y.

QUICK RESULTS -

Aug. 9 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Qualifying: 7; Heat race: 8 (7); B Main: 18 (4).

Aug. 10 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Qualifying: 9; Heat race: 3 (2); Feature: 18 (12).

Aug. 11 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - C Main: 5 (3); B Main: 22 (24).

SEASON STATS -


54 races, 4 wins, 10 top fives, 17 top 10s, 26 top 15s, 35 top 20s

UP NEXT -

Friday at Utica-Rome Speedway in Utica, N.Y.; Saturday at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y.; and Sunday at Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, N.Y., with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions

MEDIA LINKS -


Website: http://www.TreyStarksRacing.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Starks55Trey

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

APPAREL -

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

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Champion Brands

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"Champion Brands is a great company that is synonymous with racing," Starks said. "We use Champion oil and other Champion products and we are proud to be supported by such an esteemed company."

Gobrecht Motorsports would also like to thank Textron Off Road, Golf Cart Services, Starks Timber Processing, J&J Auto Racing, FK Rod Ends, 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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