Inside Line Promotions - JACKSON, Minn. (June 29, 2020) - Trey Starks returns to Knoxville Raceway this weekend with confidence that the Gobrecht Motorsports sprint car is getting closer to finding the proper balance.
The team will compete at the half-mile oval in Knoxville, Iowa, on Friday and Saturday. Starks has posted a top-10 finish during two weekly races at the track in 2020.
"Having two days in a row will be a big help for us," he said. "I'm looking forward to two big learning days."
The team has been working hard throughout this season to gain the comfort needed to be a contender. The 42nd annual AGCO Jackson Nationals hosted by Jackson Motorplex was a step in the right direction last weekend.
"I felt like we struggled at first, but had some speed throughout," he said. "We're getting some things figured out and gaining more speed in the car. We're trying to get the balance correct because this is a different car than last year."
Starks showed a big improvement between the two preliminary nights. He ended the opening round 12th in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series' Last Chance Showdown before winning a heat race and placing sixth in the dash on Friday. That started Starks on the outside of the third row for the main event.
"We ran sixth for about half the race, but we had a tire going down and got into the wall on a restart," he said. "We lost a bunch of spots there and then maintained the rest of the race."
Starks held on for a 16th-place finish. It was his best result of the season with the World of Outlaws.
"We made some significant changes to pretty much the whole race car between Thursday night's show and Friday's show," he said. "It balanced the car out pretty good. It was a lot more stable and we tried to build on that for the rest of the weekend."
Starks finished seventh in a qualifier on Saturday before ending his weekend by rallying from 11th to seventh in the Last Chance Showdown - only three positions shy of making the main event.
"We ran out of time," he said. "It was a good building weekend. I think we're on to something. Hopefully that will pay dividends this weekend at Knoxville."
QUICK RESULTS -
June 25 - Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn. - Qualifying: 26; Heat race: 8 (7); B Main: 12 (10).
June 26 - Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn. - Qualifying: 20; Heat race: 1 (2); Dash: 6 (3); Feature: 16 (6).
June 27 - Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn. - Qualifier: 7 (5); B Main: 7 (11).
SEASON STATS -
19 races, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 5 top 10s, 6 top 15s, 11 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Friday and Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa
MEDIA LINKS -
Starks has t-shirts and hoodies for sale at http://www.TreyStarksRacing.com .
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