Starks rolls on into Grays Harbor


Trey Starks at Grays Harbor Raceway. (Grays Harbor photo)

ELMA, Wash. — Rain may be the only thing that can slow down Trey Starks in Washington state this season.

Bad weather has wiped out many of the state’s planned sprint car races in 2022, but when Mother Nature gives in, Starks tends to find himself on the winning track.

The trend continued Saturday night at Grays Harbor Raceway when Starks led all 30 laps of the first night of the Hall of Fame Tribute race to earn his third three-eighth mile win in three attempts this season. It was also Starks’ fifth win in six races during his 2022 season.

“It was just another solid night,” Starks said. “Everything went smoothly. We’ve had a bit of luck and that’s all you could wish for to move forward.”

Seth Bergman put the field green with Starks on his outside. It was just half a lap before Starks took the lead when he used a strong run down the backstretch to duck into Bergman as he went into turn three and slid forward.

A red flag on lap two for an overturning Colby Thornhill ended the action, but when racing resumed Starks wasted no time in moving forward. The Puyallup, Wash. native extended his lead early in the main event, expertly navigating traffic even though he and the team anticipated different conditions when preparing for the feature.

“There were a few things we probably would have changed after that,” Starks commented. “I think we were a bit conservative. We thought the track would have a bit more bite so we were concerned about tightening it too much but we were still solid.”

With Starks leading, a scuffle broke out for places in the back half of the top-10. A trio of Californians DJ Netto, Mitchell Faccinto and Dominic Scelzi battled each other and locals Tyler Driever, Colton Heath and Logan Forler.

Heath, who started ninth, and Driever, who started 12ththmade the most of the war, blasting into the top 5 and pulling away.

Traffic ahead allowed Bergman to close the gap on Starks as the race neared its end.

“We were great in through traffic but there were a couple of cars changing lanes at the last minute which slowed us down a bit,” explained Starks.

Ultimately, it didn’t slow him down enough as Bergman caught up within five car lengths but couldn’t make a move to victory.

Starks took the win to join Seth Bergman, Colton Heath and Jason Solwold in tomorrow’s $5,000-to-win finale of the two-day show.

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