Trey Jarrell’s Learning Accelerated During Motor Mile Speedways’ Season-opener
16-year-old finishes 11th and 22nd at Michael Huffman Memorial Twin 125s
Martinsville, Va. (June 6, 2013) – The Michael Huffman Memorial Twin 125s doubled Trey Jarrell’s learning progress last Saturday at the Motor Mile Speedway.
The 16-year-old driver from Martinsville, Va., posted finishes of 11th and 22nd in a pair of 125-mile feature races. More important, he gained twice as much experience for the future.
“I learned a whole lot about tire management in the first race,” Jarrell said. “We also had to deal with the sun going down, too. Once it got completely dark things changed dramatically. The new theme of the night was learning about new track conditions. I was a lot more prepared for the second race. We had a top car, and we were moving forward in the field.”
As soon as the afternoon practice started Jarrell was in fourth position on speed charts. After the completion of the session, Jarrell was solidly in the top-five going into qualifying.
Jarrell’s No. 14 Toyota NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model racer qualified 14th in the first race. He finished 11th and passed seasoned veterans on his way to the front of the field. It also was the first time Jarrell used a spotter.
“Having communication was something completely different than I had ever done,” Jarrell said. “Having someone in my ear actually helped me. It helped keep me calm and consistent throughout the night.”
Jarrell started 11th in the second main event. He was up to seventh when he was swept into a three-car accident on the 75th lap. In all, the feature was extended by 28 laps for late accidents.
While Jarrell was able to drive his damaged car home to a 22nd-place finish, he left eager to apply all the lessons learned in both races.
“It makes me so mad because I knew we had a top-five car,” he said. “Honestly I think it worked out for the better in the end. After my incident, things got crazy. We had a lot less damage then the rest of the guys ended up having.”
He also learned how veterans accelerate their emotions and game plans in the waning moments of a race.
“It was new to learn when people flip their switch and when they got moving, and for me, when to starting watching out more when people get crazy,” he said.
Jarrell was pleased that he made a good impression in the first race of the Motor Mile Speedway season.
“People saw we were a top-five car,” he said. “People knew we were fast.”
Jarrell plans to apply his newfound experience next at the Blue Ridge Copier Twin 125s at Motor Mile on June 22.