HICKORY, N.C. - Trey Jarrell charged from 16th to fourth in Saturday Night's Catawba Valley 150 PASS South Super Late Model race at Hickory Motor Speedway.
Then he was squeezed into the wall by another competitor with less than 20 laps left in the event, putting an end to his night.
It was the second straight race that the Martinsville, Virginia driver has been caught up in a crash not of his own making.
Afterward, Jarrell was disappointed for his team.
"Mark Reedy and everybody on this team work very hard to prepare a front-running car and bring it to the track for me to race," the Liberty University student said. "I feel bad for them to see our night end this way."
He was battling for fourth on lap 134 when the other competitor moved up the track at the end of the front straightaway into Trey, coming across the nose of Trey's Kaytech/Anderson Maple Syrup No. 12.
Trey was caught between the other car and the outside wall with no place to go. The other competitor got sideways, crashing into the tire barrier near the track's outside pit entrance. Jarrell grazed the outside wall then got sideways trying to avoid further contact, causing him to hit the turn one outside wall as well.
Both cars were forced to the pits with damage, ending what was to be a top five finish after a steady and impressive drive by Jarrell.
"The car was really good throughout the race," Trey said. "The only problem I had was that it wasn't very good on restarts. Once I got to fourth, I really wanted the race to stay green to the end, because it was taking about ten laps after the restarts for the car to come in. I was better on long runs. We didn't have a car to compete for a win tonight, but thanks to Mark and the team we definitely would have been in the top five, which would have been good for us."
Asked how he felt about the incident, he was matter-of-fact. "I'm not really mad about it. I'm just disappointed for this team. I don't know if his spotter made a mistake or he just messed up or what, but I was on the brakes trying to get off him as soon as I realized what was happening. I just had nowhere to go there. I'm glad he was OK because he took a hard hit. It's just disappointing that we don't have better results to show for how well we've run a lot of this year. We've led laps, run in the top five a bunch and passed a lot of cars. This team does a great job giving me fast cars on a much smaller budget than many of our competitors have. I really want to win for them and for our corporate partners for all they do for me."
The team will regroup and head to the series' biggest race of the year, the North-South Shootout at Concord Motorsports Park in Concord, North Carolina November 3rd through November 5th.
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For more information on Trey Jarrell Racing, like them on Facebook (Trey Jarrell Racing) or visit their website at www.treyjarrell.com. About Trey Jarrell Racing
Trey Jarrell is a 19-year-old late model stock car racer and a Business Marketing student at Liberty University who hails from Martinsville, Virginia.
Following a couple of seasons in the Quarter-Midgets, Trey moved to legends cars, having tremendous success with Kyle Beattie Racing as he continued to hone his racing skill set before moving to full-size cars.
He currently races a part-time schedule in the Pro All Star Series (PASS) South Tour for super late model cars, running for Mark Reedy and Reedy Racing.
Over the past two seasons, the team has been a top-five threat wherever they've raced together, currently getting support from marketing partners Kaytech, Anderson's Maple Syrup, JT Fuels, Port City Racecars and McGunnegill Engine Performance.