CONCORD, N.C. (April 23, 2013) — Trey Jarrell maintains an “A” average in the classroom, and the race track, he knows every lap will be a learning experience.
His racing career will elevate to advanced classes this year when he competes for the Rookie of the Year at Motor Mile Speedway, starting with the season-opening NASCAR Whelen All-American Series LMSC Twin 125s on April 27.
Jarrell will drive the No. 14 PitRowLEDs.com Toyota for Sellers Racing, Inc. this year in NASCAR’s Home Track program. The team will be part of the series’ Late Model Stock Car division.
“Making good grades took a lot of effort, but it feels like it's nothing compared to the challenges I have ahead,” Jarrell said. “It’s a big step, but it’s one everyone with the team is ready to take … including me. It’s definitely the best way to learn.”
In 2012, Jarrell accumulated 23 victories in 43 starts in including winning the Big Money 100 and two trips to victory lane during the Summer Shootout Series hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway. He ended the season third in the national points for INEX Legends Car Series in the Young Lion division.
Although he is 16-years old and still attends high school, Jarrell has an ambitious racing schedule that involves as many as 30 weekends. The most important starts, however, will be 70 miles from his home at Martinsville, Va. – Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va.
The .416-mile, high-banked short track is one of the tracks on the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series roster, and his results there will be included in NASCAR’s state and national home track standings.
Defending national championship driver Lee Pulliam raced at Motor Mile last year.
Jarrell tested at Motor Mile on April 3. The track will open its gates for another test session on April 20.
A lot of effort went into putting together the team before they ran their first lap.
“I had a busy spring,” Jarrell said. “We signed new marketing partners. We put together a great group of sponsors for the year. I want to thank Sellers Racing Inc. and Kyle Beattie Racing for the best equipment in racing. Also, I want to thank my 2013 sponsors: Renewable Engineered Systems, AutosByNelson.com, PitRowLEDS.com, Survivor Powered Systems, Liquid Performance and Intellectual Property Resources, Inc.
“This is going to be a fun year.”
PitRowLEDs.com will serve as the primary sponsor. The company provides an array of lighting alternatives to businesses and residential customers. These light bulbs are energy efficient, longer lasting with a five-year warranty, operate at a lower temperature and have possible tax saving consequences.
Jarrell hopes to follow the footsteps of current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars that developed their careers in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, including Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jamie McMurray, Denny Hamlin, Elliott Sadler and Brian Vickers.
“It’s all part of the learning process,” Jarrell said. “At the race track, however, you get graded before, during and after every race. Our goal is to keep our “A” average."