HAMPTON, Va. — Fourth-generation racer Trey Hutchens takes the next step toward his goal of a racing career at NASCAR’s highest levels on Saturday with his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut at Langley Speedway.
Hutchens, currently competing in select NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late model races at North Carolina short tracks this season, will pilot the No. 37 Jeff Spraker Racing entry at Langley.
The rising high school sophomore, who scored a fourth-place points finish and collected rookie-of-the-year honors in the 2012 American Speed Ass’n limited late models at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C., in his first season in a stock car, is poised to take advantage of the fact he recently celebrated his 15th birthday and thus met the mandated minimum-age requirement for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
“This race has been on my radar for a long time, and there were times I didn’t think I’d ever turn 15,” joked Hutchens, son of JTG Daugherty Racing Competition Director Bobby Hutchens. “The K&N Pro Series East is the next rung on the ladder for me in my goal of one day racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. We’ve put a lot of long hours and effort into this weekend, and I’ve been very fortunate to have the support of companies like Kroger who recognize just how important this day is to my future as a driver.”
The honor roll student has notched seven top-five and 18 top-10 finishes in 26 late model and limited late model starts in 2012 and 2013 at Ace Speedway and Caraway Speedway as a 14-year-old, and was one of the youngest competitors in each event.