(Columbia, SC June 25th, 2017) The NASCAR Camping World Truck series traveled to the ⅞ mile “short track” at Iowa Speedway on Friday. The Bolen Motorsports team along with PhoneSkope on board unloaded prepared for two practices with Trey Hutchens making his series debut. With a blast from the past… the No. 66 was adorned with throwback colors to his grandfather’s 1996 Craftsman Truck series team. Trey, a third generation racer, decided to honor his grandpa by running the 1996 paint scheme driven by Harry Gant for a team co-owned by his grandfather.
Practice one was full of laps and adjustments to get Trey some time in the seat and get things rolling with over 50 laps run in the 1st practice. With his feedback and time to get adjusted to the new race truck, the team showed solid gains on overall race runs and worked to get the truck where we needed to be.
Heading into the second practice the team continued work on getting Trey comfortable and giving him as many laps as possible in preparation for the day’s’ events.
For qualifying, the team made final adjustments and Trey was set for his first experience with group qualifying via the NASCAR Truck Series. Trey would qualify 18th for the M&M’s 200 with a solid ½ second pick up from practice.
Now is when the finish or headlines don’t tell the whole story….
At the start of the race, Trey settled in and began to log laps in the longest green flag run in Iowa Speedway Truck history running the 1st segment without caution putting the team in position for the the lucky dog! As the race approached the end of stage two in position for the Lucky dog, the team lost communication with Trey and were forced to pit to correct the situation. Unfortunately the wires running to Trey’s helmet became disconnected and we had to fix the issue which cost Trey multiple laps.
Now several laps down, Trey made the best of the situation by logging quality laps turning some of his best lap times and gaining experience for his next chance in the Truck series all while bringing the No. 66 Chevrolet Silverado home without a scratch on it.
We’d like to think that is a solid and respectable debut! Keep your eyes peeled for Trey as he will impress sooner than later!