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Trey Crews: Quick rise to top

Three short seasons ago, Trey Crews of Halifax earned Rookie of the Year honors in the Pure Stock Division at South Boston Speedway.

Now, Crews is the reigning 2012 Pure Stock Division champion, and is one of four first-time champions South Boston Speedway officials crowned at the recent South Boston Speedway NASCAR Awards Banquet.

“It’s unbelievable,” Crews remarked.

“To start off winning Rookie of the Year in my first year and in coming in to win the championship in my third year means a lot to me. It took a lot of hard work and good people to help me get there.”

One of the things Crews said makes winning the South Boston Speedway Pure Stock Division title special is the prestige of winning a championship at one of NASCAR racing’s most historical venues, a place where a number of NASCAR’s top stars cut their racing teeth.

“It’s a lot of prestige,” Crews pointed out.

“Just winning a championship at South Boston Speedway is special. A lot of people, a lot of good talented drivers have come out of South Boston Speedway. Hopefully I can be called one of those one day.”

Crews used consistency to rise to the top of the Pure Stock Division. He scored four wins, logged a dozen top-five finishes and had 14 top-ten finishes in his 15 starts. The Halifax resident also won two poles and led the second-highest number of laps in the division.

“Consistency was the main thing,” Crews said of his championship season.

“We had a lot of top-three finishes and four wins. Being consistent was one of my goals for last season. 

“That takes preparation,” he added.

“I just tried to keep all of my equipment prepared, and I worked hard to keep it up and running. I had worked hard during the off-season, learning from mistakes of the past seasons, and I worked off of that.”

Crews’ consistency gave him a 39-point final margin over defending division champion, Joe Allred III of Scottsburg. It took a strong performance on Crews’ part to dethrone Allred, who led the division with seven wins and led the most laps in the division.

“I give all the credit in the world to Joe,” Crews said.

“He’s an awesome driver. He’s a good competitor. To beat him makes me feel really good. The last couple of races he was the only person I was really racing against. He’s hard to beat. I was fortunate to come out on top.”

As far as the 2013 season is concerned, it is going to be a different kind of season for Crews. The reigning Pure Stock Division champion will not attempt to defend his championship, opting instead to focus his efforts on trying to move up into the Limited Sportsman Division ranks at the end of this season or in 2014.

“After accomplishing all of my goals in the Pure Stock Division, I feel like I need to move up and set new goals,” Crews explained.

“I want to try to rent or buy a Limited Sportsman car at the end of the season. So, I’m going to be working on Limited Sportsman and Late Model Stock Cars with Bruce Anderson. 

“I may squeeze in a couple of Pure Stock races,” he continued, “but my plan is to save up some money and get a Limited Sportsman car at the end of this season or in 2014.”

Crews said he is going to sell one of his two Pure Stock cars and put that money toward his attempt to move up in the racing ranks.

“I’m going to sell one of the cars and keep the main one,” he explained.

“My dad wants to keep that one for my little brother when he gets old enough to race so he can get in it. He’s eight-years-old, and he’s starting out in go-karts. I think he’ll be ready to go when he reaches 12. I love to help him, and I have fun teaching him things I know.”

Crews says it is going to be hard being at the track and not being able to race as much as he would like.

“It’s going to be real hard,” he pointed out.

“I’m ready to get into a car now. But, you have to make sacrifices to better yourself, and this is one of them.”