No Sophomore Slump For Crews As He Claims Title In Second Season
South Boston, VA – After a solid Limited Sportsman debut at South Boston Speedway in 2014 that saw him win three races and finish third in the points, Trey Crews was confident 2015 could be a good year for him.
He just didn’t know exactly how good it would turn out.
Crews captured five races on the way to winning the 2015 South Boston Speedway Limited Sportsman track championship. He will be honored at South Boston Speedway’s annual awards banquet early next year, along with all other division champions.
“I knew we had a lot of support coming into this season. I think a lot of people were behind me to win the championship,” said the 20-year-old Crews. “I felt like we had the equipment and the knowledge to win a lot of races. I felt pretty confident going into the season.
”But this is a tough division at South Boston. There are a lot of good drivers, a lot of good teams. There’s a lot of good competition.”
Crews and veteran Danny Willis dominated the division in 2015, but down the stretch it was all Crews. Willis suffered a blown engine with a handful races to go and Crews went on a hot streak, winning three races in the final few weeks.
“He (Willis) had a 20-point lead with four races to go. I felt like if nothing happened it was his, but he had a motor issue,” said Crews. “Then we had a winning streak and we won it.”
Perhaps the biggest key for Crews’ championship run was his ability to avoid trouble.
“We weren’t really involved in any wrecks,” the Halifax driver said. “The car stayed in one piece. You can work on getting faster when you don’t have to worry about putting the car back together.”
Crews said it took the help of many to make the season so successful. His sponsors included Stallings Collision Center, Charles Anderson Lawn Care, Red Bull Oxygen, Team Industrial and Mincey’s Graphics.
And then there was the invaluable support of his dad, H.E. Crews, and friends and fellow racers Austin Thaxton, Bruce Anderson, Steve Stallings and Brian Tanner.
“I had so much support from so many people all season,” said Crews.
It’s early to be thinking about the 2016, but it’s already on Crews’ mind.
“I’d really like to come back and defend my championship,” said Crews. “A lot could happen between now and then, but that’s what I plan on doing.