HUTCHENS HEADS TO NEW HAMPSHIRE FOR SECOND NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST START FOURTH-GENERATION RACER POISED FOR NEXT STEP ALONG CAREER PATH

LEXINGTON, N.C. (September 18, 2013) -- Fourth-generation racer Trey Hutchens is poised for his second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East start in Saturday’s North America Power 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Hutchens, currently competing in select NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) Late Model Stock races at North Carolina short tracks, climbs behind the wheel of the No. 15 Trey Hutchens Racing Chevrolet Impala with sponsorship from MilitaryWarriors.org, Impact Gel, WIX Filters and Technique Engineering Chassis Components.

The high school sophomore made his K& N Pro Series East debut in June at Langley (Hampton, Va.) Speedway shortly after he turned 15 and thus met the mandated minimum-age requirement for the division, widely considered an entree to the NASCAR Camping World Truck or NASCAR Nationwide Series. Hutchens aspires to be a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and has played a significant role in preparing his Triad Racing Technologies-powered car for Saturday’s event.

“This week is all I’ve thought about since my last K&N Pro Series race,” said Hutchens, son of JTG Daugherty Racing competition director, Bobby Hutchens. “I rush home from school every day, knock out my homework and then go work on my car. The more I’m behind the wheel, the more I know this is what I want to do with my life. I truly appreciate companies like Military Warriors.org, Impact Gel, WIX Filters and Technique Engineering Chassis Components, who support my goals and are helping me achieve them.”

The A-honor roll student scored a fourth-place points finish and Rookie-of-the-Year honors in the 2012 American Speed Association Limited Late Model Series at Ace Speedway (Altamahaw, N.C.) in his first season in a stock car. Additionally, he notched seven top-five and 18 top-10 finishes in 26 Late Model and Limited Late Model starts in 2012-‘13 at Ace and Caraway Speedway (Sophia, N.C.), as one of the youngest competitors in each event.

Hutchens’ 2013 resume also features the prestigious Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, a Late Model race for charity, and the NWAAS’ inaugural UNOH Battle at the Beach, a non-points event contested on a temporary four-tenths-of-a-mile track at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in February.

The Lexington, N.C. native made his racing debut in a Quarter Midget in 2009 as an 11-year-old, shattering the NCQMA Speedway (Salisbury, N.C.) track qualifying record and finishing second in the feature event in just his first attempt. For more information on Hutchens, please follow him on Twitter @treyhutchens

Saturday’s race is scheduled to be broadcast Oct. 2 at 12:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.