Trever Feathers Excited To Make The Old, New Again; Welcomes New Key Partner For ’23
Story By: RICH WATTS / TREVER FEATHERS RACING – WINCHESTER, VA – Trever Feathers is excited to make the old, new again after reuniting with Larry Royston Racing and Barry Wright Race Cars, a chassis he drove to numerous wins in the first few years of his career.
Feathers is coming off a season in which he accumulated 7 wins, 4 of them in the super late model division wheeling a couple different chassis brands. It was certainly not a shabby season statistically, but entering the 2023 season in the seat of a Barry Wright Race Car has the Winchester, VA native’s confidence high and aiming for even more.
“We just couldn’t get longevity out of our cars the last couple years, so Larry went back to what we know. Barry’s cars are built well. You won’t find a better built car. They have great speed when they are right and they don’t drop off after a handful of races.”, Feathers shared.
“I know this car better than any other brand, so hopefully that translates to wins. We will have a Bloomquist car in the shop as our backup. They are great cars too. A very similar story actually in terms of durability and quality.“
Larry Royston Racing and Trever Feathers are especially excited to welcome new partner Hot Rod Septic Treatment to the team. The company is an industry leader in septic treatment technology for homes and RVs, plus they are great supporters of the sport of racing.
Clem’s Garage has also joined the Royston/Feathers team this season. Clem’s is a family owned shop in Stephens City, VA that has been around for over 75 years. They offer all types of auto repair and towing.
“A long time supporter of mine, North River Farms, has rejoined the team for the 2023 season as well. I want to give them a shout out and thank them for coming back on board.“, Feathers said.
“It takes everybody. To run a team like this, it takes a lot of resources. We are thankful for every one of the businesses, large and small, who have put their support behind us. We will represent and promote them to the absolute best of our ability to make sure the partnership is a win for them too.“
A portion of Feather’s schedule in 2023 will resemble recent seasons, with regular stops at Port Royal Speedway (PA), Winchester Speedway (VA) and Hagerstown Speedway (MD).
The remainder of the schedule will likely be a mix of visits to other areas. The team is looking at opportunities to pick up a race at Lincoln Speedway (PA), a Lucas Oil Late Model event at Georgetown Speedway (DE), and two-race weekends in Tennessee.
From the team’s home base in Winchester, VA, travel expenses to Pennsylvania and Tennessee are nearly identical, so the team will keep an eye out for weekends when it makes sense to travel south for two races instead of heading north for a single race.
“We are going to race smart and make decisions as we go based on our equipment and, to be honest, where we have the best chance of making money. We have to make our budget go as far as we can.”, Feathers shared.
Royston and Feathers are currently planning to race the Appalachian Mountain Speedweek, an early-June series that will consist of eight races spanning ten days across Central Pennsylvania and into Maryland. The series will stop at Clinton County, Port Royal, Hagerstown, Path Valley, Beford (2 shows), Lincoln and Selinsgrove speedways.
“We are actively working to bring in another partner to help us expand that schedule, but as things stand we are probably going to end up running about 25-30 races, similar to the past couple years. We can run 40 or more with a little help. We can bring a lot of visibility and promotion for our partners through broadcast races and our PR folks, so hopefully we can find that relationship that is a win-win for both us and them.“, Feathers added.
Feather’s goal for the season is not shaped around wins or any other statistics. His first goal is to establish a baseline setup that carries from track to track.
“If we can find a setup that I know I can pull into any track, unload and adjust from there, that is the foundation for success. If we can get there, then I know we can be competitive and race for wins anywhere.“, Feathers explained.
The Winchester, VA native says other goals will be centered around what they need to learn or achieve to reach goal number one. Those objectives will likely change week to week, but they will take it one race at a time.
As for a long term goal, that one is clear. Feathers would like to grow their program to be capable of touring on a national level.
“The long term goal may take a year or two, but to get there we need to focus on how we perform now and work on bringing in the additional partner(s) to get us there.”, Feathers said.
“I want to thank Larry (Royston) for everything he has done and for this opportunity. His businesses, Larry Royston Septic Service and Martins Pumping Service, along with Larry Royston Properties and Larry Royston Equipment are key partners for our team.”, Feathers said.
Along with the newcomers Hot Rod Septic Treatment and Clem’s Garage, Feathers also has a number of other key members of the team back again for 2023.
“Leggett Engine Research is supplying our power once again this year. They give us the best, most reliable powerplant we could ask for every year.”, Feathers commented.
“My Uncle Jimmy and McFarland Custom Painting and Wallcoverings has been with me since the start. Huge thanks to him. And of course I need to thank my dad, Bo Feathers, for everything he does for me. I couldn’t do this without him. All our partners, like Feathers & Sons Roofing, Coffelt Graphics and Billstein Shocks are important to us and we appreciate them tremendously.
“I want to give a shout out to Jonathan Dehaven. He has been a huge help with getting the parts we need“, Feathers concluded.
The 2023 season will kick off for Royston and Feathers at ‘The Speed Palace’ on Sunday, March 5th. The Hot Rod Septic Treatment, Larry Royston’s Septic Services, Martins Pumping Service, McFarland Custom Painting & Wall Coverings, Clem’s Garage, Leggett Engine Research, Feathers & Sons Roofing, Coffelt Graphics, Larry Royston Properties, Larry Royston Equipment, Bilstein Shocks, Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic, Bo Feathers Racing, Barry Wright Race Cars, No.20 is ready and waiting to go fast and get dirty.