Trey MankerAge: 14
Born: Feb. 15, 2002, Twin Falls, Idaho
Resides: Twin Falls, Idaho
Team: Phil Giebler Racing
At the age of 14, Trey Manker has driven to karting championships in seven straight seasons and is a top contender in the Snake River Karters JR2 class to keep his career-long streak going in 2016.
Manker has one victory and two second places in this seasons three rounds and is nine points behind 2016 leader Jacob Smith with rounds scheduled for Aug. 6-7, Sept. 10-11 and Sept. 25 at Snake River Karting’s home track at Glen Morgan Raceway in Star, Idaho.
Manker had a spectacular season in 2015, taking the Snake River Karters’ titles in JR2 Animal with four wins and two seconds and the JR2 Idaho State championship. Manker set the Snake River Karters’ track record in JR2 with a 19.8-second lap on the quarter-mile road course.
In 2014, Manker was the Junior Stinger champion and Rookie of the Year at Magic Valley Speedway in his hometown of Twin Falls, Idaho, and was second in Snake River Karting’s JR1 with two victories and a second.
Manker drove primarily on the one-ninth mile dirt oval at Sandhollow Raceway in Caldwell, Idaho, in 2013, becoming the Outlaw Kart Hotrod Champion and Rookie of the Year. He also won the Colby Solomon Memorial Tater Cup at Sandhollow and was runner-up in the Dirty Cup and Dirty Nationals at Meridian (Idaho) Speedway and the Northwest Winter Nationals.
In 2012 and 2011, Manker took the Snake River Karters Junior 1 championships. He had six wins in 2012 and four straight victories to close the 2011 season. Manker was the 2012 and 2011 Idaho State champion in JR1. In 2011, Manker was the Larry K. Memorial JR1 champion. Manker also raced in International Karting Federation Region 6 in 2011, finishing third in the Animal Light and Animal Heavy points.
Manker was the Rookie of the Year and fifth in Snake River JR1 Animal and the Magic Valley Karters JR1 Animal champion in JR1 in 2010.
Beginning his competition career in 2009, Manker was the Magic Valley Karters Kid Kart champion and Snake River Karters Kid Kart co-champion.
“I began my karting career by simply going to a race when I was six (2008),” Manker said. “My dad’s friend invited us out to watch his kids driver. When I saw them out on the track, I was still not very interested. I fell in love when I was offered the opportunity to drive a kart around the pits. I am thankful my dad (Bill Manker) made me give it a try. Six months later, I had my first Kid Kart.”
Bill Manker is a former stock car driver and it was an inspiration for Trey to begin driving Mini-Stock Cars at Meridian Speedway and Pocatello Speedway in 2015. In addition to his karting, Trey Manker has also been racing a Mini-Stock at Meridian and Pocatello in 2016 and also plans on running a few Outlaw Mini-Stock races throughout the Northwest.
“I have memories from when I was a toddler of seeing my dad’s car and seeing him in newspapers,” Trey said. “He was the coolest guy in the world to me. This is what influenced me to want to drive cars when I am older for sure.”