The Pacific Northwest has produced a handful of notable drivers who have risen to the highest levels of motorsports. Now there is a new crop of drivers emerging from the region and making the cross-county move in an attempt to take that next step forward in their racing career. Washington’s Garret Archer is one of those drivers, and a name that may very well catch the racing world’s attention in coming years.
Despite still being fairly fresh at 20 years of age, Archer has put in a lot of time in Super Late Model competition centered mostly around his home track of Evergreen Speedway (WA). After running around Washington for a couple of seasons, Archer hit the road for the first time in 2014, running the full SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series schedule for NTS Motorsports where he earned Rookie of the Year honors and finished fourth in the championship standings.
After spending most of 2015 running Legends Cars to save up money for future endeavors, Archer is back racing Super Late Models in 2016. This weekend Archer is getting the opportunity to fly to the East Coast to run the CARS Tour Super Late Model race at Tri-County Speedway (NC) with Coulter Motorsports.
It’s an opportunity that Archer is more than thrilled to take.
“I’m really excited, it’s going to be awesome. I went back and watched Orange County, it’s an awesome series. It’s one of the best I’ve seen in all my years of Late Model racing,” Archer told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
At this time, no future races are planned with the team but they plan to assess things after this weekend’s race at Tr-County.
While Archer has enjoyed racing back home, he knows this is an opportunity to really test his racing skills against tough competition.
“It’s kind of a step up. These guys are all on their ‘A-game.’ Up here in the Northwest we have about eight to nine cars that can win the race on any Saturday night, while back on the East Coast if there’s 20 cars running a race, than 20 cars can win the race,” Archer explained. “That’s the real difference. Every car, every team, every driver is the best. If you want to win, you got to be at your best, and give it that extra effort.”
Though the plan is to focus on the Super Late Model effort, Archer has NASCAR aspirations, and hopes to begin those aspirations this season.
“We’re trying to figure some sponsorship stuff,” he said. “If we can get sponsorship we’d like to do a K&N or Truck season fulltime in the next two years or so.”
Archer hinted at the possibility of running the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West event at Evergreen in August, an event which would bring his racing career full circle.
-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com State Editor (CT, MA, LI) – Twitter @Connor51CT
-Photo Credit: Garret Archer Twitter