Wenatchee, Wash. –When you talk about the all-time greats of short track Late Model racing, Garrett Evans is a name that will be in the conversation. Evans, 59 of Wenatchee, Washington is going into his 38th season of stock car racing. During an historic career that has seen him capture over 350 Feature wins across the country, 6 Touring Late Model Championships, including 4 NASCAR Northwest Tour Championships, and beat some of the best that this sport has ever seen.
This Saturday night at Wenatchee Valley Super Oval, the track the Evans bought in 1999 and has turned into one of the premier short tracks on the West Coast will see history made once again. This time it will not be about the win, but who Evans will be racing against. Evans 14 year old son, Jan Evans, and 20 year old daughter, Stephanie Evans, will join their dad on track in the Tri Track Super Late Model Series “Neal Newberry 150.”
Jan will be making his Super Late Model debut just 2 weeks after capturing his first career Pro-Late Model win at WVSO. “I’m really excited to be able to race against my dad and sister.” Said the younger Evans “I’m a little nervous because this is my first Super Late Model race, but my dad has given me a pretty good car and I’m looking forward to racing all the guys I’ve grown up watching my dad race against.” Jan will have some pretty good help in his corner as NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Crew Chief, Jason Jefferson will come aboard as his crew chief for the weekend. Jan also carries something special with his name, as he is named after Open Wheel Legend, Jan Opperman, a driver that his dad has referred to as a “God” of the racing world.
Stephanie already has a few Super Model races under her belt and raced against both her dad and her brother before, but never at the same time. ”I think it’s really cool for our family to be able to race against each other,” Stephanie said. “Racing has always been a big part of our lives and this will be a special weekend for all of us.” Although she didn’t get any wins this year, Stephanie has made huge strides in her on-track performance, including coming within 3 laps of capturing a win earlier this year in the Pro-Late Models before getting loose. and ending up second.
What does Dad say about all of this? “How many people in our sport can say they raced against both their son and daughter, not many? I’m really looking forward to this weekend and I hope that both kids can be competitive and enjoy themselves.” Said the Veteran Evans. “It will already be a special weekend as we remember Neal. He was a driver that I looked up to early on in my career and became a great friend. Now with the kids racing it kind of feels like everything is coming full circle.”
Although the veteran Evans is racing against many half his age, he hasn’t shown signs of slowing down. This year he is currently on top of the points for the Tri Track Super Late Model Series after 7 races. Evans has had success outside the series, including runner up finishes at both the Montana 200 and Evergreen Speedway Summer Showdown. “I still feel like I can race with the best of them, but with the kids growing up I feel I’m coming closer to the end of my career.”
All 3 of the Evans racing this weekend will have their hands full, with 23 other drivers vying for the win, including defending Neal Newberry Winner Shelby Thompson, Leonard Evans 200 Winner Tayler Riddle, Montana 200 Winner Owen Riddle and Doni Wanat fresh off his win at Evergreen Speedway last weekend. Drivers like Mitch Kleyn and Glenn Knutson look to move up in the point’s standings, as well as local favorites Brent Harris, Christian Roeder and Josh Roberts in action, plus many more.
Action gets underway Saturday with Qualifying starting at 5:00 P.M. Also racing will be WVSO local classes. Drivers will be racing for the $5,000 winner’s check in the Neal Newberry 150. For more information on the Tri Track Super Late Model Series follow them on Facebook.
– Tri-Track Super Late Model Series press release and supplied photos