The event is called the North South Shootout, but this year one of the top Super Late Model drivers from the West Coast will be invading Concord Speedway (NC). 2015 Tri-Track Super Late Model Series champion Garrett Evans will be making the trip from Ardenvoir, Washington to compete in the Pro All Stars Series sanctioned event on November 7.
“Our season is over with and we still wanted to do some racing,” said Evans. “Freddie Query is building me a brand new car right now and I wanted to have an opportunity to spend some time with him to go over what we’ve got going on. I’ve got a lot of friends back there and it’s a good chance to hangout and also get to do some racing, too.
“Tom Mayberry is a good friend of mine and I’m looking forward to going back and racing his series.”
Throughout his career, Evans has competed at short tracks from coast to coast but to this day Concord is still his favorite. He says he couldn’t be any more excited to return to the track and tackle the famous tri-oval.
“I used to race there in the 90s when they had the Big 10 Series. It’s probably my favorite track out of all of the tracks I’ve raced at over the years.
“At one point it was kind of the proving grounds for young guys who wanted to jump up to the next level so you had some really good competition. I just love the race track. It’s a tri-oval, it’s really fast and very challenging. It gets your attention. Out of all the race tracks I’ve raced it, I’ve raced at Bristol, Slinger and all kinds of different tracks, and that place is just so special. There’s something about it when you go through that dog leg that I really like.”
Evans last raced at Concord in 2012 when PASS hosted the Mason Dixon Meltdown at the track. He finished 16th in that race after suffering a flat tire while leading on lap 124 of the 200-lap race. This time around he’s hoping to have the same type of speed and some more favorable luck.
“When we ran it a couple years ago we worked our way up into the lead and was leading it before we got a flat tire,” Evans explained. “Hopefully we’ve still got something for them. We’re bringing the crate motor car because that’s what we have right now that would be legal.”
As far as the competition he’ll be going up against, Evans is quite sure of what to expect. The faces have changed and are a lot younger than what the 59-year-old last went up against on the East Coast.
“I haven’t been out there in a few years so a lot of the guys I don’t know who they are because they’re all younger guys,” Evans said. “When I get in my car and get going I forget that I’m almost 60 years old and I think I’m a younger guy too and have fun with it.”
At the age of 59, some may wonder why Evans continues to travel coast-to-coast to go racing. The answer is simple: he doesn’t know any other way.
“I’ve always been doing this since I’ve had my driver’s license,” Evans stated. “I’ve always traveled. I raced motorcycles for six or seven years and I used to have a race five or six night a week. It’s just racing for me. I like it.”
Traveling to the East Coast also gives the racer/business owner a chance to get away from a few headaches that he deals with in his life away from the race track.
“I have a car lot and leasing company so that keeps me busy with that kind of business,” said Evans. “I also own a race track and this Tri-Track Series, so to get away from all of those responsibilities and headaches is fun for me. We just come out and have a good time and go race.”
In order to get to the 13th Annual John Blewett III Memorial North South Shootout, Evans and crew will need to travel nearly 2800 miles. It will take them three or four days just to get to the track in order to unload.
“I’m driving. I’ve got a guy coming with me to help split up the hours,” Evans said. “I’ll have quite a few miles driving before I even get to the race track.”
Entry forms for the $10,000-to-win John Blewett III Tour-Type Modified North-South Shootout event, as well as the $5,000-to-win Mr. Rooter SK Modified event, are currently available by visiting www.northsouthshootout.net.
Entry forms for the Pro All Stars Series race can be found by visiting www.proallstarsseries.com.
Practice day kicks off the 13th Annual North-South Shootout on Thursday, November 5. Additional practice and qualifying will take place on Friday, November 6, with the North-South Shootout main events taking the green flag on Saturday, November 7.
For more on the 13th Annual North-South Shootout, visit www.northsouthshootout.net.