Northwest racing legend Garrett Evans is set to embark on what will potentially be his final year of racing with a trip to the opposite end of the country. The 64-year-old will make the most out of a trip east by making his debut in the 44th Annual Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway on the weekend of March 21-22.
Evans is scheduled to pull double-duty during the weekend, taking advantage of a rare opportunity to compete in a Pro Late Model for the Baby Rattler 125 on Saturday night before the Rattler 250 on Sunday. The team had planned to going to the east coast to compete with the CARS Tour while on a trip to Senneker Performance, but was swayed toward the Rattler after a conversation with one of the sport’s top tire guys.
“We have to go back and pick up the car in Michigan in the month of March and we looked at going to that CARS race at Hickory. We got talking to Wesley Weed and he was telling us about the Rattler and who’s going to be there and stuff. We decided it wasn’t too much farther down the road so we decided to go to that one,” Evans told Speed51.com. “We could bring both cars because they have a Pro Late Model race the night before.”
The Southeast region has seen its share of drama over the past several months in marquee races. Having watched CRA SpeedFest on the Speed51 broadcast, the show put on at the Georgia track has Evans itching to escape winter and climb in a race car to compete with the same drivers.
“I watched SpeedFest and it seemed like an intense race between Bubba (Pollard) and Stephen Nasse. We’re up here sitting in the snow wishing we could be doing some racing ourselves.”
It is a start to the 2020 season that will see Evans venture east for several races throughout the year. Along with the Southern Super Series, fans outside the Northwest can also see him at major races in the Northeast, Midwest, and even into Canada for the Canadian Short Track Nationals.
“We’re hoping to go to the Joe Shear Classic in Madison, Wisconsin. I think that’s the first weekend in May. Then we plan on coming back to the Oxford 250 and taking that race car to the Canadian Short Track Nationals up in Canada.”
At 250 laps, the Rattler is longer than any race Evans runs in the Northwest and his longest race since the 2017 Winter Showdown in California. He spent the latter portion of 2019 with a new Senneker Performance chassis, winning the Northwest Super Late Model Series Neal Newberry 125 at his home track, Wenatchee Valley Super Oval in the new car. He looks to build off the success he’s had with the new car at his Rattler 250 debut.
“We’ve got these new Senneker cars and I’m excited about that. We got to run them a little bit at the end of the season and we had success with them. It’s been really good to work with Terry Senneker. I’m looking forward to some good competition and see what we can do with them, we’re really excited about how they are.”
With the Rattler 250 comes a chance to meet the famed rattlesnake in victory lane. While he’s not a fan of snakes, Evans is willing to make an exception.
“I’m not a big snake fan but I’ll be okay with it if we win the race, that would be awesome.”
More information about The Rattler at South Alabama Speedway, including information about a live broadcast on Speed51, will be available soon.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent - Twitter: @kgeyer3
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