2016 has so far been a growth year for Garret Archer as he looks to parlay his skill behind the wheel of a Super Late Model to move to the next level of success in stock car competition. His season has had its share of ups and downs, testing his resolve to make driving his full time career. Disappointing finishes at the Winter Showdown in February due to electrical issues and at the Summer Showdown in June when he was put into the Turn One wall on Lap 9 after a 5th position start were interspersed with a respectable third place finish at Yakima in the Apple Cup and a sixth place in the Northwest Super Late Model 125 in Spokane in May.
In April, in a move to gain experience and exposure in the much more competitive race series on the East Coast, Archer went straight to the home of NASCAR - Charlotte, North Carolina - for a successful tryout for Coulter Motorsports. In the seat of Coulter’s #2 car in June, Garret qualified a promising 5th in the CARS series “Do The Dew” 200 at Tri County Motor Speedway in Hudson, NC. When the green flag dropped, Archer was forced back several positions due to a failed headset plug that left him without a spotter to call his position in the pack. Running silent, Archer stayed just behind the lead group and saved his tires, waiting for a yellow flag so he could reposition himself for a strong finish. Incredibly, the caution never came, as the race ran under green from start to finish. His 11th place finish was not what Garret had hoped for in his East Coast debut, but he has absorbed the learning experience and is working on additional opportunities to get him more time on the track with his East Coast peers.
All trials breed strength and create opportunity if approached with the right attitude, however, and that has proven to be the case for an increasingly mature and experienced Garret Archer. A phone call from Jeff Jefferson of Jefferson Pitts Racing opened the door to put Archer in the seat of one of JPR’s cars for the upcoming K&N Pro Series West NAPA Auto Parts 150 to be held at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA on August 13th. The JPR team has been having great success in the K&N Pro West series with drivers Noah Gragson and Gracin Raz, who are currently standing 4th and 5th in overall points, respectively.
This will be Archer’s K&N series debut and he is optimistic that he will do well. The transition from Super Late Models to the K&N car is a small step and the 5/8ths oval at Evergreen is Archer’s home pavement. Garret will be aiming to pair JPR’s demonstrated skills with the car setup with his own native talent to run up front with the JPR team drivers and pit himself against series point leaders Ryan Partridge and Todd Gilliland. As the sole Northwest driver in the upcoming race, Archer will be the hometown favorite and the pressure will be on to take the checkered flag for his loyal fans. The race will also be an opportunity for Garret to showcase his talent for a wider audience in the nationally televised event.
All eyes will be on Garret Archer to make an impact in the upcoming K&N Pro Series West race at Evergreen as he takes a pivotal next step up the ladder towards his ultimate goal of competing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series.