COLUMBIA, Mo. – Garet Williamson is about to embark upon his biggest racing challenge yet.
The 19-year-old, who drives for Bryant Paver, is tackling the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour in 2020. The series will feature more than 50 races in 17 states, ranging from California to Pennsylvania and from Michigan to Texas.
“Go big or go home,” Williamson quipped. “If we’re going to do it, we might as well do the whole thing. We want to learn as much as we can and make a name for ourselves.”
The team formed toward the end of the 2019 season and competed in seven ASCS-sanctioned events. Williamson’s best ASCS National Tour showing was a run from 22nd to 16th on Oct. 12 during the Fall Fling at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla.
His top sprint car result was a 10th-place finish with the ASCS Warrior Region on Oct. 5 at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo.
“It’s definitely a lot different,” he said. “It’s harder to be faster. Everyone is so good. It takes a lot of laps to be running up front. You have to be really consistent and can’t mess up. It’s a big learning curve.”
Williamson began racing go-karts when he was four years old. He transitioned into junior sprints before climbing into micro sprints at 10 years old. Williamson has also spent time competing in a midget.
Now that the focus is on sprint car racing, Williamson said the team only plans on running ASCS National Tour races in 2020.
“The goals are Rookie of the Year, no DNFs and to run in the top 10 as much as we can,” he said. “We have a good group of guys behind us that want to see us succeed. As long as they keep pushing me and I push myself we can do anything.”
The 2020 season kicks off February 28-29 at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz.