The first five races of the K&N Pro Series East season haven’t been easy for Colin Garrett.
Three top 10 finishes in five races for a second year driver doesn’t look bad on paper, but Garrett holds himself to a higher standard. He’s had race-winning speed in a couple events, but failed to capitalize. In others, they were just off, translating to frustration.
"It’s been a year of ups and downs," Garrett told NASCAR.com. "We started off pretty good at New Smyrna, led 64 laps. Then we went to Bristol, had a chance at a top five there, I kind of messed us up. Then we went to South Boston, finished sixth and it kind of went downhill from there. We showed some speed at Memphis qualifying second. But on Lap 3, we kind of dropped way to the rear. We don’t exactly know what happened, we’re going to try and test to figure it out."
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Memphis, the last race on the K&N East schedule, happened nearly one month ago. In the meantime, the Elmo, Virginia, native has tried to stay busy racing late models at his home track of South Boston Speedway as well as spending time on the simulator.
But off the track, the 19-year-old has been introspective, and he’d had a myriad of time to think.
"Been trying to get my thoughts together. This season has been pretty rough on me," he admitted. "We started off really good in the super (late model) and the K&N car […] a lot of stuff (has just happened), not even of my doing. Been a lot of questions of if I can still do it."
Garrett said he’s questioned his confidence for pretty much the entirety of the season. It hasn’t helped matters that as of late, the luck for Garrett hasn’t turned around.
"We really haven’t had a good run all year," he said. "We were running fifth at Richmond in the super and an ignition box went out. Little stuff like that keeps happening. Obviously, getting wrecked at South Boston (in Twin 100 No. 2). It’s been a year of ups and downs and just trying to stay focused on what I want and for New Hampshire, I know that’ll be a good track for us."
Garrett will be racing at SoBo again this weekend, hoping to end up in Victory Lane to break the bad luck streak and get his 2019 season back on track.
As for the K&N side of things, his No. 18 Sam Hunt Racing team is taking it on a race by race basis, and are planning on being at New Hampshire Motor Speedway next month.
"Hopefully we’ll know something here in the next week or so," he said. "That’s been another thing to go along with (everything). It’s a lot of unsure stuff going on. Hopefully we make it to New Hampshire, that’s the plan. Hopefully we’ll follow through with it and have a good run."
The United Site Services 70 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 20 at approximately 6:45 p.m. EST. FansChoice.TV will have live coverage of the event.