(2/13/24 – By Michael Gilmer) … After several years of hard work and success racing with the Hunt Wingless Tour, Jarrett Soares will be making a comeback to NARC 410 sprint car racing.

In fact, Jarrett and his father Steven were always one of the NARC series biggest supporters, not missing a single NARC-King of the West event from 2013-2016!  Steven feels a great connection and is very ready to rejoin the group.

“I really missed the NARC family the last few years,” admitted Steven. “We were going to come back sooner but then COVID hit, and nobody knew what was happening and everything got super expensive. I grew up watching guys like Brent Kaeding, Chuck Gurney and Tim Green. Then I later helped out Bobby McMahan. The quality of the drivers and teams is second to none. We are a small family team but I told Jarrett ‘I have a couple years left as an owner, and I want to run NARC to finish’”.

The driver out of Gilroy, California, competed at 20 events with the wingless tour in 2023.  His efforts produced 11 top ten finishes, including eight in the top five and a pair of hard-fought victories.

Jarrett is eager to get back to 410 sprint car racing and showcase his refined skills. With the race season just a few short weeks away, he’s definitely ready to go.  Even with his success with the non-wing tour, his decision to return to NARC King of The West was an easy one.

“The series and competition is second to none,” said Jarrett, “so it did not take much convincing. The team and I jumped on the opportunity to go back to King of The West as soon as the opportunity arose.”

So, will this newly found success translate over to a 410 sprint car? Jarrett seems to think so.

“Non wing racing has taught me patience with the car, learning when to be aggressive in a race, and has also helped me develop a better race craft that I hope will turn some heads.”

Jarrett isn’t one to shy away from tough competition and is looking to continue on his successful career path in a 900+ horsepower sprint car.  He is also excited to make a return to the Tulare Thunderbowl, the one-third mile steel-lined bull ring.

Jarrett’s comeback to 410 sprint car racing was not a task he accomplished on his own. He generously credits his team, his supporters, but most importantly, his father.

“My biggest supporter without a doubt has been my dad, Steven Soares,” said Jarrett.  “His passion and true grit for this sport is admirable. I feed off of his energy and we have made a great team throughout our racing career. He has a no quit, never say die attitude that has made my racing adventure beautiful.”

The feeling is mutual.  Steven has watched his son blossom into the driver he is today. Throughout Jarrett’s non-wing sprint car adventure, he has watched him improve all of the skill sets of his racing game.

“The biggest difference is that he has matured,” explained Steven.  “We ran NARC in 2014 to 2017 when Jarrett was only 15. He now understands how to put a night together and where to put the car.”

Collectively, they both feel the entire team has improved.  “We as a team learned how to run up front and be consistent,” Steven continued. “We also learned what Jarrett likes and how to give him the car he needs. We are building a new car and working hard to finish a good motor so we can run as many shows as our budget allows.”

Steven made it a point to thank Scott Martin, Brian Sperry, Anthony Horn and their families; Nick Larson, Mike Caldwell, Kaeding performance, FK Shocks, Blake, OGIO, and his daughters Kayla, Avery and Olivia. Without them, none of this would be possible without them.

Jarrett and Steven’s relationship and dynamic is amazing. They are not just two co-workers trying to succeed, but they are a team. They share the good times, and the bad. Jarrett expresses this when he refers to his racing experiences as, “our racing career”. They always work together, and they always hope to succeed.

So with NARC 65th Anniversary season on the horizon, keep a look out for the number 12 sprint car as it is sure to turn some heads.

ED NOTE:  Michael Gilmer is one of our guest columnist.  He is a 17-years-old high school student and resides in Diamond Springs, CA.