19 year old, Cole Williams received word late Friday evening that he had captured 2 wins in a row at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville.
The youngster is certainly making a name for himself running up-front with some of the most elite names in racing such as Sterling Marlin, Jeff Green, and Willie Allen. The 46 machine took the checker flag in 3rd position for the Big Machine Records 100 lap feature in front of a record crowd for the back to school celebration.
However, after a couple of postrace disqualifications in tech, Cole was awarded the win. Although, the team struggled early in the season it appears that they have found some momentum.
“We had some issues early in the season with figuring out the handling of the car using the new tires, but I think we are headed in the right direction now,” stated Cole. Although, not beating them to the line is not the way he would’ve liked to have won the race, he says they’ll take it.
“We’re a small family team and that $5,000 will help our program become stronger and more competitive moving forward. I hate it for the guys that were disqualified, but at the same time I’m not complaining either,” smiled the driver of the 46 machine.
There wasn’t much time for the team to celebrate the win as they had already loaded up to head to I-44 Speedway in Lebanon, MO to compete in their “Our Town, Your Town” event. This event has a history of drawing in a large crowd and this year would be no different. Cole and team know this track fairly well after capturing the NASCAR Whelen All-American Missouri State Championship 2013, so they already have a pretty good set up package for the historic track.
Saturday night, Cole started 6th out of the 16 cars that signed in to compete. At the drop of the green flag, Cole found himself moving to the front quickly. Once he took the lead, he never looked back bringing the car home to victory lane.
The teen was all smiles in victory lane after completing a polish victory lap in honor of Alan Kulwicki, “The last time we were here, the car was really fast, but we cut a tire down with just a few laps to go. We knew we had a car that could win and she proved it here tonight.”
Cole was also selected as 1 of 7 finalists to compete in the Kulwicki Driver Development Program this season. Although, his season was off to a slow start with several rainouts and a change to his schedule, he is definitely making a statement with what could be an incredible comeback. “
They released the points in June and I’m sitting in last place. Not exactly the position you want to be in, but Alan considered himself the “underbird” because of the small team and low funding,” exclaimed Cole. “So it is only fitting that with us being a small team to be the underdog. We even have a borrowed hauler like he did.”
There are a lot of people that help make Cole’s dreams come to life.
“We always have to thank the Lord for all his blessings. He continues to be my pilot on & off the track. We also have incredible sponsors that are always there, Cardinal Services, Bordeau Metals, Rite-Way Industries, JOES Racing, Wheel Chill, JEGS, Wallace Race Car Lettering, Bower & Associates, MPM Marketing, and many more. Big thanks for Port City and Phil Harper for helping to ensure we are the best we can be each time we pull out on the track. Special thanks to all the crew that works on the car constantly to give us the competitive edge. Special thanks to the wonderful people at KDDP, the opportunity that they’ve presented me with is immeasurable. Also, my family, friends, and fans, who are always there to show their support. I’m truly blessed with all the support everyone gives.”
You can learn more about Cole by visiting www.colewilliamsracing.com as well as following him @colewillracing on Twitter or Cole Williams Racing on Facebook. For marketing opportunities please contact Tonya McCallister with MPM Marketing.