For three months, Late Model fans from all across the United States and beyond have flocked to Speed51.com to place their votes for the 2015 ARbodies Late Model Most Popular Driver Award presented by ARbodies. Hundreds of drivers from touring series and local short tracks received votes throughout the voting period, and after tabulating a near-record amount of votes it was a driver from Sellersburg, Indiana winning the award for a second time.
“That’s awesome,” Williams said after being informed that he was the winner of the award. “That really truly means a lot because it shows how much fan support I have behind me. I can’t thank them enough for supporting me.”
By winning this year’s award, Williams becomes the first two-time winner after also winning the award in 2013.
“It definitely shows how committed my fans are,” Williams stated. “I definitely don’t think anybody has a better fan base than me right now in the whole Late Model division. I can’t thank them enough. They’re definitely the number-one fans out there.”
For being voted by the fans as the 2015 Late Model Most Popular Driver, Williams will receive a free white “A” package body kit from ARbodies, located in Greenbrier, Tennessee. ARbodies has been the presenting sponsor of the 51 MPD voting since its inception in 2007.
“As the proud sponsor of the ARbodies Most Popular Driver Award on Speed51.com, it is always refreshing to see local drivers compete at on a national level with touring series drivers,” said Roy Dies, Jr., General Manager of ARbodies. “For the first time in the history of the award, not only are we able to congratulate a repeat winner in Cole Williams; but also have the entire top five swept by local drivers. We congratulate Cole and his team and fans on his second award, and wish his team well in the 2016 season.”
In 2015, Williams scored three wins in the Pro Late Model division at Nashville on his way to finishing second in the overall standings.
Another factor that could have very well contributed to Williams receiving an astonishing number of votes is his involvement with the Kulwicki Driver Development Program. Williams was a member of the inaugural KDDP class and received additional promotion as a result of being involved with the program.
“The KDDP gave me a lot of exposure,” he said. “I met a lot of people just because of that deal, which has given me the opportunity to reach out to more people and grow an even bigger fan base.”
Wyatt Alexander, a Super Late Model driver from the state of Maine finished second to Williams, while Ronnie Osmer, a Pro Late Model competitor at Mobile International Speedway (AL) and last year’s MPD award winner, finished third. Veteran racer and 2015 Mobile track champion Wayne Niedecken, Jr. was fourth and Five Flags Speedway (FL) champion Ryan Luza rounded out the top-five.
During the nine year history of the Speed51.com Most Popular Driver Award presented by ARbodies, eight different drivers have won the award. The list of winners includes Osmer (2014), Williams (2013), Kenzie Ruston (2012), Josh Berry (2011), Trey Mitchell (2010), Ross Kenseth (2009), Nick Murgic (2008) and Andy Pugh (2007).
ARbodies has become an innovative leader in the ABC body field, which was developed several years ago to help create a uniform set of body rules for Late Model series and tracks throughout the country, while also offering the bodies at an economical price for racers. ARbodies also offers cutting-edge body technology for a wide range of short track racing cars and trucks.
For more information on ARbodies, visit them online at www.arbodies.com and follow them on Twitter, @arbodies.
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