After a violent crash that ended his Snowflake 100 early in December, Dylan Fetcho is hungry for success at Five Flags Speedway in 2019. This Friday, the Lebanon, Tennessee driver will head to Pensacola, Florida for the second race of the Allen Turner Pro Late Model season on the heels of an eighth-place performance during his return to the track in April.
Fetcho is feeling confident going into Friday night’s show following his career-best finish at the half-mile oval. However, the 18-year-old racer and his team are not complacent with the top-10 run their last time out.
“I’m feeling pretty good. We plan on doing better than last time,” Fetcho told Speed51.com. “It was nice to come back and actually finish a race there. We finished top ten there and we were pretty pleased with it.”
Fetcho’s top-10 finish at Five Flags Speedway in April came in his first trip back to the track after a wreck during the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 that left his car completely destroyed. His team was able to salvage some parts off the car, but they were forced to buy a new chassis from one of Late Model racing’s best in order to compete in 2019.
“We were running top five early in the race, I think it was lap eight,” Fetcho said about the Snowflake 100 wreck. “The car on the outside of me that I was passing, I guess he got loose and hit the wall and came back down the track and took me out. We saved some parts off that car and we had to get a used chassis from Donnie Wilson.”
Since that wreck, Fetcho has had a string of solid performances that started at the Alabama 200 in early March, finishing sixth in his first start at Montgomery Motor Speedway while filling in for fellow Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville competitor Stacey Crain. He has since added the eighth-place finish at Five Flags Speedway in the Allen Turner Pro Late Model opener and a fourth-place run in the season opener at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.
Fetcho, who finished second in Pro Late Model points at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville last season, enjoys his trips south to Five Flags Speedway because of the competition the Allen Turner Pro Late Model Series provides on a race-to-race basis. He feels like anytime he can have a good run at the Pensacola speed plant it gives him a boost of confidence.
“In my opinion I think it’s the most competitive Pro Late Model track around,” he said. “It feels good to get to run there and try to compete with them guys. We just got to get a good long run car and see how it works out.”
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN & MI)
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