Cole Williams gave himself the Pro Late Model points lead at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway after a convincing win Saturday night. It was his second win of the season at the historic 5/8-mile, in a race which kicked off with chaos.
The only caution of the race was a big one, with a massive pileup on the backstretch triggered by contact between Billy Sisco and Howie DiSavino. Six cars exited the race due to the crash, with several more cars suffering severe damage.
It was the final run to the checkered flag that Williams used to his advantage.
“It seemed like it was a really good run. We kind of knew we had a good long run car throughout the whole weekend, that was something we worked on,” Williams told Speed51. “We thought, with the lower car count, we’d go green a lot more and that’s what ended up happening.”
His strategy for the 100-lap event was skewed with the impending threat of Mother Nature. Weather had already affected the day by washing out qualifying, and he was worried it would wash out a chance at a race run to scheduled distance.
“With rain coming in the forecast we didn’t know if it would go to halfway and start raining on us so I started pushing a littler hard at the beginning. Overall it ended up working out for us and we were able to pull off the win.”
After going into the night two points behind Dylan Fetcho, the two drivers flipped spots in the standings and Williams leaves with a slim lead with two races remaining.
“It definitely feels good having that momentum and having two wins already. We’ve got a really good program and a good platform right now, and the car is really good. Hopefully we can pull off more wins.”
Fetcho passed Hunter Wright late in the race to take the runner-up spot, just behind his closest points competitor. Fetcho had a different gameplan for the race, banking on a late yellow that never came.
“We saved the first 75 laps, that’s what I’ve been trying to work on and I think it’s starting to work out for us,” Fetcho said. “We were running the same lap times as the leader right there, we just didn’t get a late caution to race with him.”
He now finds himself in the same position he was in at the end of the season last year as the points runner-up. With a pair of races left in 2020, Fetcho is looking for that first win in his hometown to help propel him to a Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway championship.
“We’re still close, so I think if we can keep being consistent and maybe get a win this year, maybe we’ll wrap it up.”
Wright would finish third after leading the most laps, with All-American 400 winner Mason Mingus and Howie DiSavino rounding out the top-five.
Click here to watch a replay of Saturday night’s event at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo Credit: Speed51 Photo
Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway – Pro Late Model Results:
- Cole Williams
- Dylan Fetcho
- Hunter Wright
- Mason Mingus
- Howie DiSavino
- William Hale
- Daniel Bolden
- Stacey Crain
- Chase Johnson
- Michael Bolden
- Tracy Green
- Billy Sisco
- Dylan Jones
- Michael House
- Mike Murray
- Bennie Hamlett
- Garrett Dies
- Austin Wilson