Cole Williams is a two-time Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville track champion in Pro Late Models, the premier weekly division at the famed Tennessee oval. However, he has never had the opportunity to compete in a Super Late Model in the track’s marquee event, the All American 400.
That will change this November, as Williams has joined forces with Carswell Motorsports, returning to competition after a couple of years away from the sport.
Williams will be pulling double-duty on Sunday, November 3, competing in both his Pro Late Model and the Carswell Super Late Model during the 35th Annual edition of the event.
“I’ll be running with my own team for the Pro Late Model race,” Williams told Speed51. “I’ve also gotten confirmation and finalized that I’ll be running the No. 98 for Carswell Motorsports in the All American . It will be a busy weekend. It’s something I’ve never done before.”
While Williams competed in the All American 400 when it was a 300-lap Pro Late Model, this will mark Williams’ first shot at the event since its return to a 400-lap Super Late Model race.
“The only time I’ve raced the All American was when it was 300 laps with the Pro division. We qualified last year for the All American, but then it got rained out and never made up, so this will be my first time with the Super deal.”
Williams is excited going into the Super Late Model crown jewel, especially aligned with a team that boasted a strong resume before going on hiatus.
“It’s definitely exciting, especially running with Jake Carswell,” Williams said. “They have really good equipment. Daniel Hemric won the All American the year he was partnered with them. They’ve got the car capable of winning. They also run Port City Race Cars, so to be with a chassis and be familiar with everything going on with that team, I think it’s going to be a good combination. With practice and time, I think we’ll be able to run up front and compete for the win.”
He will also enter the weekend as the track’s most recent Late Model winner, taking the checkered flag in the penultimate race of the Big Machine Vodka Pro Late Model season last Saturday.
Williams snapped a three-year drought with the win, boosting confidence and alleviating frustration from a trying 2019 season.
“It’s been very aggravating being mediocre this year, running fourth or fifth in most of the races. Being so close to being fast but missing just a little bit here and there. We’re still not perfect but we’re competing with the guys running up front. It had been three years exactly that we had gone without winning,” Williams said.
“It gives us a ton of momentum going into All American weekend. I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be a busy weekend, running double-duty.”
While there are no concrete plans at this time for the Williams-Carswell partnership to extend beyond the All American 400, Williams hopes the duo can find some magic and compete for the coveted guitar trophy on November 3.
“We’re doing it one day at a time. Right now, we’re just shooting for the All American. It’s their first race back in a couple of years. It’s exciting for them coming back and exciting for me making my All American Super Late Model debut. Hopefully we can show out and maybe win the dang thing.”
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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