The Pro Late Model points battle at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway was turned on its head late in the 100-lap feature Saturday night. Cole Williams and Dylan Fetcho entered the day tied for the points lead, having combined to win all but one weekly race in 2020. They finished third and fourth in the event, but it did not come without controversy.
Their points battle came to a head on-track in the final 10 laps Saturday night. The two drivers made heavy contact entering turn one with eight laps to go while battling for second, which resulted in Fetcho going for a spin and Williams nearly going around as well. Both drivers were sent to the tail for their roles in the incident.
Both drivers were unhappy with each other post-race, resulting in a shouting match between the two teams in post-race tech.
Williams gave his side of the story over the PA after the race, then later to Speed51.
“I thought it was going to be a smooth race, everyone was running their own race and everyone was giving a bunch of room there. I don’t know what happened with the No. 89 (Fetcho), it’s now the fourth time we’ve gotten into each other,” Williams told Speed51. “From my view he came down on me, he got loose. After that, we both got loose and he came down and it ended up finishing him and I ended up saving it after he was spinning.”
Williams would find his way back to third with help from a separate incident that took place on the ensuing restart, and will take a slim point lead going into the finale on All American 400 weekend. He says his frustration stems from other run-ins that have taken place throughout the year.
“It’s just aggravating. I haven’t yet talked to Dylan yet about everything but it’s the fourth time he’s done something to me. He keeps telling me we’re going to run each other clean and then anytime we get near each other he drives through me. He drove through me last race and this incident this time. It’s an aggravating deal but we still made it back up to third.”
Fetcho saw the incident differently than his counterpart. When asked about his take on what happened Saturday night, his answer was short and to the point.
“It was pretty obvious, we just got ran through into one and two,” said Fetcho. “We got dumped.”
Fetcho would finish one spot behind Williams in fourth at the end of the race. That, paired with qualifying points earned by Williams will have Fetcho entering the finale on All American 400 weekend mere points behind in the standings, just like he was one year ago in a tight race with Jackson Boone.
He was sure to acknowledge the tight battle going into the final race of the 2020 season.
“I know he took the lead now, but we’re still close going into the last race. It’s going to be hell.”
Williams has since turned his focus to the finale on Halloween weekend. He has been in his share of close points battles at Nashville over the years, with two track championships to his credit.
“It’s still the same goal, we’re going to try to win races and if we do then it’ll take care of itself,” said Williams. “We’ve got some momentum, we’ll have a little bit of a comfort zone after qualifying and getting that two points, then I don’t know what the difference was for the race. We won’t focus on that too much, we’ll just go in and do our best and if it’s meant to be, we’ll get up there and win it.”
In what might be the only thing the two agree on at this point, Fetcho has also shifted his attention to the season finale and chasing after his first track championship. His only finish off the podium in 2020 came in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour-sanctioned Masters of the Pro’s 150, which paid show-up points to every driver in attendance.
“I feel fine. We’ll make the car better than it was tonight and we’ll give it our best shot.”
Fans who missed Saturday’s wild Pro Late Model feature from Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway can watch a replay here on Speed51.TV.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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