Cole Williams had marked himself as one of the hottest drivers in Pro Late Model racing after he captured the win at the Short Track U.S. Nationals earlier this year at Bristol Motor Speedway. He reminded everyone of his capabilities again this weekend as he found his way to victory lane for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Master of the Pros 144.
“It meant a lot to us because its is something that we have been trying to win for the last few years so it was really big for our team in general,” Williams told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
The Master of the Pros 144 at Lebanon I-44 Speedway stacks up as one of the biggest Pro Late Model races in the country while boasting a $8,000 paycheck that Williams found his name on later that night.
Everyone knows that anytime Indiana native shows up to a race track he is in contention for the win. The 2016 Nashville Fairgrounds Pro Late Model Champion didn’t think they could out-do their last season but have done just that this season.
“Ever since we won about a month ago we have been knocking them off but it has been pretty overwhelming. Especially getting Bristol and then turning around and getting this has been exciting. “
Williams is a NASCAR Missouri State Champion and I-44 Champion so there was no doubt he would find himself in contention for the Master of the Pros 144 win. It wasn’t an easy task as he had serious competition in his rear view mirror as Stephen Nasse lurked behind Williams for the win.
“The whole second half of the race he was right there. He definitely had a fast car and with both of us being fast we were really even. I knew if I slipped up just a little he was going to be right there.”
Late in the race Nasse had mechanical issues and would slip back to a seventh place finish.
“We tried to hit our marks the best that we could to stay in front of him and it paid off.”
With victory comes confidence and Williams hopes to add more big Pro Late Model shows to his 2017 season and keep his hot-streak alive.
“We are going to run the 200-lapper at Montgomery later in the year and we have talked about running the Snowflake as well but that one changes all the time. We are actually getting prepared to head to Nashville this Saturday. “
Story By: Hannah Newhouse- Southeast Correspondent- Twitter: @hannahnewhouse
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