SELLERSBURG, Ind. — official release — Cole Williams Racing photo —
Despite a racer’s best intentions, a schedule is never quite set in stone.
Car troubles, weather issues and other obstacles can throw even the best-prepared driver a curve ball. In the case of Indiana’s Cole Williams, such challenges have forced the 2014 Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway track champion to re-evaluate his 2015 season.
“We were planning on running a handful of races with LMR Motorsports at Motor Mile Speedway in Virginia, but it sort of came apart before our first test,” said the talented and promising young driver. “I was looking forward to racing over there, but we couldn’t agree to terms. There are absolutely no hard feelings involved, but it won’t happen this season.”
Now, instead of running a Late Model Stock Car for the first time ever this year, Williams and his family-owned Cardinal Services/Bordeau Metals/Rite-Way Chevrolet pro late model team will return to race more often at I-44 Speedway in Lebanon, Missouri.
“We’re still focusing on defending our championship at Nashville and running all the races there, but we’ll be heading back to I-44 several times this season,” said Williams, the 2013 track champion at the three-eighths-mile high-banked track. “I-44 is a track we dearly love. It’s where I learned to race a late model and we seem to always have a good car there.”
The rainout of the May 30 Mercy Masters of the Pros 144 at I-44 was disappointing to Williams and his team, but they plan on returning for the rescheduled July 4 race date. The strong JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour entry list boasts 37 drivers from across the U.S. and Canada.
“We tested there and were a ton faster than we were last year,” said Williams. “Our new Port City chassis performed great and we are ready to make up for what went down in last year’s race. We were leading at the break after 100 laps, but a flat tire cost us the win. It was the big victory that got away and we’re looking forward to giving it our best shot at winning again this time around.”
In addition to competing in more races at I-44, Williams plans on running in at least one race in the Show Me the Money Series at Montgomery (Ala.) Motor Speedway and at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., to get ready for the Snowflake 100 in December.
While Williams has only been on the track a handful of times this season, being selected as one of the seven Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP) drivers has been a huge accomplishment that he is extremely proud of.
“Being chosen as a KDDP driver has given us a lot of exposure and it’s been great to share Alan’s story with all the fans,” said the Indiana University Southeast engineering student. “Alan Kulwicki will always be a big inspiration for me and to have his colors on our car and my uniform is such a tremendous honor.”
Williams returns to action this Saturday night at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway for Country Music Night at the historic 0.596-mile high-banked oval.
CREDIT: Kulwicki Driver Development Program