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Cole Bruce brings ‘flashy’ car to Thanksgiving Classic

It’s been an uneven Late Model Stock season for Cole Bruce but with a new partnership and a objectively gorgeous looking race car, the second-generation racer hopes to build momentum for 2024 on Sunday at the Thanksgiving Classic.

Specifically, the primary partnership is Flashpoint Logistics, a live events and fireworks consultant our of Fredericksburg, Virginia. The No. 31 is certainly flashy this weekend and Bruce hopes to make figurative sparks on the way to the finish on Sunday at Southern National Motorsports Park.

The car will also carry continued support for BF Caricofe, a family friend who recently passed, alongside returning partners Caricofe Towing and Auto Repair, Heflin Family Farms, Carlisle Home Inspections, Bryant Garage, Mid-Atlantic Towing, TORP chassis and DP Performance.

So how it going to race?

“Well, we’ve been here twice this year with different set-ups and the competition has been tough,” he said. “For us, the tracks with less grip tend to play in our favor and I think it just gives us a better shot to control our own destiny.

“Really, given how this year has gone, if we can finish with a top-10 that would be great, and a top-five would feel like a win.”

Bruce isn’t sure how much he is going to race next year. For one, he is off to college at Liberty University to pursue an aviation degree. He is already a private pilot and he is set to pursue a professional career in the field.

“We’re going to race as much as we can but it’s not going to be full-time in any capacity,” he said. “We’d like to run the Virginia Triple Crown, race as much as we can at home at Langley and maybe a CARS Tour race here or there.

“But as much as I love racing, it’s so hard to pursue it as a career path and I really enjoy flying and if it can help me keep the car on the track where I can, that’s the smart play.”

Like the rest of the Late Model Stock community, this is his last chance this year to make a statement and he can think of no better place to end the campaign.

“I love this place,” Bruce said of Southern National Motorsports Park. “The key for us is just the feedback I give. It’s a long race with a lot of different tire change rules that is going to change the balance and we have to stay on top of that. Keeping our drive off good.”

No matter how the day goes, Bruce certainly has one of the best looking cars out there though.

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He also has extensive experience covering NASCAR, IndyCar and Dirt Sprint Cars.

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