Cole Williams will be behind the wheel of a different ride during the final weeks of the 2021 season Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville.
The Borden, Indiana native has formed a partnership with Rackley W.A.R. that will see him join their driver development program while competing for his third Fairgrounds Speedway title.
While Williams would have loved to claim another track title with his own program, he said the decision to join Rackley W.A.R. made the most sense to achieve his short and long-term goals.
“We have a championship that is reachable, which is our primary goal,” Williams said. “With the resources [Rackley W.A.R.] provides on and off the track, it allows me to focus on my driving and I haven’t really been able to do that with our family operation.”
Currently third in Fairgrounds Speedway’s Pro Late Model standings behind Michael House and Dylan Fetcho, Williams joins a growing list of developmental drivers for Rackley W.A.R. that include Kyle Neveau and Blaine Rocha.
Neveau and Rocha have both found success with Rackley W.A.R. at Fairgrounds Speedway. Neveau is fifth in the Pro Late Model standings while Rocha is fresh off a victory in the most recent event back on Aug. 7.
The burgeoning driver development program is only a small part of what has been a year of tremendous growth for Rackley W.A.R. co-owner Willie Allen, who claimed a Fairgrounds Speedway Pro Late Model title back in 2015.
Allen paired up with Rackley Roofing owner Curtis Sutton to expand his Pro and Super Late Model programs while also fielding a full-time team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series that is currently being driven by Late Model Stock standout Josh Berry.
Having raced against Williams plenty of times during the second half of the 2010s, Allen is confident that the addition of the 25 year-old to Rackley W.A.R. will end up benefitting both parties.
“We’re really happy to have Cole back with us,” Allen said. “He ran some races with the team back in 2016, so he has an insider’s point of view on how we operate and what to expect. We’re all a lot better than we were five years ago and there’s no reason we can’t go out and win races.”
Williams has always considered Allen to be a great mentor throughout his career and is grateful to even be considered for the opportunity to pilot one of his Pro Late Models.
As a driver who methodically progressed through the ranks, Williams has no intention of wasting his starts with Rackley W.A.R. and hopes that all of his hard work and determination results in many more years of success at Fairgrounds Speedway.
“Growing up, our family never had the money to do the things we are accomplishing today,” Williams said. “My mom and dad have been a big part of making sure that I was given the right opportunities to be successful. I am also blessed with the sponsors that have allowed me to perform at the level I’m at today. I simply couldn’t do it without them.”
Williams will only have three more opportunities to chase down House for the track title. His first appearance with Rackley W.A.R. will be a doubleheader from Sept. 17-18 before taking part in the 100-lap Pro Late Model support race for the All-American 400 at the end of October.