Cole Williams Pulls Double Duty at the SRL All-Star Showdownadmin
For Immediate Release
Borden, IN driver Cole Williams will make his third consecutive start in the Spears Srl Southwest Tour Series, when the SRL visits Irwindale Speedway for the “Sunrise Ford All-Star Showdown presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame”. Williams will be competing in both the Super Late Model 200-lap event, as well as the “Pro Late Model Showdown 150”, on the inner 1/3-mile oval. Williams could be looking at a possible $45,000 payday on February 6th.
The two-time Pro Late Model Track Champion, at both Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway and Lebanon I-44 Speedway, is the defending winner of the Pro Late Model race. He took home the $10,000 winner’s check, after a hard-fought race with 2018 SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series Champion Jeremy Doss. Williams and Doss tangled when a car slowed in front of the lead duo. Williams moved high to avoid the stalled car, making contact with Doss, causing him to spin. Williams went on to score the victory in his Collins Motorsports Pro Late Model. The two drivers will reunite in competition in both Late Model Divisions on All-Star Showdown Weekend.
“The race should be a good one, Williams stated. “Jeremy and the rest of the competition will make it a tough race for sure. It makes it even more important to have a fast car all weekend.”
Participating in both events, on two different tracks, in two different race cars, could be a challenge for both driver and crew. Williams and the Collins Motorsports Team will need to stay on top of the setup in both vehicles, and learn from their past experiences together over the last several of events.
“I think the biggest challenge will of course be making the right adjustments on the cars”, Williams assessed. “We have been doing a lot of R&D in the last 2 SRL races, and have learned a lot of what works and what doesn’t work to prepare for Irwindale. We feel are more prepared than ever.”
An additional challenge for Williams is the fact that he has never participated on Irwindale’s ½-mile oval. He will need to lean on his experience at other similar facilities and his observation of last year’s “Showdown” on the outer track, as Williams stated.
“I have never run on the ½-mile, but I have always wanted to. I was able to watch some of the race and practices last year, and have an idea on where to start.”
The three-time CRA JEGS All-Stars Tour Series winner has begun to accumulate more experience on the West Coast’s tracks. He has recently competed at Kern County Raceway and the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. His best SPEARS Southwest Tour Series finish thus far is a sixth at Kern last May. The Indiana driver is grateful for the opportunity to make the trip out west, and the support he has received to do so.
“As always, I want to thank Gary Collins for the opportunity to race with CMS”, Williams stated. “I would like to thank NAPA AUTO PARTS – Wyoming, Bordeau Metals, LLC, MMI Services, Inc., Collins Motorsports Race Development, and Central Valley Transport for their support of our efforts at the Showdown.”
Fans can keep track of Cole’s progress over the weekend at the new Collins Motorsports Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cmsracedevelopment/ or at Cole Williams Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/colewilliams46.
With the help of Bob Bruncati and the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, the 2021 “Sunrise Ford All-Star Showdown 200” will pay $30,000 to the winner of the 200-lap feature event at Irwindale Speedway. The Spears Pro Late Models presented by Sigma Performance Services, as well as the Spears Modified Series will join the action, racing for $15,000 and $5,000, respectively. An optional Test Day is slated for Thursday, with the official Practice Day getting underway on Friday.
Saturday will see the Pro Late Models practice from 11:00 AM to 11:45 PM. The Super Late Models will be on-track from 11:45 AM to 12:30 PM. Qualifying for all divisions will begin at 2:30 PM. The Modifieds will go first followed by the Pro Late Models and Super Late Models. Opening Ceremonies are slated for 4:30 PM, with “B”-Main Events set for 5:00 PM. The “Pro Late Model Showdown 150”, “Modified All-Star Showdown 100”, and the “Sunrise Ford All-Star
For those unable to attend, the event will be shown live at www.SpearsRacing.TV and on a delayed basis on MAVTV.
Celebrating its twenty-first season in 2021, the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series is a regional stock car series competing on paved ovals in the southwestern portion of the U.S. “The SPEARS Southwest Tour Series…Where the Champions Race”.
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