CONCORD, N.C. – Cole Glasson will do something he’s never done on Saturday at Hickory Motor Speedway when he competes with the CARS Response Energy Tour for the first time.
Glasson, 17, will be competing in the late model stock car division Saturday at Hickory, a track the native of Dallas, Texas, has made many laps at during the last two years.
“The major excitement comes from the fact that it’s going to be pretty much at my home track,” said Glasson, who will be driving for Lee Faulk Racing and Development at Hickory. “I raced at Hickory pretty much all last year and a lot this year. It’s good that I have a lot of experience going into this race which gives me a lot of confidence.
“Being that it’s a touring event with more competition than I’m used to at a weekly show, that’s definitely a confidence booster going in there having a lot of confidence at that track.”
Glasson has raced almost exclusively at Hickory since last year when he joined Lee Faulk Racing and Development. In 18 starts at Hickory Glasson has finished inside the top-five 12 times, though he has thus far failed to find victory lane.
That’s something he’s hoping will change on Saturday.
“It would be huge for us. I’ve been looking for my first win with Lee Faulk and we’ve just been knocking at the door week after week,” said Glasson, who recently finished second in a weekly event at South Carolina’s Greenville Pickens Speedway. “My personal goal, for me, would be to get a top-five and show that we have the speed to be at the front. To get in the top three or even a win would be like astonishing for me.”
Michael Faulk, Glasson’s crew chief, thinks Glasson has as good a shot as anybody to win on Saturday night at Hickory during the 150-lap late model stock feature.
“I think our expectations going into this weekend are going to be a lot like any other weekend,” Faulk said. “We’re at the point with Cole now where we expect to go win races. I know we haven’t gotten that accomplished yet with Cole, he’s run second more times than I can count, but I’m just ready to get him in victory lane. He’s got a lot of laps around Hickory with us and I feel like our cars are going good there right now. So I think we’ve got as good a chance as anybody.”
Glasson believes the key to contending for the victory on Saturday will be tire conservation, something the Faulk team has worked with him on over the last two years while racing at Hickory, which is known to be particularly rough on tires.
“They’ve really been working with me over the past year, year and a half getting me to really save those tires,” said Glasson. “For this 150-lap race that’s going to be key to being there at the end.”
In addition to the race Saturday at Hickory, Glasson said he plans to race in at least two additional CARS Response Energy Tour events later this year, including the Throwback 276 at Hickory Motor Speedway on Aug. 4 and season finale at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway on Nov. 3.
Glasson said his car will carry sponsorship from AM Technical Solutions, McCallister Precision Marketing, Champion and Mystery Tackle Box.