NASCAR & Auto Racing

Lake Norman High student Cole Timm competing for late model title

During the week, Cole Timm focuses on his classes at Lake Norman High School, but on the weekend the 15-year-old Mooresville resident straps into a super late model and competes for top honors on the Southeast’s short tracks.

With only one race remaining in the 2014 Pro All Stars Series South Super Late Model season, Cole trails standings leader Tyler Church of Hickory by 34 points. Midland’s Jared Irvan is third, 96 points behind Church. That means the top two drivers in the standings must only be concerned with each other heading into the Nov. 15 season finale at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly.

“I’m going to approach it as I would any other race,” said Cole, who has had one victory, five top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in a dozen races this season. “Just try to get our car to drive the best we can and be patient during the whole race, save our tires and when we get to the end of the race, if we’re not already up front, try to pick our way up there and race for the win.

“The biggest things I’ve learned this year are patience and how to not get overwhelmed with what is going on in my surroundings.”

Cole owns three state and three grand national championships in go-karts, which he began racing at age 7. When he moved into Bandolero racing he collected another title.

Cole also competed in Carolina Competition Sports Super Limited Series before heading into PASS’ Pro Late Model division. In two years in the PASS Pro Late Model Series, Cole recorded six victories, five poles and placed second in the standings both seasons.

Yet the teenager admits the championship competition he now faces is a first for him. When asked if he found it to be stressful, Cole responded with a yes and a no.

“We try and keep our mind off of points and just go out and race for fun,” said Cole, who works on his car with his father, Murray Timm. “But when it comes down to just two of you racing for it, you want to forget about it, but you know it’s there.”

Racing comes natural to Cole. His grandfather owned an engine building business in Kitchener, Ontario. His father worked in the business until he was 16 years old, when he decided to build his own race car. Murray Timm raced for a few years and also worked on a Canadian race team that competed in selected ARCA events.

“They came down here a few times,” Cole said. “While they were down here my dad and my uncle decided to look for a job down here and they both ended up getting hired.”

Murray sold his racing equipment and, along with Cole’s uncle, moved to North Carolina nearly 20 years ago. Today, Cole’s father works at Hendrick Motorsports, overseeing the car bodies produced for Jeff Gordon’s and Kasey Kahne’s entries.

Cole’s uncle, Marty Gaunt, owns Mooresville-based Triad Racing Technologies. They decided to channel their efforts into the PASS South Super Late Model Series for Cole because it’s “one of the closest and most inexpensive ones we found.”

After completing school, Cole would like to work in NASCAR.

“A driver would be awesome, but maybe as a crew chief; someone that works on the cars,” Cole said.

Show to feature Ruston

Mooresville’s Kenzie Ruston will be one of four NASCAR drivers featured in a new kid-friendly TV series called “Hammer Down.”

The series airs on Nicktoons’ NickSports TV block. Ruston’s episode will air later this month. Her ninth-place finish in this year’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings makes her the highest finishing female in NASCAR K&N Pro Series history. NickSports airs 9-11 p.m. Wednesdays.

Carolina Fall Nationals

The North Carolina Quarter Midget Association has scheduled the Carolina Fall Nationals for Nov. 23-29 at the organization’s Salisbury facility. The registration fee is $55 per car. To register: ncqma.com.

Spooktacular rescheduled

Inclement weather the first weekend in November forced postponement of Concord Speedway’s Spooktacular event to Nov. 22-23. The event will conclude the facility’s quarter-mile track’s fall series.

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