Name - Cole Walker
Date of Birth - May 5, 2000
Marital Status - Single
Pets - Pug Chihuahua Mix (Sneaky) and Jack Russell (Buddy)
Favorite Food - BBQ Chicken
Favorite Music - Country
Favorite Track - Martinsville Speedway
Years In Racing - 4
Tracks I Have Competed At - Shenandoah Speedway, Southside Speedway.
Career Accomplishments - A Total of 12 Top 10 Finishes, 2 Top 5 Finishes and Finished 7th in Point Standings at Southside Speedway.
Biography - At an early age Cole took a great interest in NASCAR racing. As he was growing up, his interest in racing was also growing. At the age of five Cole started to discover some of his father’s old racing trophies and his old late model under a tarp in the barn. Cole started to ask his father (a lot) of questions about his racing career. His father explained all of his trophies in order of which he earned them. That's when the big question came, "what is the race car under the cover in the barn daddy?" His father would continue to explain that he was in the process of building that late model car to race in the 90's, but sadly sponsorship didn't come though.
Also at this age, Cole was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes which came as a huge to surprise to his friends and family but, especially him. Cole and his family had to be taught how to manage and control his blood sugar. Cole dreams to be just as successful as NASCAR Xfinity driver Ryan Reed, who has also had type one Diabetes since an early age. Cole is heavily involved with the American Diabetes Association and is now in the process to gain funds in search of a cure.
Today, Cole is very involved with racing and is going to school become a Mechanical Engineer. Cole first got involved with racing late models at Southside Speedway in Midlothian, Va. Cole was given the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business like Eddie Johnson, Rick Townsend, and Henry Marano. All three mentors gave Cole extensive knowledge in the mechanic and suspension parts of the car. He was practically the Crew Chief of his father's number 17 Ford Fusion and Ford Mustang in the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
The following year, 2016, Cole was given the opportunity to get in the first race car he'd ever driven. Cole expressed many times that he was nervous but confident about how the result would be. About 2 weeks before open practice Cole's father went ill with a bloodstream infection and was no longer able to work on the car for another month or so. Cole had to step up to the plate and apply all the knowledge he'd learned over the past few years in order to have his car ready for competition. He applied a base setup that he knew was a good starting point to get the car where it needed to be. Cole stayed in the race shop until 2 am some nights trying to make his dream become possible.
Two weeks later the car was packed away in the hauler and headed to the race track. This was Cole's time to prove himself. Cole's first ever full speed lap at Southside Speedway was a 16.013, not to bad for someone who'd never set foot in a race car. The average lap time at Southside is a 15.00 second lap. Cole was over joyed and was ready for the first race of the season.
In 2016, Cole competed in all 12 feature races in the Late Model Division at Southside Speedway. Cole finished the season with a total of 8 top ten finishes and 7th in the point standings at the end of the season. As of now Cole is focused on advancing his career as a Mechanical Engineer and a race car driver.
In 2017, unfortunately Cole only ran 4 races due to a lack of funding and support. He decided to run two races at Shenandoah Speedway where he scored a 4th place and a 5th place finish in the two times he appeared there. he also decided to go back to Southside Speedway to compete scoring two Top 10 finishes.
Now in 2018, Cole decided to take a season off from racing and focus on his college. He now attends Patrick Henry community College where he is working toward his Motorsports Engineering degree after receiving his Associates Degree in Precision Machining in may of 2018.Taking a year off has made Cole more eager and wanting to get back on the track as soon as possible in 2019.
Everyone, especially Cole is excited and looking forward to a season in the NASCAR Whelen All-American series. Cole says "our goal this year is just to be the best we all know we can be. We're going to come together as a team and finish it as a team." He also would like to give a big shout out to his sponsors, because it wouldn't be possible without them! Sponsors - Stuart Rolfe Automotive and Muffler, Chesdin Automotive Collision, Dewitt Tire and the Racing College of Virginia.