“The sport is time-consuming, expensive and often frustrating, and I probably wouldn’t still be in it if it wasn’t for Dylan,” Scott said. “He enjoys it, he’s good at it, and I remember how I felt about racing when I was his age. It’s something we can do together, so we’ll keep going as long as he’s interested.”
That could be awhile. In addition to running another full season at Nashville’s Fairgrounds Speedway, Dylan plans some races this year in Montgomery, AL, and will enter the prestigious Snowball Derby this winter in Pensacola, FL.
“I’ve loved to race [for] as long as I can remember, and that hasn’t changed,” said Dylan, who began driving go-karts at age 4.
“We’ve spent all winter working on our car and getting ready for a new season,” added the Wilson Central High senior. “I can’t wait to get started.”
Dylan is considered one of the area’s top young talents. He finished an impressive fifth among 44 drivers in last season’s championship standings in the premier Pro Late Model division. That was just one position behind two-time Daytona 500 winner and four-time track champion Sterling Marlin.
Another young Wilson County racer, William Hale, finished seventh and won Rookie of the Year.
Reflecting on the past season, in which his best finish was second place, Dylan said, “It wasn’t bad. It was alright, but I expect more this year.”
Dylan, who has won more than 150 races in various divisions over the years and captured a Legend Series title at Highland Rim Speedway two years ago, said he intends to be more of a hard-charger this season.
“At times last season, I wasn’t aggressive enough,” he said. “That’s one of the lessons I learned.”
Knowing first-hand that one crash can destroy a race car and wipe out a season, Dylan acknowledges that he has to walk---or drive---a fine line between aggressiveness and caution.
“That’s something every race driver has to do,” he said. “You can’t win races if you’re not aggressive, but at the same time you have to keep yourself out of trouble. Sometimes it’s not easy to do. That’s part of the learning process that comes with experience.”
Scott is the owner of Fetcho’s Precision Auto Body Repair in Lebanon and, as he quips, that’s a good business to be in for a racer. Crumpled sheet metal goes with the territory, and one bad crash can demolish a $40,000 race car, for which there is no insurance.
“Racing has always been expensive, and gets more so every year,” Scott said. “It requires a considerable investment.”
A sponsorship by Big Machine Records is helping pay the bills, founded by Scott Borchetta, a long-time friend of Scott Fetcho and a fellow racer. Boasting some of the music industry’s top stars, such as Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw, Big Machine Records attracts attention to the team.
“Scott (Borchetta) is a former racer who knows the sport first-hand,” Fetcho said. “His support means a lot.”
Dylan said he is aware---and appreciative---of the support from his parents, and agrees with his father that racing forms a strong bond.
“My dad and I work on the cars together and he coaches me when I’m on the track,” he said. “He makes a lot of sacrifices to support my racing, and without him I couldn’t do it. He knows how much I appreciate it.”