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Father, son swap paint and race finishes

Larry Woody, Correspondent • Updated Jan 2, 2014 at 10:58 PM

One of the toughest competitors Lebanon racer Scott Fetcho faced last season was his own flesh and blood -- his 13-year-old son Dylan.

And the same went for Dylan -- the two closest finishes he posted at Highland Rim Speedway were againstĀ  his pop.

"We loved it," says Scott, a veteran Middle Tennessee driver who son is considered one of the area's most promising young racetrack talents. "Dylan and I get a kick out of racing against each other."

In the first father/son race in the Rim's Legend's Division, Scott finished second and Dylan third. In their next race Dylan came in third and his dad forth.

Their third scheduled race -- the tie-breaker -- was rained out.

"It was a fun season," says Scott, owner and operator of Fetcho's Precision Auto Body in Lebanon.

Racers are generally ruthless when the checkered flag is flapping; was it difficult to try to beatĀ  his son?

"Oh no," Scott says. "It's like playing a round of golf against each other. We're both extremely competitive and want to win, but it's all in fun."

What does wife/mom Tana think about it?

"She's used to it," Scott says. "I was racing when we got married, and Dylan's been racing from the time he was big enough to sit behind the wheel. Racing has always been part of our family."

Dylan, who attends Southside Elementary, has four big-time Quarter-Midget races scheduled in coming weeks at a track in Columbus, Ohio. He will drive for a team based in Knoxville.

As for his 2014 area schedule, Dylan will run for his division's track championship at Highland Rim, and also compete in some races at Nashville's Fairgrounds Speedway. The schedule there has not been announced, but it is expected to be around six races, as it was last year.

Scott is building a new Late Model car which he plans to run in selected races this season. He will turn the car over to Dylan next year for his Late Model Series rookie season.

"Racing is all I've ever wanted to do," Dylan said in an interview last season. "My dad has been a big help and is my inspiration."

"He's a good driver," Scott says. "He listens and he learns and I'm pleased with how he's progressing."

As for who's the best driver, father or son, last season's family showdown ended in a 1-1 tie. They'll have to share bragging rights.

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