Can local driver become the Taylor Swift of racing?
Larry Woody, Correspondent
Updated Jan 15, 2014 at 9:53 PM
Young Lebanon race driver Dylan Fetcho hopes Scott Borchetta can do for his racing career what he has done for Taylor Swift's singing career.
Borchetta, founder and owner of Big Machine Records, discovered Swift several years ago when she was 14, and helped turn her into one of country music's biggest stars.
Now he is taking a similar interest in the fledging racing career of 13-year-old Dylan, sponsoring his cars this season and in 2015.
"This is a major deal for Dylan," says his father, Scott Fetcho, who has been a friend and racing associate of Borchetta's for many years. "It's not just the financial support; having someone as well-known as Scott Borchetta involved with our team, and having Big Machine Records on our car, will attract a lot of attention. It's a dream deal for a young driver."
Borchetta, whose Big Machine Records lineup includes some of the music industry's biggest stars -- Swift, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Florida Georgia Line and many others -- has an equal passion for racing.
He won three track championships as a driver at Nashville's Fairgrounds Speedway two decades ago, and was co-sponsor of the Indy 500 car driven by the late Dan Wheldon. This season Borchetta is sponsoring a 24 Hours of Daytona car fielded by Ganassi Racing, in addition to Dylan Fetcho's Legends and Quarter-Midget cars.
Borchetta said he is excited about his involvement with Fetcho's race team.
"Scott (Fetcho) and I have been competitors and friends since the 90's," Borchetta said. "He was a class act on and off the track, and I'm sure he's instilled the same traits in his son Dylan. I look forward to a lot of wins."
Borchetta, who competed primarily in the Fairgrounds' Supertruck series, added: "I've always believed in, supported and raced in local-series racing, and hoped that one day I'd be in a position to help young drivers. We are now in a fortunate place where we can support the process."
Scott Fetcho, who owns and operates Precision Auto Body in Lebanon, built Borchetta's first Legends race car 16 years ago, and the two have been associates ever since. Borchetta sponsored a car that Fetcho drove in 2006, his final season of racing before stepping aside to assist his son with his career.
It was about that time that Borchetta began promoting a teenaged singer named Taylor Swift, and predicted that someday she would be a superstar. Fetcho hopes Borchetta can work the same magic for his son Dylan, a student at Southside Elementary.
Dylan will run for the Legends championship at Highland Rim Speedway this season, and compete in whatever races are held at Fairgrounds Speedway. He will also run approximately 12 races in the Quarter-Midget Series at various tracks around the country.
Next season he will make his debut in the Late Model Series, again with Big Machine Records as a sponsor. Borchetta will attend as many of the races as his schedule permits.
"Having someone as prominent as Scott Borchetta involved with our team is huge," Fetcho says. "Media attention and publicity are critical for a young driver, and Scott will bring that to our team. It's up to us to capitalize on it."