Holdaway Scores Second Sunset SweepMonday - August - 2015
ORILLIA, Ont. (August 3, 2015) – Taylor Holdaway continued his impressive streak with his second sweep of double NASCAR Whelen All-American Weekly Series features at Sunset Speedway on August 1. The pair of wins means Holdaway now has seven wins in his last nine starts at Sunset. Holdaway now has eight wins overall this season.
Holdaway was second-fastest in time trials, handing him a starting spot on the front row for the first 35-lap showdown.
“We were the first car to go out for qualifying and I hate being the first car. There’s always a little bit of stuff on the track, so to qualify second was good,” said Holdaway. “We haven’t qualified worse than second all year.”
The No.41 team wasted little time taking over the point and cruised to the first feature win. Starting on the front row has its obvious track position advantages, but also a little extra benefit, Holdaway said.
“When you have a good handling car up front, it saves the tires and doesn’t put as much wear on them,” said Holdaway.
The 14-car invert placed Holdaway in the 14th starting spot for the second main event and the No.41 team averted disaster early on when Jordan Latimer was involved in a major crash on the backstretch wall near the front of the field.
“When Latimer went up on the wall, everyone checked-up. I got on the brakes and had the wreck missed, but I got absolutely clobbered from behind. I was lucky enough not to damage the body, but it bent the fuel cell in the rear end. I got lucky that it didn’t leak,” Holdaway said.
The Orillia, Ont. pilot said the damage did not effect the car’s handling, but will require welding repairs prior to next week’s race. Holdaway said the team was “lucky” the damage wasn’t worst because it allowed him to continue the torrid pace he is on.
“Gord Shepherd and Thayne Hallyburton had a good battle going for the lead, so I let them sort it out. Gordie finally cleared him on the top and I followed him,” Holdaway explained. “The next lap, I passed him on the top. Once I got by him, we probably checked out my a half straightaway.”
Holdaway has taken a liking to the top groove on the speedway and did most of his passing there on his way to the front. Hallyburton posed a tough challenge on a trio of late-race restarts, but Holdaway held the point until the checkered flag.
The pair of victories unofficially pushed Holdaway to the lead in the championship standings with a full month of racing remaining.
“We’ve just got to keep rolling with what we’re doing. We can’t change what we’re doing now that we got there,” he added.
Holdaway Motorsports teammate Scott Wylie earned fourth- and sixth-place finishes.
The team will be back in action this Saturday, August 8 for another round of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Weekly Action.
Taylor Holdway’s 2015 season is supported by Holdaway Automotive, Imagefactor.ca Motorsports Design and Photography, Wix Filters, Castrol Canada, Kart Start presented by Toyota, Sunshine Super Wash, and Stefko Racing Engines.
Scott Wylie’s 2015 season is supported by Holdaway Automotive, Imagefactor.ca Motorsports Design and Photography, Pro-Am Belts, and Excel Racewear.
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