Third Sunset Sweep Of Season For Holdaway; New Motor ComingMonday - August - 2015
ORILLIA, Ont. (August 10, 2015) – The dream season for the Holdaway Motorsports team continued this weekend as Taylor Holdaway earned his third sweep of the season on Saturday, August 8 at Sunset Speedway.
Another pair of feature wins gives Holdaway nine victories in his last 11 starts, including the Garry Reyonolds Memorial in June. Holdaway also set the fast time of the night, the fastest one of the season, at 14.620 seconds. The impressive stretch has allowed Holdaway to climb back from a more than 70-point deficit to now lead the championship standings.
“It’s definitely been kind of a dream roll that we’re on. We’re not going to change anything we’re doing. We had one game plan and that’s what got us to where we are,” said Holdaway. “We’re just going to keep doing that until the end of the year and see if we can make a run at the national championship.”
It was an impressive night again for Holdaway who used the advantage of his pole starting position to lead all 35 laps of the first feature race.
“In the first feature I kind of checked out by seven or eight car lengths. There was a caution with five to go and Jason Witty was in second. We were side-by-side for the last five laps,” said Holdaway, who prevailed with the victory.
The win once again put Holdaway 14th on the starting grid for the second 35-lap showdown. After a flurry of cautions in the opening 10 laps, Holdaway was lucky to avoid involvement.
“We won the second one, but it wasn’t easy by any means. The first little while I was just biding my time. The guys in front of me kept spinning each other out,” said Holdaway.
The driver of the No.41 Holdaway Automotive / ImageFactor.ca Toyota narrowly averted disaster on a couple of occasions as he tried to come through the field.
“Every single wreck was right in front of me. When Goetz got spun in to the wall, I had to go in to the grass to miss it,” explained Holdaway, who then barely missed an incident involving Thayne Hallyburton and Frank Daveys. “There was probably an inch between the wall and Daveys’ car. I just squeezed through the little hole.”
When the race settled down, Holdaway found himself just outside the top-five and drove to fourth by lap 12. From there, it wasn’t long until Holdaway was able to get by both Gord Shepherd and then race leader Rick Walt for the lead.
“I just went to the top and drove around the top three. The car was on rails. It was working really good,” Holdaway explained.
Following the race, Holdaway was the subject of a motor claim. Another competitor in the field claimed his GM 602 Crate Motor. The Holdaway Automotive team worked well in to the morning to remove the power plant, but Holdaway isn’t concerned.
“We’re trading in a three year-old Crate motor for a brand new Crate motor. It’s good that the track has the rule in place,” said Holdaway. “We’ve been working hard on our program this year and it’s not the motor doing it. We have no worries. It’s not like we’re losing a big part of what’s making us successful right now.”
Holdaway returns to action this Saturday, August 15 in search of another set of top finishes in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly action. Full event details are available at www.sunsetspeedway.ca.
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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Photo Credit: Eric Uprichard