Holdaway Wins First Late Model Championship At SunsetWednesday - September - 2015
ORILLIA, Ont. (September 16, 2015) – Taylor Holdaway capped a dream season in Sunset Speedway’s NASCAR Whelen Late Model division with his 12th weekly win of the season and his first career Late Model championship.
The win was a triumphant end to the 2015 season and Holdaways 14th total win this season, including invitationals, in 24 starts.
“Anytime you win a championship in any division it’s amazing, but to do it at Sunset with the high level of competition that’s there, the names you’re racing against – guys like Tom Walters with 30 championships – it’s definitely awesome to see all of the hard work pay off,” Holdaway said.
“It’s nice to go do your championship speech while being in victory lane at the same time.”
The championship tastes even sweeter for Holdaway who suffered a DNF and DNS on the first night of the season, putting him outside the top-20 in points. He rebounded with 21 consecutive top-five finishes in weekly action while winning a pair of non-NASCAR invitational races at Sunset.
“I was the first one to say that I thought our season was over before it started. To go on the streak that we went on, to go 21 races and not have a finish outside the top-five, it was just a consistent year and everything fell together perfectly.”
The championship season is complete at Sunset, but one week remains in the national NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship. Holdaway currently sits third in the national points and is in line for a $5000 NASCAR bonus. Regardless of where he winds up, he has already created a piece of motorsports history.
“We’ve locked up being the highest Canadian in the history of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, and we’re the first ever NASCAR champion at Sunset, so that’s cool,” Holdaway said excitedly.“The goal going in to the year was to be the first NASCAR champion at Sunset, so we fulfilled our goal.”
The final win was symbolic of the season as Holdaway came from the middle of the field and overcame late race adversity to claim the victory.
“At the end, we were running in third and we used up the tires a bit trying to come through the field. I don’t think I would have caught Travis Hallyburton and Gordie Shepard. Jordan Latimer blew up and Gordie and I got in to his oil. Gordie hit the wall and I was able to save it,” Holdaway explained.
“That put me second and once I got on the outside of Hallyburton, I was able to get by on the restart with seven to go. The luck was on our side with the cautions and the way they fell. It was definitely the way you want to end the year.”
Holdaway’s season is not over as he will enter a pair of invitationals before the Ontario racing calendar comes to a close. He will compete at Sunset’s Velocity Weekend on September 26-27 and at Peterborough Speedway’s Autumn Colours Classic on October 9-11.
“The last couple of weeks have been pretty stressful with the national points,” Holdaway said. “Now that we’ve got that over with, we can just go out, have some fun and try to win races. There’s no pressure anymore so we’ll see what happens.”
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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