Holdway Wins 8th, But Suffers Broken Rear-End In Roller Coaster SaturdayTuesday - September - 2016
Taylor Holdaway celebrates a win in his Bay Auto and Truck Parts No.41 Toyota at Sunset Speedway. (Thompson Photography photo).
ORILLIA, Ont. – September 13, 2016 – Taylor Holdaway won his eighth Limited Late Model feature of the season on Saturday night at Sunset Speedway during NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action. The No.41 team went from high to low, though, in the second 35-lap race when a broken rear-end dashed the team’s hope of a second-straight top-five finish.
“The car was a rocket ship. We were on target to go in there and do what we said we needed to do, which was win both features,” Holdaway said. “We won the first one and the car was really fast in the second one at the start.”
Holdaway timed in third fastest to earn that starting position for the first 35-lap feature.
“We got up in to second fairly quickly and then Travis Hallyburton and I had an awesome side-by-side battle. We ran side-by-side for the last 17 laps and put on a good show for the fans,” Holdaway detailed.
“It was good short track racing and we weren’t beating and banging off each other. We were able to clear him on the white flag lap. We got up to a couple of lapped cars and were able to get in front of him to hold on for the win.”
The win put Holdaway 12th on the starting grid for the latter half of the twin 35s. He moved his way through the field to third before he felt a rocker stud break and the engine lose power. He maintained a top-five spot until the rear-end also broke with three laps left.
“It’s one of those freak things you can’t even be mad about. What are the chances of having a motor and a rear-end go in the same race?,” Holdaway said.
“We were kind of hanging right in there. You could see the car was losing power on restarts, but once we got going and could stay on the top we could hang in with everyone. We were running fifth with three to go, but then the rear-end finally let go.”
The 15th-place finish didn’t completely ruin Holdaway’s championship hopes. He fell one point further to Gord Shepherd and now sits 11 markers back entering the final night of competition on September 17. The No.41 team faces an uphill battle, but it’s one Holdaway believes they can win.
“The competition is so close at Sunset that anything can happen in one 35-lapper,” he said. “The mentality isn’t really changing. We’ve still won eight features this year and 22 races in the last two years. There’s nothing to hang our heads about. We’re just going to go in to this last night to try and add a couple more to the total.”
While he sits second in track points, Holdaway leads the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Provincial points and will have that under consideration this weekend as well.
“We’re leading the NASCAR provincial points and we have to be smart about that as well,” he said. “As much as we are going to try and win the track championship and try to win both races, we definitely need to make sure we stay on top of the points as well.”
Race time for championship night at Sunset Speedway is 5:00pm. Additional event information is available at www.sunsetspeedway.ca.
Taylor Holdaway 2016 Stats – 25 Starts: 8 Wins, 16 Top-5s, 19 Top-10s
September 17 – NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Championship at Sunset Speedway
Taylor Holdway’s 2016 season is supported by Bay Auto and Truck Parts, Holdaway Automotive, Image Factor Motorsports Design and Photography, KartSTART presented by Toyota, Joes Racing Products, Yamaha Motor Canada, Wix Filters, Castrol Canada, Sunshine Super Wash, Hall Tree Farms, Mechanix Wear and Stefko Racing Engines.
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