WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – John Holleman proved that persistence pays last Saturday at Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina as he parked his Holleman family racing No. 69 Modified in victory lane for the first time this season in the second of the night’s two 50-lap features. He finished seventh in the first race.
Early in the evening, Holleman battled a “tight” condition with the car, qualifying sixth fastest and drawing the fifth starting spot in the first race. He battled hard, but fell back a couple of positions, choosing to keep the car in one piece for the potential of finishing higher with a better handling car in race two. Crew chief Brian Loftin was back with the team on Saturday, and he made all the right adjustments.
The winner of race one always determines the starting lineup for race two by virtue of drawing a number for how many cars would be inverted. Remember, John finished seventh in race one. The invert turned out to be 8.
That meant he would start outside pole. He took the lead on lap one and never looked back on his way to his first win of the season!
A flag-to-flag victory was a huge confidence boost for a team that knew it could win but has had a rash of mechanical issues that have plagued them all season long. The smiles after the race said it all for Holleman.
“Brandon (Ward) and Junior Snow definitely put the pressure on there throughout the race,” the happy winner said. “But I was determined not to let this one get away. It was great having Brian back with us. He was the key to me winning tonight. We were just too tight in race one and when you have so many fast cars as we do here, you’re just not going to go anywhere with a car that won’t turn. I just wanted to keep it clean so we would have time to make changes for the second race. Thank God for a safe race and thank you to my crew and all of my sponsors and fans for all of their support. We gained another ten points in the championship race, closing from 36 points back to 26, so hopefully this win will shift momentum for us, and we can get right back to victory lane this week.”
If you cannot get to the track to see John race in person, you can watch all of the Bowman-Gray Stadium racing live each Saturday night via pay-per-view on FloRacing.com.
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