WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — John Holleman started off the 2022 season at Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with a strong run in his family-owned No. 69 modified, running as high as fourth. Unfortunately, a broken upper A-Arm and a broken front shock eventually led to brake line failure resulting in a 12th place finish.
The team’s weekend started off with some mechanical issues in practice, including a fire caused by a hole in the power steering unit. There was no major damage, and John qualified well, resulting in a fifth place starting spot for Saturday’s big event.
When the race got underway, Holleman felt that the pace the leaders were setting was too fast for such a long event, so he fell back outside the top ten and just tried to manage his tire wear. That strategy seemed to work well, as he ran the fastest lap of the race on lap 160.
He was running in the top five when the left front suspension issues crept in. “I was hanging on for dear life after that happened,” the driver said. “But we were still running in fourth and running fairly strong. Once we lost the front brakes though, the car was unsafe to drive so that ended our day. It’s not about how you start, but how you finish. This isn’t the start my team and I would have wished for, but we know it’s a long season ahead and we will finish strong and keep our heads held high.”
The next race for John and the team is at Bowman-Gray Stadium on Saturday, April 29. The modifieds run twin-25’s that night, so John says the team will be super-focused on qualifying because it is such a short race and track position will be key.
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