@41Holdaway • @Sunset_Speedway • ORILLIA, Ont. (May 18, 2015) – The finish couldn’t have been any sweeter for Holdaway Motorsports as drivers Taylor Holdaway and Scott Wylie finished first and second, respectively, at Sunset Speedway’s Spring Velocity invitational on Sunday afternoon.
The win was Holdaway’s first of the 2015 season and Wylie’s best Sunset finish to date. Holdaway started third for the main event after winning both of his heats and rolling a three in the invert as the top qualifier.
Holdaway quickly maneuvered past polesitter Tom Walters before tracking down Billy Zardo for the lead. The Orillia, Ont. native took over the point at lap 10 and never looked back.
“It was probably one of the easiest races I’ve ever driven,” Holdaway said. “I was able to get out front and just kind of go on cruise control and not have to use up my stuff or push it too hard.”
Wylie started seventh in the main event and began a methodical march to the front.
“When the holes opened up, I took advantage of them. By the time I got to second, Taylor was about ¾ of a straightaway ahead,” Wylie said. “I would like to have seen a late race caution to see if we had anything for him, but it’s still a really good finish for both of us.”
The two drivers were quick immediately after unloading and only made small adjustments to adapt to changing track conditions. The race saw just one caution period, just past the halfway point, while allowed both Holdaway and Wylie to improve on the long run.
“I was able to save the tires so I wasn’t overheating any tires and I was able to keep that going,” Holdaway said.
“On the long runs, our cars don’t seem to fall off as much as everyone else,” Wylie added. “You could see that as the race went on, their handling was going away, but we seemed to stay pretty consistent.”
The Holdaway Motorsports duo has a weekend off next week before the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series points chase continues on May 30. Wylie and Holdaway sit 6th and 15th,, respectively, in the current standings, but the position is largely due to mechanical failures on opening night. Since then, both drivers have been consistent.
“It’s way too early in the season to look at points. We just want to be at the front and in the top three as much as we can,” Holdaway said.
Wylie is content with the way his season has developed in the opening week.
“Things are going quicker than expected. We’re up front pretty much every week,” Wylie said. “I think now we’ve got what we need to get a win, moving forward.”
Both drivers are conserving their tire arsenal for the late stages of the season in order to be in top form in the championship-deciding races.
“We’re just going to run as many nights on them as we can, that way the last couple races we can bolt on new sets,” Holdaway said.
Neither car needs many changes when weekly points racing resumes, which means business as usual. It’s merely extra homework and basic preparation, a scary forecast for the rest of the field.
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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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