BARRIE, ON – Following his move from the now defunct entry-level MIGHTY Division to the wildly competition NASCAR Mini Stock division, second-generation racer Dylan Holmes has dedicated himself to climbing through the division’s rankings with every start.
Holmes currently sits 14th in Sunset Speedway championship points standings and is excited for the opportunities headed his way through the second half of 2017.
“We had a pretty good understanding coming into this season that it was going to be a huge step up in competition,” explains Holmes.
“Because of that, we’re a lot more focused on learning and improving than we are on results. Our focus is just to keep our feet moving. Keep pushing forward and getting a little stronger every weekend”
And while Holmes found success within the MIGHTY Division, he makes sure to clarify just how different the two classes of four cylinder racing truly were.
“The MIGHTY Division and Mini Stock cars look the same – but the experience is way different,” says Holmes. “The Mini Stock veterans are just so much tougher. They’re a lot harder to beat. They’re seasoned and they’ve been around longer enough to have learned all the tricks”
“It’s not easy to get the upper hand on guys like that,” adds the Barrie, ON racer. “But, even if you’re not beating them, guys like Eric Yorke, Doug Butler and Nic Montanari are good enough that you can learn something from them even if you’re finishing behind them. It’s all about soaking it all in”
When asked of his team’s mindset following the first half of his freshman season, Holmes is forthcoming in explaining just where his HWY 400 Transmission-supported outfit expect to be.
“Our team is full of perfectionists,” laughs Holmes. “We’re never going to be happy with ‘good enough’. So, we’re going to keep pushing. We’re putting the time in at the shop and just logging laps to figure this deal out. I don’t want to just be another guy on this roster. I want to get to the point where I can say that I can run with – and beat – anyone in the province.”