ORILLIA, ON – Multi-time Sunset Speedway Limited Late Model champion Taylor Holdaway started off his 2019 campaign with an impressive 6th-place finish in Cordele, GA as part of the 125-lap Pro Late Model portion of Watermelon Capital Speedway’s annual Speedfest weekend this past Saturday.
The event saw Holdaway compete against many of the top Crate Late Model racers in North America – finishing with a head-turning result and a car that rolled into the trailer without suffering a hint of damage despite a race dotted with a number of heavy-contact incidents.
“We left Cordele feeling like we really accomplished a lot,” says Holdaway with a smile. “It was real important for us to go into that race and finish with something we could be proud of because of all the time and effort we’ve already invested this Winter.”
“Our team has been preparing for this event almost from the moment we got back to the shop from Nashville (Fairgrounds Speedway) last November,” continues the second-generation racer. “We put a lot into this program to make sure that we could get 2019 started the right way.”
Prior to departing for Georgia, Holdaway had announced that his Orillia, ON-based outfit would concentrate much of their energy on a schedule of Pro Late Model events across the Southeast – beginning with April 13th & 14th instalment of the rescheduled All American 400 weekend at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville and culminating with November 30th’s lauded Snowflake 100 at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola.
“We’re confident that we’ve built up a program that can run with some of the top Pro Late (Model) teams in the country right now,” offers ‘Hollywood’. “A big part of this season is going to be taking the opportunity to prove that to people. We want to race some of the best competition at the toughest tracks on the East Coast – that’s our plan.”
After opening their season with a 6th-place finish against top-flight competition, Holdaway and his family-run team are understandably excited for how much more can be accomplished with the help of their trademark work and determination.
“We’ve never been the guys to skip shop nights or unload with a car that’s not 100% ready,” details Holdaway. “Our guys all work hard because we know that’s the only way we’re going to perform up to our standards.”
“It’s our plan to put in the same style of grind that made our Limited Late [Model] program as good as it is. This is an entirely new challenge for us but Scott Wylie, Shaun McWhirter and the rest of us our ready and willing to put in the work to make sure we’re successful.”