ORILLIA, ON – Former Sunset Speedway Ltd. Late Model champion Taylor Holdaway has not yet tallied a win this season, however he’ll have not one but two opportunities to do so this coming weekend.
Saturday night, ‘Hollywood’ will compete in Sunset’s weekly Late Model division before travelling 2-hours to Sauble Speedway for Round 2 of the upstart Great Lakes Concrete Ltd. Late Model Series.
“I’m not entirely sure how much sleep we’re going to get this weekend – but we’re definitely excited to come out and do all that we can to get back-to-back wins,” smiles the multi-time Sunset Speedway feature winner.
“We’ve had a good car in a lot of races so far this year but haven’t been able to pull the trigger and finish the job,” adds Holdaway. “Because of that, it really does feel like we’re rolling into this weekend with something to prove. We love what we do. We love being at the speedway. And, most importantly, we love winning. So we’ll be fired up to put in a shift both nights.”
And, while a winless season can be justifiably frustrating for any racer – especially a former champion – Holdaway has approached the situation with the same trademark calm that carried him to the top of the division in 2015.
“No matter what the results sheet says at the end of the night – that doesn’t dictate what sort’ve effort we’re putting in at the shop,” explains the second-generation star. “We’re a whole group of workhorses. We don’t skip nights and we don’t take things easy.”
“So, even when things aren’t working out the way we want them to, we don’t get down on ourselves and stop missing shop nights,” continues Holdaway. “We’re in there every night trying to find that little bit extra that we’ve been missing. We work too hard not to find it. We’re too good at what we do to not turn this program around and get back to winning.”
Sunset and Sauble may be two very different facilities with very different layouts, but Holdaway insists that the right strategy is all that stands between his Holdaway Automotive-backed team and a weekend sweep.
“Obviously you have to drive both tracks a lot differently – but it’s all racing and it’s all still about problem solving,” shrugs the Orillia, ON racer. “We have the right car and the right team. So, if we can solve any problems that come our way all weekend, we’re going to be in a position to win these races.”
“I just need to make the right decisions,” continues Holdaway. “That’s something that I’ve beat myself up about a couple times this season. Everything happens so fast when that steering wheel is in your hand. A lot of it is instinctual. If I can stay on top of that, we’ll to pull out our victory lane poses.”