ORILLIA, ON – 2015 Sunset Speedway Late Model champion Taylor Holdaway jumped back into weekly competition on May 29th with a win and a third place finish in his first start of the 2017 season.
“You’re not going to catch me with anything negative to say after a 1st and a 3rd,” smiles Holdaway. “Now, we just not to keep our momentum up. We want to race for a championship. And racing for a championship is all about setting a plan and sticking to it all season”
Despite competing with a crate engine that surrendered significant power in comparison to teams with built motors, Holdaway ran at the front of the field throughout the entirety of the evening’s double features.
“I know we’re always going to be giving up a lot to the built motors when it’s as cold out as it was last Saturday,” explains the multi-time feature winner when asked if his car’s Crate motor puts him at any sort of disadvantage.
“On nights like that, it’s all about getting the car to rotate through the middle,” continues Holdaway. “That’s what we had on our side all day. It just speaks to how hard these guys work on this car. It’s a dream to drive no matter what the temperature is. I couldn’t have been prouder of our night”
And while Holdaway is elated with his family-owned team’s early-season efforts, he knows the road to a second championship has only just begun.
“We’re just getting warmed up,” shrugs Holdaway. “Opening Night was awesome for us, but we’re going to need to put together a lot more races like that if we want to win the championship this season”
“We’ve been through this before but it doesn’t get any easier. No matter how many times you chase a championship here it’s always the same level of work. We respect the grind that goes into all of this”
“I mean, we’re not here to run second,” adds Holdaway in reference to his team’s championship aspirations. “It takes a ton of hours to put this program back together each offseason and have it ready for a full season of racing”
“We worked all winter to make sure we came back with the best possible combination that we could have,” explains the Orillia, ON native. “After all that work, we’re confident we can win another championship. And, in all honesty, anything else will be a disappointment.”