ORILLIA, ON – Former Sunset Speedway Limited Late Model champion Taylor Holdaway will kickoff his 2019 season this weekend during the annual Speedfest event at Crisp Motorsports Park in Cordele, Georgia.
Holdaway will compete in the event’s 125-lap Pro Late Model event for a second consecutive season, with hopes of showcasing his skill set against an elite-level entry list including former Redbud 400 winner Steve Dorer, former Baby Rattler winner Justin South and perennial Southeastern heavyweight Casey Roderick.
“I’m doing my best not to carry any pressure down there,” says Holdaway. “But, with that being said, it’s impossible not to be out there with that caliber of competition and not want to turn in your best performance.”
“We aren’t hauling all the way to Georgia just to sight see and buy an event shirt,” continues the multi-time Ltd. Late Model winner with a smirk. “This is a good program and we want to showcase that. This is an awesome test for us.”
Holdaway’s 2018 Speedfest appearance marked his first career start outside of his home province and resulted in a solid 18th-place outing. This year, ‘Hollywood’ intends on improving upon that performance with a top-10 finish.
“I don’t think that aiming for a top-10 finish is unreasonable at all,” stated the Orillia, ON racer. “We’ve had a lot of success at home and it’s all come from working hard and being well prepared when we unload.”
“This weekend isn’t any different than a regular Saturday at home – we need to be ready to work,” adds Holdaway. “If everything goes smoothly, I really believe that we can have a shot at this deal and be competitive at the end of the day.”
While Holdaway understands that he’ll be entering the 125-lap contest as a relative unknown, he’s not about to let his lack of name value dissuade him from registering a breakout performance.
“We’re not fooling ourselves into thinking we’re going to pull into the pits and have anybody worried right off the bat,” says Holdaway. “But, that doesn’t mean that we don’t have the same chance as any of these other guys do to come out and make a name for ourselves.”
“I don’t have the budget that half of these guys do,” continues the second-generation racer. “I mean, back home it’s just Me, Dad and some buddies hauling to shows in a pickup with a gooseneck trailer on the back.
“So, we know that anything we’re looking to accomplish is going to come out of us outworking and outgrinding these other teams. That’s what we’re willing to do.”