(The remains of the Midway Mobile Storage Ford Fusion / Photo Credit : CSP/Jacob Seelman – RaceChaserOnline.com)
ALTON, VA : John Holleman IV took to the road for his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on a road course at the 2.2-mile layout on the hills at Virginia International Raceway on Saturday.
The team struggled with mechanical gremlins after qualifying which relegated Holleman to start last in the 55-lap race. He was up quickly into the 8th position before lap 15.
In the process of going for 7th, Holleman was forced to go to the back of the field after contact with another competitor turned the Midway Mobile Storage Ford Fusion around on lap 22.
Another impressive charge through the field was on for Holleman and he began to pick off cars once again. By lap 44 he was just outside the top-ten again in 11th as he had caught the battle for tenth between Colin Cabre and Gracin Raz. Those two drivers made contact near turn six and in the chain-reaction process Holleman’s car was hit from behind and sent into the tire wall very hard.
The car was finished for the day after 44 laps and a 22nd place result that didn’t show the kind of performance the team had all day.
After the accident, journalist Jacob Seelman caught up with Holleman for reactions about his afternoon.
“Oh yeah I definitely had time to react,” said Holleman about the final incident. “I checked up and we were good and the guys behind me didn’t have that much of an option. It might have been the 42 car behind me and he didn’t have any time to check up and jacked our rear end up.”
His view of the incident. “It just looked like hard racing between Colin [Cabre] and Gracin [Raz] up there. They were side by side and door banging and it just happened that one of them got loose and then we all had to check up. It is just part of it.”
“We had a great run today. We started dead last and were up to 8th in like 15 laps and the car was a rocket ship and we just got into a couple accidents. The John Holleman Motorsports team definitely worked their tails off today and the #49 Midway Mobile Storage Ford Fusion was hooked up.”
The car was heavily damaged in the accident, but this is just a road race car so the team will be ready in 4 weeks for the next event.
“Luckily, that car we only use for road courses so we will see what happens. Obviously, it was a pretty big hit to us right there and we never want to tear up a race car. It was nothing anyone could do and it was just one of those racing deals, and you are going to have some of those and you just have to take it on the
(Photo Credit : CSP/Chris Seelman)
The next event on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East calendar is May 30th at the brand new Dominion Raceway in Thornburg, Virginia.
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