John Holleman Race Recap :
THORNBURG, VA : John Holleman IV had a very busy 8 days last week that ended with his career best finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East series on Memorial Day. After a long day of up and down battles, Holleman finished the inaugural KNPSE race at the brand new Dominion Raceway with a 9th place result.
Holleman rolled into Dominion Raceway on Sunday after being involved in the weekly Sportsman contest the night before at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC. Unfortunately, the weather was not very cooperative on the open test day and after only a few laps on track rains ended the practice early in the afternoon. Corey LaJoie made some laps in the car on Saturday while Holleman was in North Carolina.
Race day saw much optimism and high expectations for a good day for the Midway Mobile Storage Ford Fusion team. A solid day of practice led to a 12th-place qualifying lap for Holleman.
Under the first half of the Comserve Verizon Wireless Memorial Day Classic 150, Holleman held his ground as he moved into the top ten by lap 41.
The next restart with Holleman in the outside line for the restart, he got caught in the upper groove and lost about ten positions back to 20th before he found his way back in line.
With a caution on lap 124, Holleman was still just on the outside of the top 15, but the car had come around as he moved his way up the leaderboard.
Holleman was able to avoid a couple on incidents over the final 25 laps in front of him and eventually worked his way to 9th place at the end of the 150 lap race. It was a career best result for the 19-year old K&N Pro Series East rookie driver.
“What a day. We had a rocket ship all day long today. I got up to around 10th and on the restart I got hung on the outside and fell back to 20th or 21st. I heard my spotter [Tony White] clear me to get in line about 12th or so, but I didn’t hear him soon enough.”
“We worked our tails off to come back up through the field and used the late restarts to make some good passes that worked in our favor and finish a career best [9th]. Thank to the Lord above for always keeping us safe and especially for a dry day today.”
“I have to thank Zeno Marshall with Midway Mobile Storage, Sandra Marshall, Tony White, Ben Hammock, Corey LaJoie, who helped us out not only on the box all weekend, but Saturday with practice while I raced in Bowman Gray. We are getting better each time out and I’m ready to go to Stafford Motor Speedway in a couple of weeks.”
– Photo Credit : King Charles Photography