Showing posts with label Eric Holmes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Eric Holmes. Show all posts

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Holmes Becomes Fourth Different Winner In Pro Late Models At Madera

#31 Eric Holmes won the Nut Up Pro Late Model feature (Jason Wedehase photo)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (May 25, 2019) – Three-time Short Track Shootout champion Eric Holmes stood tall on Saturday night, leading all 80 laps for the Military Tribute Night victory at Madera Speedway. The MAVTV-televised win in the Nut Up Pro Late Model Series paid $2,000 during a patriotic weekend at the one-third mile speedway.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Grossi And Nasimento Partner To Field Holmes At Madera

Via Blakesley Sports Media

ESCALON, CALIFORNIA (April 25, 2019) – Bob Grossi Construction will partner with Nascimento Motorsports to field NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West champion Eric Holmes of Escalon, CA in three Madera Speedway Pro Late Model races, in a program announced today. Holmes will compete in the MAVTV-televised Nut Up Pro Late Model Series in 80 lap events on April 27th and May 25th along with the 150 lap, $10,000 to win Short Track Shootout on October 5th.

Holmes has won the Short Track Shootout three times for Nascimento Motorsports, earning a reputation as Mr. October. He will be teamed up with Eric Nascimento, Jr., who is running for Rookie of the Year in the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour while also racing regularly in the Pro Late Models. Younger brother Ethan Nascimento races in the Bandolero division as well.

The Escalon area-backed program includes additional support from Nut Up Industries, Morrill Industries, Grossi Fabrication, Grossi Electrical, Stump Industries, and Select Harvest of Turlock. Bob Grossi Construction erects metal buildings across central California since 1992.

Madera’s Nut Up Pro Late Model Series is a nine race program that averages nearly 30 entries per event. Nick Grossi drove for the team in 2018 towards second place in the rookie standings with a best qualifying effort of third and a best finish of seventh last July.

Saturday’s race will be available on MAVTV in late July. Madera Racing on MAVTV airs year round every Thursday at 5pm and 8pm Pacific Time. Nascimento Motorsports is owned by Eric Nascimento and is based in Manteca.

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Holmes Becomes Mr. October With Third $10K Madera Win

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (October 9, 2016) - Escalon's Eric Holmes officially became Mr. October by winning his third consecutive LoanMart Late Model Short Track Shootout for $10K to win at Madera Speedway on Saturday night. The 125 lap victory makes him 3-0 in the marquee event at the fastest one-third mile in the West, and he earned the victory in a green-white-checkered duel with 2016 track champion Matt Erickson.

44 LoanMart Open Late Models joined 30 Lucas Oil Modifieds plus season finales for 51FIFTY Junior Late Models, Super Hobby Stocks, and Mini Cups in the jam packed show. The Late Model, Junior Late Model, and Modified shows were each taped for separate tape-delay broadcasts for MAVTV.

After five heat races, a C Main event, and a B Main event, 26 cars were set for the feature. Adam Coonfield marched from last place in his heat race, through the C and B mains, and into the main event running the alphabet soup. Loren Kutz won the iPull-U-Pull $1000 B Main prize after the 30 lap race.

Upland's Donny St. Ours drew the pole and led the first seven laps of the event. 2016 Irwindale Speedway runner-up Nick Joanides tagged the wall and was out of the race by lap three. Holmes began to charge hard from second on the grid, using the inside to get the lead from St. Ours on lap eight. 2013 Short Track Shootout winner and former NASCAR K&N West champion Mike David turned up the heat on the Herzogs, overhauling Austin Herzog from the outside, then going inside Bryan Herzog. David and Bryan Herzog tangled on lap 18 for the first caution of the race with both drives being forced to restart at the back.

Matt Erickson started the race in ninth after the redraw and had already advanced to fourth by that point. The restart gave Modesto's Garland Tyler a chance to roll the outside to get as high as sixth. Oakdale's Blaine Rocha spun after contact with Jason Aguirre for the second caution of the race.

Carl Pearce spun down the backstretch on lap 25 but the entire field managed to avoid him before Tyler spun in turn four with a flat left rear tire for a caution. Coonfield was up into the top ten after coming through the C & B mains by that point of the race.

2015 Madera champion Buddy Shepherd took over second from St. Ours and then attacked Holmes. A lap 32 incident including Ross Strmiska, Coonfield, and David Ross in a three wide duel in turn three sent Strmiska spinning. Glen Cook tagged Strmiska at the end of the spin to end Cook's night.

Shepherd used the restart to take over the lead on lap 31 before Holmes fought back to get it back on lap 33. Rick Thompson spun with contact from David causing several cars to come flying in for another yellow on lap 38. St. Ours got sideways on the ensuing restart from third position and tangled with Erickson, sending St. Ours spinning and Erickson to the back of the field for involvement.

The eighth caution flew on lap 40 when Aguirre's night ended in high flying fashion as he flew over the top of Pearce on the front stretch. Both drivers were uninjured but done with heavy damage. Shepherd fell out of the race under caution with distributor problems. Holmes had a rough restart and was bumped back to the fifth position with 2016 Irwindale champion Trevor Huddleston becoming the fourth different leader. Ryan Hart used the long green flag run to come up into third with Dillon Tucker chasing him forward as well. Huddleston fell from the lead on lap 61 with mechanical problems and the surprise story was Jr. Late Model standout Austin Herzog, 14, taking over the lead position.

Herzog's lead was short lived as he slid up the hill in turn three with a flat tire forcing him to fall outside the top-five at the end of the lap 75 segment, with Holmes, Hart, Bryan Herzog the top-three at the break.

17 cars restarted for the finish several hours later with Erickson coming out of the sixth position. Erickson had a prolonged battle with Bryan Herzog for fourth but finally took the position on lap 91 and quickly passed Zampa for third on the inside. Three laps later Erickson moved past Hart for second.

By lap 100 the race was on with Erickson hounding Holmes for the lead, taking several looks inside in turns three and four. Erickson's pressure continued to mount until a late caution period set up a brief green-white-checkered finish. Holmes proved too strong as he stormed to his third Short Track Shootout $10,000 victory head of Erickson, St. Ours, Bryan Herzog, and Logan Zampa. Erickson's second place finish was enough for the series championship in a perfect eight-for-eight races in the top two places with five wins and three seconds.

The 51FIFTY Junior Late Models crowned their inaugural series champion with Las Vegas' Dezel West, 12, winning the series. Mentone's Austin Edwards, 11, spun on the initial start but managed to continue on. That gave Redwood Valley's Kolby Berry, 15, the lead, which he maintained by rolling the top side of the race track.

The 50 lap race was run in one single segment instead of the traditional split pair of 25 lap segments, which made for a different strategy for the series finale. Las Vegas' RJ Smothermon spun for a caution on lap five. Atwater's Jaden Rocha and Edwards came together for an incident that brought out the yellow on lap ten.

Lapped traffic became a factor in the race as Berry tried to pace Austin Herzog and West. Berry had to pit for a flat left front tire under a lap 36 yellow flag to surrender the lead in an unfortunate turn of events for him. That handed the top spot over to Herzog. Herzog appeared poised for a nice victory but a caution for Las Vegas' Kyle Keller spinning on lap 47 set up a three lap sprint to the finish.

Herzog got the restart he needed to get the race win for his fourth win of the season while West finished second to come home with the championship. Edwards finished third to unofficially to take third in the points as well with Smotherman and Berry the top-five.

Super Hobby Stocks also crowned a champion for 2016 on Saturday night with Stockton's Joseph Riechmuth getting the title in a very narrow fashion.

Jesus Hernandez led the first ten laps of the 30 lap main event before "Supermex" Eloy Bazan assumed the lead position. Britt Wasson had an incident on lap 20 and had to be towed off in turns three and four. The caution flag placed second in points Chuck Dozhier all over Bazan, with Dozhier taking the lead on lap 21.

Dozhier took the victory over Bazan and a hard-charging Jeremy Tucker, but Riechmuth's fourth place effort was enough to win the points standings over Dozhier by three markers unofficially. Thomas Suarez was the balance of the top-five.

Kyle Tellstrom came awfully close to sweeping the pair of Lucas Oil Modified races at Madera Speedway this season after winning the June 11th 75 lap contest and leading 25 laps on Saturday night. But it was former series champion Dylan Capello from Arizona getting to victory in the coveted $5000 to win feature. 30 cars jockeyed for 26 starting positions with a B main earlier in the affairs.

Ryan Partridge and Aaron McMorran had a tangle for a caution on lap five. Dave Arce spun in turn four for a lap 15 caution as well. By that point it was Tellstrom, Capello, and Tellstrom's teammate Wes Miller of Turlock at the front of the field. Dustin Tilbury from New Mexico was the next "Turn Four Victim" on lap 14 and again the field did a great job to avoid the spinning 17T car.

Cappello used a restart for Rich Lindgren stalling in turn two to take over the lead with points leader Matt Hicks giving Tellstrom all he could handle for second. Their battle in lapped traffic at the halfway point was one of the highlights of the event.

Tellstrom drove away from Hicks to apply late pressure to Cappello but it was too little too late with a 1.040 second victory for Cappello over Tellstrom, Hicks, Taylor Miinch, and 17th starting former track champion Scott Winters.

The Mini Cups had their final Madera race for 2016 as the youngest drivers at the speedway raced on the big stage. Hollister's Adam "The Bullet" Lemke completed the clean sweep taking qualifying, the six lap dash, and the 20 lap main event. His rival all year long was rookie Jackson Dukes of Clovis who ran second in the main event. Lemke led all 20 laps over Dukes, Calvin Hegje, Aaron Thomas, and "Lil" Bruce Bivens.

LoanMart Madera Speedway continues on Saturday October 22nd with the 10th Annual Pumpkin Smash Halloween Bash and Blow up and Haunted House!!! $2,000 to Win 250 lap Enduro, the Extreme Barrel Racing Series, a Haunted House and Trick or Treat thru the Pits and on Track PUMPKIN SMASH for the KIDS! Plus a Motocross Extreme Jumping Show and the STUNT show!

Race fans can catch up on LoanMart Madera Speedway action every Thursday with "Madera Racing" on MAVTV at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific.

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