Holmes and the No. 20 NAPA Toyota Team Top-Five at Havasu 95
Antelope, CA – The driver of Bill McAnally Racing’s No. 20 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota Camry, Eric Holmes and the team went door to door racing with some of the best drivers in the western region of the country and parts of Canada. The NAPA team took the green flag for the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts “150” presented by Gene Price Motorsports at Havasu 95 Speedway on the outside of row four.
Havasu 95 Speedway is a flat short track located just a few miles south of Lake Havasu City, Arizona. This was the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West first visit to the track.
The weekend began under cloudy skies and wind at the historic London Bridge on Friday afternoon with an autograph session. Hundreds of fans braved the elements to greet their favorite drivers. This was followed by the NASCAR car haulers parade thru Lake Havasu City to the track on Hwy. 95.
Scattered showers greeted the No. 20 NAPA Toyota team Saturday morning. The schedule was reduced from two practice sessions to one to accommodate the packed schedule which included a Bandolero and a Late Model Series. Holmes put the NAPA Toyota Camry on the board fifth in final practice.
The NKNP Series teams took the green under clear skies for the TOYOTA/NAPA Auto Parts “150”. The cars stayed in a tight pack until the first of eight cautions came out at lap 22. Holmes reported in to crew chief Ty Joiner that the No. 20 NAPA Toyota was “tight, tight, tight”. The second caution was out at lap 30. Still running in 8th, Holmes would have to restart on the non-preferred outside line once again. Two more cautions would take place on the 1/4-mile short track before Holmes would restart on the inside lane. At the half-way point in the race, the No. 20 NAPA Toyota was in 7th. By lap 92, Holmes was in 3rd. The final caution came out at lap 114 with Holmes now in fifth. With 20 laps to go, Holmes would go three-wide with the No. 26 of current series champion Greg Pursley challenging him for position. Holmes would hold on to fifth to take the checkered flag.
Holmes and the No. 20 NAPA team are currently 4th in the chase for the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Championship and only 15 points out of the lead.
Bill McAnally Racing and the No. 20 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota team would like to thank NAPA AUTO PARTS, Toyota and the many other great partners and all of the fans for their continued support throughout the season.
The next race for the teams from BMR will be at the road course of Miller Motorsport Park on April 28th. For more information on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, please visit the official series site at www.hometracks.nascar.com/series/kn_pro_series_west.
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