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Taylor Holdaway Scores Fourth Straight Feature Victory at Sunset Speedway

taylorholdaway3For the fourth straight feature at Sunset Speedway, it’d be Taylor Holdaway standing in victory lane. ‘Hollywood’ is certainly proving that he knows his way around Sunset Speedway this season, as he has won nine of the last 11 features.

Following a late race spin in the first feature, Rick Walt would start the No. 31 Cindy Snow ReMax, Rust Check Canada, Eisses Pumping Services, Jim Wilson Chevrolet in Orillia, Oro Collision, Simone Autosport, HOTC, Walt Fab, Seaton Structures, Pizzaville, Redline Graphics and Apparel, Innovative Plumbing Solutions, Red Castle Performance, Orillia Auto and Truck, and Trackside Innovations Late Model on pole ahead of Gord Shepherd, Thayne Hallyburton, Britney Gresel, Frank Davey, Ian Bourque, Scott Wylie, Billy Zardo, Nick Goetz, Jordan Latimer, Dwayne Baker, Tom Walters, Jason Witty, Taylor Holdaway, Adam Martin, Marcus Keeler, Mike Wilkinson, Andre Pepin, Travis Hallyburton, Chris Morrow, Paul Maltese, Ernie Fumerton, Dwight Brown, Dave Bartlett and Gary Elliott.

Walt would grab the early lead ahead of Shepherd, Thayne Hallyburton and Davey as Wylie and Gresel battled for fifth. Wylie would grab the spot, with Bourque following through to move up to sixth. Latimer looked to be the next driver to find a way around Gresel, however as he looked to make the pass, Gresel would get loose. The result would be contact between Gresel and Latimer, with Latimer getting into the outside turn four wall for the first caution. With 31 laps to go, Walt led Shepherd, Thayne Hallyburton, Davey, Wylie, Bourque, Zardo, Goetz, Baker, Walters, Witty, Holdaway, Inglis, Travis Hallyburton and Keeler.

Walt would get a good restart to maintain the lead ahead of Shepherd, Thayne Hallyburton, Davey, Bourque, Wylie and Zardo. Zardo would then get alongside Wylie for sixth, but the caution would fly as Walters and Goetz would make contact on the backstretch, with Goetz getting into the outside wall. In the aftermath that followed, Maltese, Elliott, Bartlett and Fumerton would catch damage; Elliott would be done for the event. With 27 laps to go, Walt led Shepherd, Thayne Hallyburton, Davey, Bourque, Wylie, Zardo, Baker, Witty, Travis Hallyburton, Holdaway, Martin, Inglis, Pepin, Wilkinson and Morrow.

The first attempt at a restart brought forth the third caution as Walters would spin Brown entering turn three. The second attempt would be cleaner with Walt grabbing the advantage ahead of Shepherd as Thayne Hallyburton and Davey battled for third. However, the caution flag would return as Baker and Witty spun in turn four. Going through turns three and four three-wide with Zardo, contact would be made in the corner resulting in the spins.

With nine laps in the book, Walt got another good restart ahead of Shepherd as Thayne Hallyburton and Davey continued their battle for third. It didn’t go well, though, as Davey would go spinning off of turn two courtesy of contact.

The next restart would see no problem at the front of the field, but rather in the back half of the field as Baker pushed Witty down into the inside retaining wall entering turn one. Baker would then black flagged for rough driving and done for the remainder of the event. The restart came, bringing forth an impressive battle for the lead between Walt and Shepherd, that was short lived as someone would get sideways entering turn three. The field would begin to check-up, with Thayne Hallyburton and Witty getting stuck together on the backstretch for the seventh caution.

Walt would grab the advantage on the restart ahead of Shepherd as Travis Hallyburton and Bourque battled for third. Hallyburton would get the spot on lap 16 ahead of Holdaway and Bourque. Holdaway would then get alongside Hallyburton for third a lap later, completing the pass with ease. Holdaway then continued his climb to the front, quickly making his way by both Shepherd and then Walt to put the No. 41 Holdaway Automotive, Imagefactor.ca Motorsports Design and Photography, Wix Filters, Castrol Canada, Kart Start presented by Toyota, Sunshine Super Wash, and Stefko Racing Engines Late Model in the lead on lap 20.

Walt would fall back to second as Travis Hallyburton got alongside Shepherd for third. Shepherd would hold him off, though, with the caution flying for Wylie spinning in turn four. With 13 laps to go, Holdaway led Walt, Shepherd, Travis Hallyburton, Zardo, Bourque, Goetz, Morrow, Walters, Martin, Fumerton, Gresel, Witty, Wilkinson, Latimer and Terry.

Holdaway got a good restart to keep the lead ahead of Walt as Shepherd and Travis Hallyburton battled for third. Shepherd would get the spot on lap 24, with Zardo following through. Hallyburton would now run fifth ahead of Walters, Goetz and Morrow. The caution would then fly for the ninth time with 10 laps to go as Latimer would blow up.

The restart would see Walt get loose on the outside, allowing Holdaway the easy getaway with Travis Hallyburton and Shepherd moving by, battling for the second spot as Walt battled Zardo for fourth. Though all of the action would come to a stop due to Bartlett going for the spin.

Holdaway would get another good restart to keep the lead ahead of Travis Hallyburton as Shepherd and Walters battled for third. Walters would get the spot at lap 27 ahead of Walters, as Zardo and Walt battled for fourth while Goetz and Morrow battled for sixth. There would be contact made and Walt got the worst of it as Zardo would make contact with him off of the corner, causing Walt to spin on the backstretch for the 11th caution. Walt would then pull off of the track, done for the event. With five laps to go, Holdaway led Travis Hallyburton, Walters, Shepherd, Zardo, Goetz, Morrow, Witty, Fumerton, Martin and Wilkinson.

Holdaway would get a good restart to maintain the lead ahead of Travis Hallyburton as Walters and Shepherd battled for third. The caution would then come out, though, as Bourque would make contact with Morrow, causing him to spin.

Taylor Holdaway would get a good final restart to seize the lead and the victory. Travis Hallyburton finished second followed by Tom Walters, Gord Shepherd, Billy Zardo, Nick Goetz, Jason Witty, Mike Wilkinson, Brittney Gresel, Adam Martin, Scott Wylie, Ian Bourque, Rick Terry, Dave Barlett, Chris Morrow and Paul Maltese.

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