Putting together a solid rookie campaign with a lot of great highlights, Brad Holmes would place seventh in the year-end Living Lighting, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd OSCAAR Pro Sprint standings.
For Holmes, the choice to join the Pro Sprint ranks in 2019 was a very easy decision to make.
“It’s what I know and what I love so when James (Stanley) asked me to join him in a third car, the decision was really easy,” he said pre-season. “I have also had the really distinct experience of watching the series the past three seasons and being a part of it in a couple different capacities.”
Kicking off the season at Sunset Speedway, Holmes kicked off his OSCAAR Pro Sprint career in victory lane by winning his second heat. He then backed it up with a seventh-place finish in the feature. The momentum followed him to Grand Bend Speedway, as he was able to run seventh once again.
Returning to Sunset Speedway at the end of July, he unfortunately ran into mechanical issues during the first feature that put him out of contention early. He returned for the second 25-lap affair, and was able to battle his way to an eighth-place finish.
Holmes continued to show more speed with additional laps under his belt, finishing eighth at Flamboro Speedway. He then ran inside the top-three all day at Peterborough Speedway en route to a career-best third. His return to Flamboro also showed improvement, with a sixth-place finish at the end of July.
His season would hit a big snag in the series’ lone trip to Sauble Speedway in August, when he would wreck out during his qualifying event sustaining damage to his No. 75 Pro Sprint. The Stanley Motorsports team would go hard to work at making repairs, allowing Holmes to return for the series’ next event at Grand Bend Speedway with a seventh-place finish.
Unfortunately, the bad luck returned at Sunset Speedway to start the short track playoffs with mechanical issues plaguing him in both features, allowing him to just pick a single top-10 result. He bounced back a little with a 10th-place finish at Flamboro.
He would find some speed in the finale at Peterborough Speedway, but an incident that sent him off the track in the early stages took him out of contention in the feature.
Despite the rough moments, Brad Holmes proved that he can hang with the series regulars en route to being named the 2019 Hinkley Lighting OSCAAR Pro Sprint Rookie of the Year.
On behalf of OSCAAR, congratulations to Brad on your success in 2019. We look forward to seeing you return in 2020.
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By Ashley McCubbin