ARCA rookie Holman returns to home track for victory COEBURN - Caleb Holman took time off from his schedule as a rookie ARCA Series driver Friday and celebrated Independence Day with a victory in the Limited Sportsman feature portion of the U.S.
ARCA rookie Holman returns to home track for victory
COEBURN - Caleb Holman took time off from his schedule as a rookie ARCA Series driver Friday and celebrated Independence Day with a victory in the Limited Sportsman feature portion of the U.S. Army 265 at Lonesome Pine International Raceway.
Other winners of support division races at the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series track were Rob Austin in Grand Stock, Freddie Taylor Jr. in Modified 4, Bobby Gobble in Pure Stock 4 and Mark Dyer in Pro Challenge classes.
Holman, who was driving Larry Northern's Limited Sportsman car, used patience and some of the other drivers' tough luck in taking the win. The driver from Abingdon avoided trouble by staying in front of it.
"I'm running in a borrowed suit, borrowed helmet, but I've got one awesome race car," said Holman after his victory.
Travis Watson led time trials and snatched the pole for the Limited Sportsman class. Brian Blevins started alongside Watson on the front row.
The race was slowed on the first lap by a caution flag triggered by the spinning car of Larry McKnight Jr. Another yellow flag appeared on lap six when Watson and Glen Light tangled while racing for the top spot. The incident also involved Blevins, but Light got the worst end of the crash and was forced to pit with mechanical problems.
Paul Shull and Roger Neece battled for the third from lap 10 through 19 before Neece took third and began to apply pressure to second-running Chris Tunnell on lap 25. Neece pitted on lap 30 because of a vibration he mistakenly thought stemmed from a flat tire.
On lap 48, Stephen Wright and Blevins spun entering the second turn to trigger another caution flag. The restart was waved off when Chris Tunnell spun coming off the fourth turn and Wright had trouble getting up the speed.
When the green flag finally appeared Holman was able to hold the top spot for the final two laps. Finishing second through fifth were Tunnell, Joey Owens, Josh Shortt and Chuck Crigger.
Austin was able to dash to the checkered flag for the win in the 35-lap Grand Stock race. He dodged spinning cars and raced smoothly despite pressure from behind by Alan Woodruff.
The race produced a total of four caution flags. The first came on the second lap for the spinning cars of Jeff Williams, Russell Duty and Virgel Young.
Jamie Linkous brought out the next caution by spinning on the backstretch. Neece and Tunnell, who do double duty in the Limited and Grand Stock classes, got together and caused the third caution period before the last caution was caused by debris on the track.
Finishing second through fifth behind Austin were Woodruff, Alton Satterfield, Tony Dockery and Jeff Williams.
The Modified 4 had 30 laps of clean racing resulting in a win for Freddie Taylor, Jr. Finishing the top five were Kirby Gobble, Hershell Robinette, Ralph Wilson, and Troy O'Quinn, Jr.
The Pure Stock 4 division was full of fireworks with several cautions caused by spinning cars.
Gobble was able to take home the win in the 25-lap event. Finishing second through fifth were Carl Lawson, Chris Castle, Coby Rasnick, and Danny Duncan.
Mark Dyer won in the visiting Pro Challenge Series with Raymond Williams, Jamie Blanton, Gary Berried and Mark Peters following him second through fifth.
The track held a special Enduro-Demo Derby doubleheader Thursday night.
Nolan Morris won the Enduro race ahead of Kevin Tilley, Tim Gibson, Curtis Gailey and Eddie Hillman. Joel Mowell won the Demo Derby and Dewayne Mullins and Jason Carter came in second and third.
LPIR racing will resume Saturday at 7 p.m. with a full card of action.