Holmes Makes His Invasion Into The Busch East Series
West Champion Now Going To Try And Do It Out East
Eric Holmes conquered the West in 2006 – winning the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series championship. This year, he is headed to the East Coast to compete in the West Series counterpart in the Grand National Division, the Busch East Series.
He is entered to drive for car owner Bob Torriere in the season opener at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, S.C., on April 28.
Eric Holmes (center) will make his Busch East debut at Greenville in a couple of weeks.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Holmes said. “They built two brand new cars for me to drive. And everybody on the team is real excited to have me come drive for them.”
Although it will mark Holmes’ first race in the Busch East Series, this will not be his first venture with this team. They joined forces for the road course race at Infineon Raceway last year in Holmes’ championship campaign in the West Series.
“They were real happy after Infineon last year,” Holmes said of that effort. “They’re looking forward to this year.”
After racing on the West Coast for most of his career – the 32-year-old second-generation driver from Escalon, Calif., is excited to get the chance to compete at different tracks and in another part of the country. “This is going to give me experience on the East Coast,” Holmes said. “This is a great opportunity to drive first-class equipment and run in the Northeast.”
Although he will focus primarily on the Busch East Series this year, Holmes will not disappear entirely from West Series competition. In addition to racing in the two combination events, at Elko (Minn.) Speedway on May 18 and Iowa Speedway on May 20, he plans to compete in four West Series races – at Phoenix in April, at Sonoma in June, at Irwindale in July and at Fontana in August. In addition to tackling the Busch East Series, he plans to compete in the NASCAR Busch Series in Montreal, Canada, this year.
Holmes is not the first West Series champion to move into ranks of the Busch East Series. After winning the 1976 title and finishing second in the championship standings in 1977, second-generation driver Chuck Bown of Portland eventually headed to the East Coast. In 1987, the first year of the modern era for the Busch East Series, Bown missed the championship by just five points. He moved on to the NASCAR Busch Series, where he won the series championship in 1990.