He dashed into the lead from his starting spot on the outside of the front row and never looked back.
“I knew I had to get the lead early,” Holmes said. “The cars are real difficult to drive for four or five laps, especially on cold tires and low air pressure. So, I knew I had to feel it out at first. It felt good and I got by him. All the restarts were difficult. I just wanted to get racing. I knew I could drive away, if we could get racing.”
The 2006 champion from Escalon, Calif., held off the competition in a two-lap dash to the finish, as a late-race caution extended the race distance for a green-white-checkered finish. He crossed the finish line in his No. 20 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota with a .478 of a second margin over second place. The win netted him $7,550 in prize money and posted awards.
Although Holmes paced the field from start to finish, his race was not without some
troubles as he experienced problems with his radio communication to his pit crew. “We
had a lot of radio trouble,” Holmes said. “I had a lot of static for a long time. It made it
“It was annoying on my part, because I couldn’t hear a lot of times,” he explained.
“There was frequent static. They couldn’t understand me. Once I figured out I could
hear them, I just needed them to talk to me, so I knew they were there. You don’t have
much time to look in your mirror here to know what’s around you. I didn’t want to spin
myself out. You don’t know when somebody’s on you. So, it makes it tough.”
David Mayhew, who shadowed Holmes throughout the event and mounted several
challenges, battled back from a wild late-race scramble to take second in the No. 21
BayBioDiesel/RCR Chevrolet. The runner-up finish for the Atascadero, Calif., driver
matched the career mark he set in finishing second to Holmes in last year’s final race.
Defending champion Mike David of Modesto, Calif., finished third in the No. 2 Bennett Lane Winery Ford. Johnny Borneman of Ramona, Calif., was fourth in the No. 8 Twisted X Boots/Red Line Oil Ford – followed by Moses Smith of Tempe, Ariz., in the No. 16 HASA Pool Products/White Flyer Toyota. Completing the top 10 were Eric Richardson, Eric Hardin, Jim Warn, Jamie Dick and Jason Patison. Jason Bowles, who won the Coors Light Pole with a lap of 85.874 mph in qualifying, finished the event in 13th after being involved in a late-race altercation.
Local favorite Eric Schmidt of Roseville nearly pulled an upset in his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Series. Schmidt, who won the 2007 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model championship at All American Speedway, battled back from an early spin to move up to second late in the race. A spin in the closing laps relegated him to a 16th-place finish, however.
The pace of the action around the tight third-mile track was slowed by 10 cautions for 80 laps.
The next event on the schedule for the NASCAR Camping World Series West is the Phoenix 150 at Phoenix International Raceway on April 10.
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD SERIES WEST-TOYOTA NAPA AUTO CARE 150 Results
All American Speedway
Lap length: 0.333 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (2) Eric Holmes, Escalon, Calif., Toyota, 153 laps, 43.577 mph, $7,550.
2. (3) David Mayhew, Atascadero, Calif., Chevrolet, 153, $4,500.
3. (4) Mike David, Modesto, Calif., Ford, 153, $3,600.
4. (22) Johnny Borneman, Ramona, Calif., Ford, 153, $4,109.
5. (21) Moses Smith, Tempe, Ariz., Toyota, 153, $2,560.
6. (18) Eric Richardson, Bakersfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 153, $2,350.
7. (9) Eric Hardin, Anaheim, Calif., Chevrolet, 153, $2,300.
8. (11) Jim Warn, Aurora, Ore, Chevrolet, 153, $2,065.
9. (8) Jamie Dick, Albuquerque, N.M., Chevrolet, 153, $2,200.
10. (19) Jason Patison, Corona, Calif., Ford, 153, $2,175.
11. (17) Jeff Jefferson, Naches, Wash., Chevrolet, 153, $1,650.
12. (20) Wes Banks, Oakdale, Calif., Ford, 153, $1,600.
13. (1) Jason Bowles, Ontario, Calif., Ford, 153, $3,575.
14. (14) Jim Inglebright, Fairfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 153, $2,050.
15. (6) Jeff Barkshire, Auburn, Wash., Dodge, 152, $2,025.
16. (5) Eric Schmidt, Roseville, Calif., Chevrolet, 152, $1,500.
17. (7) Austin Cameron, El Cajon, Calif., Toyota, 148, $1,975.
18. (13) Jonathan Hale, Rio Linda, Calif., Chevrolet, 148, $1,450.
19. (23) Brett Thompson, Jerome, Idaho, Chevrolet, 143, $1,925.
20. (16) Daryl Harr, St Albert, Alberta, Chevrolet, 123, $1,900.
21. (25) Lloyd Mack, Los Angeles, Calif., Ford, 112, accident, $1,375.
22. (24) Mike Gallegos, Wheat Ridge, Colo., Chevrolet, 100, accident, $1,350.
23. (15) Ryan Philpott, Tracy, Calif., Ford, 72, accident, $1,325.
24. (12) Tim Woods, III, Chino Hills, Calif., Ford, 66, overheating, $1,300.
25. (10) Jack Sellers, Sacramento, Calif., Chevrolet, 54, accident, $1,800.
Time of Race: 1 hour 10 minutes 9 seconds
Margin of Victory: .478 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: J.Bowles (85.874 mph, 13.960 seconds)
Caution Flags: 9 for 76 laps.
Lead Changes: 0 among 1 driver.
Lap Leaders: E.Holmes 1-153.
Standings: 1. E.Holmes, 190; 2. D.Mayhew, 170; 3. M.David, 165; 4. J.Borneman, 160; 5. M.Smith, 155; 6. E.Richardson, 150; 7. E.Hardin, 146; 8. J.Warn, 142; 9. J.Dick, 138; 10. J.Patison, 134.