For Zach Myers it appears, the hardest part of his impressive win in Saturday night’s NASCAR Pro Charger 30-lap headliner at Holland Motorsports Complex was surviving the grueling post-race technical inspection.
Moments after blowing away the field in the NASCAR Pro Charger feature by nearly a straightaway, Myers and his crew was busy in the Holland tech inspection garage taking components of their transmission and drive train apart for inspection. Myers worked feverishly under the car to get the work done so that his car could pass the scrutiny of Holland’s tech officials. Several minutes later, following the inspection the Myers camp was deemed legal and the team could finally celebrate Myers’ second Holland Pro Charger triumph of the season.
Myers now has two wins, a second, a third and a fifth place finish at Holland. Saturday, the East Concord driver avoided two multi-car wrecks that happened directly in front of him.
“There was two wrecks I had to avoid that were pretty close to me,” said Myers. “On that second one it was a down in the grass on the apron kind of a deal that was pretty close. My brakes were getting pretty low towards the end but that’s to be expected.
Then came the tech inspection.
“We had to pull the back of the transmission off and not every post-race tech is easy and I got a little dirty on this one which happens,” said Myers who sported a pair of grimy hands.
Myers won in a unique station wagon body styled car.
“It’s something different, and it’s got people’s attention instead of a class full of just Monte Carlos,” Myers said. “The Chargers this year have been pretty competitive. There might be only 12 to 15 of us but it’s been pretty darn competitive.”
In other Holland races Saturday, Dave Wollaber, who started ninth, overcame a torrid battle with outside pole-sitter Kyle Hutchinson to win his fourth New York/Pennsylvania TQ Midget Association victory in five NYPA outings this season. Besides two wins at Holland, Wollaber has single wins at Lake Erie Speedway and Lancaster Speedway and Dragway. A.J. Hessler is the only other with a NYPA victory this season and Wollaber was a close second in that race.
“It was a great race,” declared Wollaber of Saturday’s Holland joust. “Kyle was running that preferred high line in Turns One and Two but I had some good bite off of Turn Two and was able to get a run on him.”
Complementing the NYPA racing at Holland Saturday was the first-ever appearance of the winged Canadian Outlaw Midgets which brought 21 cars to the high-banked Southern Erie County oval. Jody Bound scored wins in his heat, dash and the 20-lap Canadian Outlaw feature.
“I think that everybody was pretty excited to come down to Holland,” said Bound of Uxbridge, Ont.. “Everybody had some good expectations and I think those expectations were met. I raced here about ten years ago with a TQ and got a chance to run Ken Hutchinson’s No. 7 car tonight in the NYPA race. I started 19th and ended up tenth. Then I started 12th in the Outlaw Midget and put it in Victory Lane so it’s all good.”
The Canadian Outlaw Midgets utilize snowmobile engines and were running laps at Holland in the 16.3 second range which translates to an 83 miles-per-hour average speed. By comparison, the NYPA group, which do not run wings, and have different rules, including the use of mostly motorcycle engines were running laps in the low 14 second bracket at 92 mph.
For the second consecutive week at Holland, the outcome of the Hornet division feature race was decided in tech inspection. Craig Orr appeared to hold off Dice Racing teammate Ben Russo when he crossed the finish line first but Orr was bounced from the win when he was deemed to be racing with illegal wheels, handing the triumph to Russo. Russo did run a strong race.
“It’s always fun racing your teammates no matter how it turns out,” said Russo, whose car was spewing some smoke from its underside during Victory Lane celebrations.
On June 18, Jamie Woods was disqualified from his Hornet win and Bob Bogner was declared the victor.
Holland will not race next weekend but returns to action on July 9, with their biggest race of the season, the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour Holland 100.
Dave DuBois doubled his pleasure Saturday evening at Batavia’s Genesee Speedway by winning both the Crate Late Model and the 360 Late Model main events. DuBois now has amassed two Crate and five 360 feature wins this season at Genesee.
Hot hand at Freedom
On Friday evening, Damian Bidwell captured his second consecutive RUSH Crate Late Model triumph at Freedom Motorsports Park. Also Brad Rouse earned his third Sportsman win of 2016 there. Brad Shepard collected his fourth Freedom Mini Stock headliner of the season Friday. Bidwell also won Saturday at Stateline Speedway.
Lancaster will host the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour this Thursday for the annual “Ol” Boy Cup 60.
Little Valley will continue its special events-only season Friday with a Super Late Model/ Patriot Sprint Tour doubleheader.