Holmes drives BMR to milestone victory in Pro Series West

By: Roseville Press Tribune Staff Report
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Eric Holmes on Saturday scored his 17th career victory — and the 50th for Bill McAnally Racing of Roseville — on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West circuit.

Holmes, a three-time series champion, led the final 20 laps to capture the NAPA Auto Parts 150. It was his first victory this season and first checkered flag at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash.

“This is a great win. We’ve been running pretty good, but we’ve had some really bad luck this season,” said Holmes, who qualified third and is fifth in points. “Maybe this can get it turned around.”

Holmes, of Escalon, led twice for 65 of 150 laps. Holmes, who passed Michael Self for the lead on lap 131, said he wanted to earn No. 50 for the team.

“But with the bad luck we had been having, I wasn’t sure we need the extra pressure,” he was quoted as saying in a news release issued by NASCAR. “I’m really happy for the whole team now that we got it. Now it’s time to move on and get some more wins down the stretch.”

Holmes also earned a berth in the UNOH Battle At the Beach next February during Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway.

Self, of Park City, Utah, led laps 83-130 and placed second. Derek Thorn started last in the 23-car field after switching to a backup car and stormed to a third-place finish.

Dylan Hutchison of Fair Oaks finished 17th, and BMR driver Cameron Hayley was 19th.