McAnally driver wins Pro Series West race in Roseville
Eric Holmes won a race-long duel with David Mayhew in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 Saturday night at All American Speedway in Roseville.
Holmes, of Escalon, celebrated his 36th birthday by winning from the pole, his first pole this season, while inching closer to his third series title in front of a capacity crowd.
Holmes extended his points lead to 156. All he needs to do is take the green flag in the season finale Nov. 13 in Phoenix to secure the crown. He also won titles in 2006 and 2008.
Holmes pulled away from Mayhew for the final time on a lap 144 restart to collect his fifth win this season and the 14th of his series career. It was his third win at All American. Holmes and Mayhew exchanged the lead multiple times and spent a good portion of the night side by side.
“That was an awesome race with David Mayhew,” Holmes said. “That was a lot of fun. We just had to worry about some of those lappers and stuff going on, but man, that was great side-by-side short-track racing right there. I just can’t thank David enough for racing me so clean. I’m proud to race against that guy.”
The race up front resulted in 10 lead changes among three drivers. But while Holmes and Mayhew fought back and forth, a war raged behind them that resulted in nine cautions for 61 laps and left crumpled cars bearing the scars of tough short-track racing.
“It was just a good, clean run with Eric,” Mayhew said. “I just wish some of the guys in the back could have calmed down a little bit so we could have some … longer green-flag runs.”
Eric Schmidt of Roseville, in his first series start this season, finished third. Paulie Harraka, a past champion at All American who was looking for his third consecutive victory at the track, was fourth. Juan Pitta, making his series debut, was fifth.
Channel 3 team wins media race
Reporter Brian Hickey, with anchor/reporter Mae Fesai riding a loud, encouraging shotgun, took the lead from Fox40 weekend sports anchor Mark Demsky on the ninth lap and went on to win the 20-lap A-All Mini Storage Media Blitz charity race for the second year in a row.
Sacramento Bee motor sports writer Mark Billingsley was second, Demsky third and Mark S. Allen of “Good Day Sacramento” fourth. Kat Country 103 was fifth and 101.9 The Wolf sixth.
“She’s yelling, ‘Faster Hickey, faster,’ ” Hickey said to an announcer in the winner’s circle.
The Channel 3 team drove for Court Appointed Special Advocates.
“Hickey is the best driver in the universe,” Fesai said. “I was screaming the whole time because Brian Hickey rocks.”
Press Tribune sports editor Bill Poindexter contributed to this report.