WORLD SERIES ENDS ABRUPTLY FOR HOLMES
The 41st Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing
came to an end Saturday night at New Smyrna Speedway. Bobby Holmes
and the DeLange Racing team were hoping to close on a high note with
a top-five finish in the night’s 25-lap Modified feature.
Unfortunately the end came in a sudden and unfortunate manner.
The DeLange crew worked feverishly all day to repair the
racecar after a hard crash in the previous night’s race. Holmes
qualified the #22 Original Pizza Logs Modified eighth fastest. After
the redraw for starting positions he would line up for the main from
the inside of the third row, his best starting spot of the World
In the early laps Holmes settled into line as once again the
racing was primarily one groove. The first caution of the race waved
on lap 6 for a minor incident on the frontstretch. Holmes lined up
for the restart in fifth, just ahead of NASCAR Modified Tour star
Donny Lia. As the green flag waved, the 19-car field hurtled into
turn one. Lia tried to make a pass to the inside and there was
contact, sending the #22 into the concrete wall with significant
force. Holmes climbed from the car unhurt but the damage was too
extensive to continue racing.
It brought the World Series to a conclusion for Holmes and
the DeLange team. In seven nights of racing they were consistent,
with two top-ten and four top-twelve finishes, which produced a
tenth place position in the final point standings. Racing against a
very high level of competition was good experience for Holmes and
the team which they hope will pay dividends in the remainder of the
Look for further details on the 2007 schedule for DeLange
Racing coming soon.
February 18, 2007