Home Is Where The Heart Is

Home Is Where The Heart Is

by September 17, 2012 0 comments

Bristol Motor Speedway; it’s our home. You always want to perform well in front of the home crowd. All your friends and family are there to support you, but I can only name one race when we’ve conquered our home track.

Let’s take a trip back to 2003 when Bubba attempted to make his first start at Bristol…

So here’s a 19 year old kid. Been out of high school about a year and he’s trying to make his first start at Bristol Motor Speedway in August of 2003. He’s driving an old cup car his Dad bought off Larry McClure. It was rebuilt in the shop behind his parents’ house with the help of friends and family that, at that time, worked at Morgan McClure Motorsports, where he also worked throughout high school. He’s now employed with Henderson Motorsports working in the shop and changing rear tires on the Food Country Chevrolet driven by Jay Sauter in the Busch Series.

A few of our amazing pit crew members

He rides to the track in a dully along with his crew, who are all volunteers, hauling his car in a small enclosed trailer. He’s decent in practice, goes out to qualify and misses making the race by one one thousandth of a second. Yes, ONE ONE THOUSANDTH.

Then in 2005, Holman finally made his first start at his home track in the Hooters Pro Cup Race. He finished 26th, getting caught up in someone else’s carnage.

March of 2006…

He’s spent the past few years running late models on local short tracks in Southwest Virginia and he’s now driving for Henderson Motorsports. His Dad is crew chiefing. It’s a cold rainy day in Northeast Tennessee, but somehow they manage to get practice in between the rain showers and he ends up 10th. The cars are lined up to qualify on the back stretch, the temperature drops and it suddenly begins snowing. Yep, it snowed qualifying out. The team had no points to fall back on and, once again, doesn’t make the race.

He makes the next Pro Cup race in 2007, finishing 23rd. I’m not sure what happened that race.

August 2008…

Victory Lane in 2008

Holman put the Food Country Chevrolet in the third spot on the starting grid for the Hooters Pro Cup Race. He runs within the top 10 the whole race, takes the lead for the last half and goes to win his first Hooters Pro Cup Race at his home track in front of his friends and family.

In 2010 he blows a tire within 30 laps of the checkered while leading in the Pro Cup Race and finishes 11th.

So there’s our Bristol history up until this year.

I could tell my brother was ecstatic leading up to this race. He LOVES The World’s Fastest Half Mile. He ran decent in practice and qualified 20th.

I got to the track around five, since I had to work. Of course, our pits were filled with loved ones that usually aren’t able to attend our races. The modified race was about to begin, so I headed up to the suite to watch it with some of the owners, store managers and friends. The Mod race is usually my favorite race of the weekend, besides the Trucks, of course.

Joanna and I during prerace

After that I headed back down to the infield to spend prerace with one of my best friends, Joanna, Bubba, Megan and Mom. Daddy was already up in the spotters stand.

We had a long green flag run at the beginning of the race and the leader finally caught us, but didn’t pass us as quickly as he did most others. We then had a caution and got our lap back since we were the first truck a lap down.

We pitted for tires and fuel, but didn’t get the truck filled all the way up with fuel. So Bub brought the Food Country Chevrolet down pit road to top it off before we went back green.

Well apparently you aren’t allowed to take fuel twice when you get the Lucky Dog, which we were unaware of. So we had to come back down pit road for a stop and go, which put us a lap down again.

Caleb piloting the Food Country USA Chevrolet on August 22nd at Bristol Motor Speedway

We fought back and finished on the lead lap. A 19th place finished in the Truck Series probably doesn’t mean a lot to most in this industry, but for our team, it’s a step in the right direction. After being out of NASCAR for the past six years, a top 20 is definitely nothing to be ashamed of.

We’ve had so much bad luck at Bristol and one amazing race that we will never forget. When you finally get that first win it makes all the bad times seem worth it and the bad times make those magical moments worthwhile.

Lindsey Holman

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