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Holmes Nails Down Third Series Win Of Season
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Escalon driver Eric Holmes added a new track to his résumé of wins as he took the victory in the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts Bonus Challenge 150 in the inaugural visit by the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West to Montana Raceway Park on Saturday night.

The two-time champion used a long green-flag run at the start of the race to move up from his starting position of seventh and set up his charge for the lead.

After a debris caution on Lap 103 bunched the field, Holmes worked past David Mayhew on Lap 113 and took the race lead - a spot that he would not relinquish the rest of the night.

"I was hoping for no more cautions," Holmes said. "I knew I had the better car and I could stretch the lead out. I really wanted to take the high side once I was leading. It was fun. I don't think we've ever gone 105 laps without a caution. I was definitely working. I almost got dizzy after that."

Holmes credited his Bill McAnally Racing team for having the right set-up on the car.

"The NAPA Toyota team did a great job setting the car up. It was good at the end when it mattered," he said. "I know we missed a little bit in qualifying. We've been doing that this year. As long as we get to the front and not beat the car up too bad so we can race it next week in Denver."

It was Holmes' third win of the season and the 12th of his series career. As the leader in the championship standings coming into the event and the only driver with multiple wins, he was able to pad his points with just four events remaining on the schedule in his quest for a third series title.

The next event on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule is the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts Bonus Challenge 150 at Colorado National Speedway in Dacono, Colo., on Saturday, Aug. 14.