“I’m really feeling like we’re onto something great here,” Holbrook said of the team’s evolution. “This is our fifth season as a team and our second year as a multi-car effort. I’m beyond proud of what we’ve accomplished together. Two wins is exactly what we needed, and I can’t wait for Road America.”
Cherry equaled his season-best result of second in the No. 13 Autism Society of America/Avpro/Purposeful Architecture Mazda MX-5 in his first weekend with Shea Racing. After gaining three positions on the start, Cherry secured the Optima Batteries Best Standing Start Award. TCA polesitter Ernie Francis Jr. finished third in the No. 98 Breathless Performance Mazda MX-5. Francis’ pass over Jason Wolfe in the No. 36 Wolfe Trucking Kia Forte Koup for third place on lap 22 was the Invisible Glass Clean Pass of the Race Award.
The TCB battle was particularly entertaining as Palmer, in the No. 37 MINI USA Mini Cooper, four-time 2014 winner Brian Price in the No. 51 Unlimited Racing/RP Performance Honda Fit and Paul Holton in the No. 65 Radium/TRUECar/Lucas Oil Honda Fit all took turns leading the race.
Price led from laps one through 10, with Holton moving into the lead from laps 11-15. Palmer then took the top spot for a lap on lap 16, before Price regained the position on lap 17. But Palmer would not be denied. On lap 24, the penultimate lap, Palmer made the move past turn three to take the lead for the final time and make it home to his third career series victory. The move was the Cadillac CTS-V Move of the Race. He continues an incredible run of podiums; Sunday’s result marks his 12th podium in 13 career starts.
“We were switching positions nearly every corner,” Palmer said. “I don’t know how many lead changes there were or position changes in general. Price got loose in Turn 1 and I took that corner great, I had speed coming out of 2, went to the inside for 3, cleared him and was hoping he wouldn’t be close enough to get around me on the front straight with the power of the Hondas. That was the best race of the year excitement wise for the fans by far.”
Added Palmer, “Thanks to Chris from MINI USA, Brad and Stuart from MINI of Charleston, Mobil 1, Flying L Racing, Ridings Racing, Discount Tire, my Dad along with all my family.”
Price finished second, continuing his run of success with six top-two finishes in as many races this year. Nathan Stacy made it to third late in the race in the No. 14 MDG/Ford Racing Ford Fiesta. Andrei Kisel in the No. 57 Racing.ca/LaptopScreen.com Mini Cooper and Dave Rosenblum in the No. 18 Leo & Tommy’s Men Shop/VAC Ford Fiesta finished fourth and fifth, for season-best results. Holton fell to seventh by the checkered flag.