Holtgraver Tops The All Stars At Mercer
MERCER, Pa. – Danny Holtgraver probably wishes the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions raced at Mercer Raceway Park a lot more.
The Pittsburgh, Pa., native held off a very motivated Cap Henry to score his second series win of 2013 Saturday night.
Holtgraver has won every time he has competed at Mercer this season – four wins. He has seven total victories in 2013 including the pair of UNOH All Star victories. The last time Holtgraver competed at Mercer he won both the 360 sprint feature and 410 sprint event. The victory is the fifth career UNOH All Star win for the former Lernerville track champion.
Cautions near the end of the race were a big benefit to Holtgraver, who at one point had lost the lead to Henry, who finished second to Holtgraver earlier this year at Mercer.
“We were good in traffic. Cap got around me at one point, but then got hung up and I got back around and the caution came out. Ohio Speedweek turned our season around. We had consistently good finishes. That’s what we needed, some consistency. Brian (Kemenah), Chris (Bowe), my dad and all the guys have been working hard and this is pretty awesome. I have a lot of confidence now as we get into the big races next couple of weeks,” said Holtgraver beside his Rob Hunter/Bryan Grove owned machine.
“We are starting to really gel at the right time of the year. We are communicating very well and I feel really good in the car,” added Holtgraver of his Berlin Natural Bakery/Canton Erectors/J&J Auto Racing/Kistler Engines/VRP Shocks/DKW Transport/Classic Ink backed No. 45.
While most drivers would be happy with a runner-up finish, Henry felt disappointed that he couldn’t give his crew a win. It was announced this week that Henry’s team was scaling back due to finances and would run the rest of the Ohio Region races for the UNOH All Stars but would miss the Western Region competition.