DAYTONA BEACH, Florida — Eric Holmes (No. 20 NAPA Toyota) is on the verge of joining an elite group of seven stock car drivers who have won three championships in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
"After winning a championship in his first full season in 2006, Holmes went on to develop his driving resume into one of the strongest of any competitor in the history of the series. He has won championships in three of the four full seasons he has compet"— Kevin Green
The 36-year-old driver from Escalon, Calif., can clinch the 2010 title – to go with the series championships he won in 2006 and 2008 – by simply taking the green flag in the 3 Amigos Tequila 125 at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, Nov. 13. The event – which is slated to be televised on SPEED at 3 p.m. PT on Thursday, Nov. 18 – marks the season finale for the series.
With a last-place finish at PIR, Holmes would bring his points total for the season to 1,865. The most his closest challenger, David Mayhew (No. 17 MMI Services/Ron’s Rear Ends/KHI Chevrolet), could tally, should he win the race and lead the most laps, would be 1,856 points.
For Holmes, who scored the first of his five wins this season at Phoenix when the series visited the Valley of the Sun in April, another victory would be the perfect way to cap off his year.
Holmes made his debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West with a fifth-place finish at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif., in 1997. He ran in just seven races through 2005.
After winning a championship in his first full season in 2006, Holmes went on to develop his driving resume into one of the strongest of any competitor in the history of the series. He has won championships in three of the four full seasons he has competed in the series. A year ago he came up just short of the title, finishing as the runner-up.
In 60 career races overall, Holmes has scored 14 wins and won 13 pole awards, along with 38 top-five and 48 top-10 finishes. That translates to wins in 23.3 percent of his starts. In addition, 63.3 percent of his starts have resulted in a top-five finish and 80 percent have resulted in a top 10 finish. This season, he has notched five wins in 11 races, along with eight top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. A broken axle in the season opener led to his only finish out of the top 10.