Bakersfield, CaliforniaIt was the 27th October Classic at Mesa Marin Raceway. Dan Holtz started the NASCAR AutoZone Southwest Series "FORD Motorcraft 150” 8th on the grid after qualifying 3rd best.
Holtz quickly passed 2 cars to move into 6th place with a very strong car. At around lap 55 Holtz had the feeling he had a tire going down.
Holtz said, "Every time we had a restart the car wouldn't go, then the more laps we ran the better the car got". Holtz was battling at every restart to hold off the cars behind him until the tire pressure would come up. He figured it was going down at least 6 pounds at every yellow. The car was pretty good on the long runs except at the end of the race. After two restarts after race was supposed to be over,
Holtz finished the race 4th in his Thompson Motorsports/Rialto Concrete Products Ford Taurus.
Holtz won the Southwest Series Race at Mesa Marin Raceway in March 2003. Holtz has a Port City Chassis and Watkins Engine Development Motor. Holtz was 5th in points in 2003 with one WIN in the Southwest Series. He was also the 2001 and 2003 Mesa Marin Raceway Super Late Model Champion.
Holtz plans on running the entire 2005 Southwest Series Schedule.