Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Nye takes Holland TQ mid-season championship

credit: Holland International Speedway
Shawn Nye picked up the Mid-Season Championship for the NYPA TQ Midgets Saturday night at Holland International Speedway. Zach Myers and Dave Vona won in the twin 25-lap features for the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Chargers, while Kenny Hejna won the Bank of Holland Hornet feature. Brandon DeBrakeleer won his third Advance Auto Parts INEX Legends feature of the season, Dale Lombardo scored his second win of the season in the Rookie 4’s, and Sharon Hughes won her first M&M U Pull-It Figure 8 car feature in several seasons.

took the lead on the opening lap of the 20-lap feature for the NYPA TQ Midgets. Dave Wollaber challenged Nye late in the race but Nye was too tough on this night, going on to score the victory.

In the first Getzoni Agency NASCAR Pro Charger feature event, Rich Carnes jumped into the early race lead. Near the halfway point of the race, Carnes, Max Northem and Vona made contact down the front straightaway, with Carnes and Northem heading towards the Turn 1 wall and Carnes landing on his side; Carnes and Northem both climbed out of their racers under their own power with Vona being the only one able to continue in the feature event. With Vona going to the rear of the field for his involvement in the incident, Myers and Nik Welshans shared the front row on the restart, with Myers taking off into the lead. Myers held off the constant pressure from Welshans to score his third win of the season.

In the second race, Josh Hathaway had the lead by the end of the first lap, with Vona and Myers working their way up through the field. Vona took the lead from Hathaway on Lap 3 and began to pull away from the rest of the field, going on to score his first career Holland Charger win.

Hejna took the lead from the drop of the green flag in the Bank of Holland Hornets feature, pulling away from the field to score the win, his first of the season. DeBrakeleer passed Carl Vilardo IV on Lap 7 to take the lead away in the Advance Auto Parts INEX Legends feature event, pulling away to score his third win of the season. Lombardo dominated the Rookie 4 feature, taking the lead on Lap 3 from Brian Erler and never looking back, going on to collect the checkered flag. Hughes returned to victory lane in the M&M U Pull-It Figure 8 car feature, pulling away from Don Haskell to pick up the popular win.

On Saturday, July 23, Holland International Speedway presents the Mid-Season Championships for all divisions. The Country 89 Canadian Outlaw Midget Series will be returning for their second appearance of the season, joined by the Chargers, Hornets, INEX Legends, Rookie 4’s and Figure 8’s. Pit gates open at 4:15 p.m., and grandstand gates open at 5:45 p.m., with qualifying getting underway at 6 p.m. and feature scheduled to go green at 7:05 p.m. Find out more at

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