2016 SPEARS Southwest Tour Roasted Rattler 125 winner Dan Holtz has entered the 2018 Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway on January 1-3, 2018. Holtz sat out the 2017 SRL season due to a growing business, but he will make his return with new Crew Chief Willie Allen and the same former Jim Pettit car he drove to victory lane at Tucson Speedway.
“Last year I had some major time commitments with the rapid growth of my business,” Holtz told the Spears SRL Southwest Tour Series. “I had to focus on being there at that critical time. I’ve got my life set up now, so I can afford the time to race again. I am very excited to be back and running the tour. I am looking forward to working with Willie Allen and some new crew members. With the Winter Showdown, I’m looking forward to getting the 2018 season off to a great start.”
The former Mesa Marin Raceway track champion was also a winner in the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour Series at the same facility. He finished fifth in the championship standings that same season (2003) in his only full NFSWT Series campaign.
Holtz has one start in the Winter Showdown, which came in 2016. He finished 14th after a late-race incident derailed his impressive seventh-place qualifying effort.
Holtz will have a new crew chief in 2018 with Willie Allen coming on board. Allen has experience with the SRL tracks as a former crew chief for Collins Motorsports and Blaine Rocha. In particular, Allen has experience at Kern County Raceway as a driver as well. In 2017, Allen participated in the 3rd Annual Winter Showdown. He finished fifth in that effort, and will bring that experience to bear at the 4th Annual Winter Showdown, which pays $30,000 to win.
“I definitely think the experience and track time the last few years I gained will be valuable to the race team,” Allen stated. “Having a really fast car and being able to run the whole race last year was huge. It gave me a better aspect of exactly what the car needs to be able to win. We were super close to victory lane last year and I feel I know the adjustments we needed or missed. This is especially true with the track temperature changes on race day.”
On February 3, Holtz will bring his Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center, Concrete Motorsports Chevy to Kern County Raceway with the intent of bringing home the $30,000 winner’s prize. With two sixth-place finishes at KCR in three SRL starts, look for Holtz and the Willie Allen led team to be strong contenders throughout the 300-lap race.
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-SRL Story by Kevin Peters
-Photo credit: Sal Sigala, Jr.