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Nelson claims Holland College 250 victory

The Canadian eMotorsports Series held its inaugural regular season race on Tuesday night at the Daytona International Speedway, the Holland College 250.

Jacob Nelson, from Clarksville, Tennessee, and driver of the number nine Chevrolet Camaro, outlasted 32 other drivers from across North America to record the victory in a crash-filled 100 lap race around the 2.5-mile speedway.

With the victory, Nelson clinches the first of 16 playoff spots up for grabs as well as adds five playoff points.

The series will now shift its focus to the Cooke Insurance Group 200 next Tuesday, June 2, for the second regular season race of the year on the two-mile speedway.  Watch the race live at www.facebook.com/emotorsportsCAN with the pre-show beginning at 7:45pm eastern.

 

Holland College 250 race recap

Pole-sitter, Jacob Nelson, charged ahead once the green flag was thrown to begin the race with the inside line dominating early. A 15-car pack pulled away from the rest of the field before the first caution of the race on lap six. 

The field struggled to organize themselves for a lengthy green-flag run with many restarts leading to cautions as frustrations grew during the race.  The preferred line was on the inside as an organized draft was never established on the outside line throughout the race.

With much of the trouble happening at the rear of the field as drivers jostled for position, Nelson was able to hold onto the lead through the first 30 laps of the race before relinquishing it under caution during the first round of pit stops.

Sterling Ford (Harrington, PEI) in the number 8, Blue Heron Construction, Chevrolet Camaro, Kevin Fenech (Toronto, Ontario) in the number 81, Primary Engines Inc, Chevrolet Camaro, and Bruce Webb (Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia) in the number 63, Uncommon Spirit Co. Jewelry, Toyota Camry exchanged the lead through the middle portion of the race, with Webb holding onto the lead for over thirty laps during this stretch before pitting with under twenty laps to go.

As the race came to it’s final laps, Nelson was able to reshuffle to the front of the pack during pit stops under caution.

After a caution on lap 98 sent the race into overtime, Nelson was able to outlast a hard charging Mike Marini (Thunder Bay, Ontario) in his number 42 True North Racin, Toyota Camry, as the race-ending caution was displayed during the final lap of overtime due to a wreck at the rear of the field.

In total there were 24 cautions in the race.

 

Here are the official results from the Holland College 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

MANUFACTURER

STATUS

QUALIFY

1

9

Jacob Nelson

Tennessee, USA

Chevrolet

Complete

P1

2

42

Mike Marini

Ontario, Canada

Toyota

Complete

P17

3

81

Kevin Fenech

Ontario, Canada

Chevrolet

Complete

P27

4

17

Corbin MacAulay

PEI, Canada

Ford

Complete

P5

5

38

Jayce Swint

Alabama, USA

Toyota

Complete

P10

6

6

Trevor Kinsey

Michigan, USA

Ford

Complete

P2

7

66

Jason MacQuarrie

PEI, Canada

Chevrolet

Complete

P33

8

55

Trent Neilson

Indiana, USA

Ford

Complete

P7

9

0 5

Rhon-Paul Lecky

PEI, Canada

Ford

Complete

P18

10

2

Daniel Cudmore

PEI, Canada

Ford

Complete

P9

11

41

Jose Mercado

Florida, USA

Ford

Complete

P22

12

77

Eric Greer

Kentucky, USA

Toyota

Complete

P11

13

64

Darcy Ford

PEI, Canada

Ford

Complete

P32

14

4

Scott Bailey

Michigan, USA

Ford

Complete

P6

15

63

Bruce Webb

Nova Scotia, Canada

Toyota

Complete

P23

16

88

Shane Cannon

Ontario, Canada

Chevrolet

Complete

P25

17

18

Blake Bernard

PEI, Canada

Toyota

Complete

P21

18

60

Lee Campbell

New York, USA

Ford

Complete

P12

19

13

Kevin Daigle

Ontario, Canada

Toyota

Complete

P15

20

67

Waylon Brown

Alberta, Canada

Chevrolet

Complete

P3

21

10

Jason Butler

Ontario, Canada

Ford

Complete

P4

22

21

Chad Hyder

Ohio, USA

Ford

Complete

P28

23

87

Justin Deloach

Louisiana, USA

Ford

1 lap down

P24

24

44

Dalton Simpson

Illinois, USA

Chevrolet

1 lap down

P26

25

15

Joseph Squatriglia

Pennsylvania, USA

Chevrolet

1 lap down

P13

26

47

Michael Robinson

PEI, Canada

Ford

1 lap down

P16

27

19

Michael Dimitroff

PEI, Canada

Ford

1 lap down

P14

28

43

Rafael Delossantos

Connecticut, USA

Ford

1 lap down

P19

29

33

Jason Maluchnik

Pennsylvania, USA

Chevrolet

1 lap down

P31

30

98

Mark Cox

PEI, Canada

Ford

1 lap down

P8

31

8

Sterling Ford

PEI, Canada

Chevrolet

1 lap down

P20

32

48

Drew Bernard

PEI, Canada

Ford

23 laps down

P30

33

0 9

Jason Laube

Minnesota, USA

Chevrolet

78 laps down

P29

 

Watch the archived broadcast from The Clash at www.hollandcollege.com/esports.

For more information on the Canadian eMotorsports Series, visit www.hollandcollege.com/esportswww.facebook.com/emotorsportsCANwww.twitter.com/emotorsportsCAN and www.instagram.com/emotorsportsCAN.

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For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020