Matthew Holt gets first win at Tazewell Speedway


Photo courtesy of Jason Nunn Matthew Holt won his first ever race June 6 and celebrated with family and friends in victory lane.

Allen Earl | Claiborne Progress file photo Matthew and Allen Holt race side by side in 2011.

When a driver gets his first win in a full-size race car he or she often wins the race in an unusual manner. Sometimes the driver hits the magic combination of setup that allows the machine to take him to the front, outdoing all others and other times it takes benefiting from others misfortune; however, in the case of Matthew Holt it was a little bit of both.

As he was approaching 10 years of age, Holt was already chasing speed as a kart driver. He made the switch to a late model in 2011 and began his pursuit of the Tazewell Speedway’s victory lane.

Holt used 2011 as a means of learning about the larger racing machine and improved so much that he was named the 2012 Rookie of the Year at Tazewell Speedway.

As he kept improving, Holt began racing to the front until the magic happened for him June 6 at Tazewell Speedway in the Limited Late model class feature event. He was racing to the front while at the same time the lead machines were backing up to him and having mechanical problems.

Holt channeled the racing lines of his favorite drivers, Billy Ogle Jr., Jeff Wolfenbarger and Scott Bloomquist and found the perfect line for his Rayburn chassis propelled by the power of D.J.’s Performance Engines that allowed him to drive into first and to take the checkers.

The son of Jeff and Michelle from Thorn Hill, Tennessee, had taken his first win in a late model, winning $1,550.

Holt’s racing future is as wide open as his throttle pedal. Without sponsors his success would not be possible. He said he has several sponsors including Holt’s Body Shop, Hopson’s Racing and Fabrication, Cooler Daddy Heating and Air (Lynn Holt), Mitchell Holt Logging, P&P Grading and A-1 Tint and Graphics.

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