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Kate Moss/Holly Golembiewski Is a Star

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Holly Golembiewski/Kate Moss

She had a smile that lit up a room, an infectious laughter that made you happy, and a presence that was so palpable you just wanted to be with her.

Holly Golembiewski, also known as Kate Moss, was a beautiful person inside and out.

We first me at Pocono Raceway in August 2013 when Holly was covering the races for her radio station  CLNS. She approached me about what I do and found out that I helmed my own website, Drafting the Circuits, that not only did Internet Radio but also original articles about racing.

Holly exchanged information with me and promised to be in touch as she wanted to write for me.

That fall we spoke on the phone and via Facebook and agreed that Holly would write a weekly column.

Her articles were well-received and always had a strong core that touched the readers at Drafting the Circuits. Holly had a true talent for knowing what her readership wanted to read. Her Earnhardt articles always broke records at my site.

As Christmas 2013 approached Holly sent me an article to edit that was lovely but not appropriate at DTC. She had written a beautiful gratitude list that listed all of the people who had blessed her life and gave her opportunities in this business that she loved to do. I was fortunate to be on that list.

I told Holly that as much as I loved the article it was not for DTC and race fans, but rather the perfect launch of Blog for Holly to embark.

She agreed and started blogging!

By spring of 2014 we had decided we’d cover the NASCAR races at Pocono International Raceway together. In June we attended our first race as a team. We were fast friends and worked in simpatico. I’d never seen anyone write so much, so topical, and so well. I was relegated to being Holly’s editor solely instead of lead writer. I didn’t fight the natural flow of the weekend.

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Candice Smith and Holly Golembiewski Pocono Raceway Media Center June 2014

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won that race at Pocono. Holly was beyond ecstatic as she would often confess that even though she was a part of the NASCAR media, she was a HUGE fan of Junior’s.  We were in Victory Lane together for the heady experience.

Holly asked a good question at the press conference after the race which lasted well over an hour. When Earnhardt, Jr. finally got up to leave, Holly raced to where he was headed, took out her camera phone, and stopped Junior for a “selfie”.

I was mortified.

As media we are not allowed to be fans. Holly came back to our seats and apologized immediately but said she couldn’t let that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity pass her by.

Convinced NASCAR and/or Pocono would take away our credentials I stewed silently for about a week. When no repercussions occurred I relaxed.

Holly had chutzpah.

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Candice Smith and Holly Golembiewski Pocono Raceway Media Center August 2014

We covered the races together again at Pocono in August 2014. As luck would have it Earnhardt, Jr. won again.  Holly was completely professional the entire weekend.

In the media center we worked hard, spoke personally about our lives, made friends, and talked and laughed a bit too loudly.

In the garage area we introduced each other to our contacts, took pictures, and were one another’s buddy.

I missed the June 2015 race at Pocono and Holly told me how much she missed me.

I missed her, too.

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Holly Golembiewski and Candice Smith Pocono Raceway August 1, 2015

We just came off of the August NASCAR races at Pocono and were reunited after a year. It was like no time had passed. We were as close, silly, and united as we ever were.

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Holly Golembiewski and Candice Smith Pocono Raceway August 2, 2015 The last picture of the “Dynamic Duo” together.

Holly and I had plans to cover the IndyCar races at Pocono later this month – she had never been and was so looking forward to it.

In fact, Holly was looking forward to a lot of positives in her life. Her Internet radio program was likely being picked up by PRN and her terrestrial radio show was a huge hit in her local area. Holly was a regular fill in for a local cable television show as well.

People knew the public “Kate Moss” persona – she posted cute selfies, race questions, and always promoted her projects.

They know that Kate replied to nearly every comment she ever got on social media and prided herself on her connection to her fans.

But here is what you might not know.

Holly was an only child who lived with her parents who adored her and vice versa.

Holly was a longtime member of the Lion’s Club and was most proud of her service and connection to the organization. She attended meetings with her Daddy.

Holly was a well-loved high school teacher.

Holly was an avid sports fan, not just race fan. She could speak to any man about sports and they always walked away impressed with her vast knowledge.

Holly used to go to NASCAR races, especially at Pocono, with her Daddy since she was a little girl. She’d been around Dale Earnhardt, Darrell Waltrip, and had great stories to tell about her experiences.

Holly was a very polite young woman. Every time we covered races together she presented me with a “thank you gift”. The gifts are treasured by me and always something I loved. She knew me and took the time to select something that resonated with me.

Holly knew how to say thank you, show her gratitude, tell you her appreciation, and make you feel valued. In this world that is a rare and wonderful trait. I will miss that about Holly the most.

Holly was very smart, intelligent, and silly. Her work ethic was strong, her determination boundless, and her moral compass straight. But that girl knew how to giggle and it was awesome to be in on the laugh with her!

Holly had a huge heart and terrible luck with men. She desperately wanted to find true love and often told me I got a “good one”. I always told her she would, too.

I was often a little jealous of Holly. She was young and blonde, finding success in all fronts of her media career, and always moving forward.

But, I could never feel anything other than happy for Holly because she worked so hard for everything she earned.

Holly was a loving daughter, wonderful friend, awesome writer, radio host, television host, community-minded person, teacher, and celebrity.

Many of us lost a very special person when Holly died, but for those of us whose lives she touched, we are all the better for having known her.

Holly taught me to live life, to go for it and worry about consequences later.

Holly always thought it was better to ask forgiveness than get permission.

Holly will always be remembered as a vital, gorgeous, engaging, endearing, energetic, and awesome woman.

Last night somebody said, “Look at all of the stars in the sky.”

Without thinking I said, “Yes, Holly is one of them now.”

 

 

12 comments

  1. Candi, a wonderful article to a friend that brought so much joy. Think of her laughter, think of her smile and that is what she would think of this wonderful tribute.

  2. What a great tribute to honor such a angel. She truly is a star. I’m sure she is looking down in heaven and say thank you. She truly is a special woman and friend.

  3. Well said Candice…I like others…got to know her through the internet…and through her posts…got to interact with you…I remember when she was excited a few years ago about beginning a new page in her life…leaving a comfortable and secure career as a teacher to embark on pursuing her passion of reporting and writing articles covering Nascar racing…and she did connect with her fans on her social outlets…whether it was a thank-you or words of encouragement…I will miss participating in her weekly Nascar pool where all of her Facebook friends were invited to select the winner of the weekly Nascar race…
    I am sure many of her fans will miss her…The public acknowledgement of her Facebook page is a testament to this alone…
    She is in the “Winner’s Circle” now waving the checkered flag with Jesus…Godspeed Kate/Holly
    Thank you Candice for sharing your column with us…
    2 Timothy 4:7…I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

  4. What a great tribute Candice. Kate/holly really is a special woman and friend. She touched a lot of hearts and she really made me smile every time I would hear her on the radio. Perfect article

  5. What a wonderful tribute to an awesome young lady by a true friend.

  6. Beautiful tribute to Holly.

  7. Beautifully written, and all very true. I have seen her at a few races on Pit Road and finally during qualifying she came up to me and introduced herself and I immediately was captivated by her positive energy and vibrant love of life and the people around Her. We exchanged numbers and ran into each other all weekend , and of course , the end of race weekend hug that a lot of us are familiar with. I’m glad I got that hug. I will think of her every Pocono Race from now on and smile, because that’s what she constantly did. And knowing Holly , Jr. just may win that championship , she’ll drive that car for him! Love ya girl ! Keep shining on us ????

  8. This is a beautifully written, poignant tribute to Holly. It encompasses everything she meant to those whose lives she touched.

  9. That was absolutely beautiful! I couldn’t have said it better. You really described her to a “T”. So sorry we never got to meet. I produced the public affairs show that she hosted. She taught me so much about the industry. I will miss her terribly. This was a great tribute to her and her legacy.

  10. Kate, Holly…whatever name you knew her by
    She made you smile and forget about your woes
    Now this amazing Lady is gone, but don’t cry
    Instead, Smile a smile as big as your mouth goes!
    Why? That’s what she’d want…it’s what she did the most
    A kind, sweet soul we are better for having known
    A teacher, a DJ, a writer and sometimes a host
    Above all a friend and an angel whose wings have grown.

    Fly High Beautiful Lady…

  11. Kate, Holly…whatever name you knew her by

    She made you smile and forget about your woes

    Now this amazing Lady is gone, but don’t cry

    Instead, Smile a smile as big as your mouth goes!

    Why? That’s what she’d want…it’s what she did the most

    A kind, sweet soul we are better for having known

    A teacher, a DJ, a writer and sometimes a host

    Above all a friend and an angel whose wings have grown.

    Fly High Beautiful Lady…

  12. Beautiful article – Thank you for sharing.

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