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Late-Race Incident Relegates Holmes to Ninth-Place Finish

Late-Race Incident Relegates Holmes to Ninth-Place Finish

July 14, 2019

ARCA Menards Series
Menards 250
Elko Speedway
July 13, 2019

Late-Race Incident Relegates Holmes to Ninth-Place Finish

Bret Holmes and the No. 23 Holmes ll Excavation Chevrolet team finished ninth at Elko Speedway after sustaining suspension damage from contact with another competitor in the late stages of the event. Holmes started the 250-lap short track shootout from the 10th position. Battling handling issues in the opening laps, Holmes visited pit road under yellow-flag conditions on lap 122 for right-side tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. The Munford, Ala., native restarted fifth and made his way into the top-three of the running order just a few laps later. As Holmes was battling for position, another competitor forced the 22-year-old driver into the outside wall on lap 202. Crew chief Shane Huffman called Holmes to pit road to repair the damage. The No. 23 pit crew assessed the damage and found that the front suspension was also impaired during the impact. Holmes was able to return to racing conditions, despite the damage and earned a ninth-place result.

Start – 10th      Finish – 9th      Points Position – 2nd                                              

BRET HOLMES QUOTE:
“We were on track for another top-three finish until the No. 27 car got into us and forced us into the wall. The impact with him and the wall caused front end body and suspension damage. The No. 23 team did a great job repairing our Chevrolet, but the bent suspension hurt the handling of the car for the rest of the race. I hate that we couldn’t show how fast we really were with a better finish. Our guys work hard every week, and they deserve a better finish than that. All we can do is persevere and head to Iowa Speedway.”

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