Lucas Oil Raceway PreviewOctober 2, 2019
No. 23 Holmes ll Excavation Toyota Camry
Event/Date: Herr’s Potato Chips 200 – October 5, 2019
Venue: Lucas Oil Raceway – Brownsburg, Ind.
This Weekend’s Holmes ll Excavation Toyota Camry at Lucas Oil Raceway … Bret Holmes will pilot Chassis No. 113 this weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway. This Bret Holmes Racing-prepared Camry last saw track action at Salem Speedway where Holmes finished fourth.
Lucas Oil Nuggets … Holmes has two previous starts at the Brownsburg, Ind., short track. In those two appearances, Holmes has garnered two top-10 finishes.
Four Crown Champion … With Holmes’ eighth-place finish at Salem Speedway two weeks ago, he was awarded the CGS Imaging Four Crown championship. The championship-within-a-championship takes each driver’s finish from the four types of tracks the ARCA Menards Series visits throughout the season, including superspeedways, intermediates, short tracks and dirt tracks. The finishes are then averaged, and the driver with the highest average finish is crowned the champion. Holmes is the 25th driver to collect the prestigious award.
To the Point … Holmes is currently third in the ARCA Menards Series driver championship point standings. The 22-year-old driver trails the leader by 110 points heading into this weekend’s race at Lucas Oil Raceway.
Season Update … With two races remaining in the ARCA Menards Series season, Holmes has finished 10th or better in every race except for two events, Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. The Munford. Ala., native earned his best finish so far this season at Michigan International Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway and Illinois State Fairgrounds when he finished third. As Holmes heads to Lucas Oil Raceway, he rides the momentum of seven top-five and 16 top-10 finishes.
Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge … This weekend’s 200-lap event marks the final race of the 11-race Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge. Holmes is third in the point standings.
Meet the Driver … Holmes is scheduled to participate in the ARCA Menards Series driver autograph session on Saturday, October 5, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
Review Mirror: Salem Speedway … Holmes posted the fifth-fastest time during qualifying for the 200-lap affair. The 22-year-old driver was shuffled out of position at the drop of the initial green flag but settled into the eighth position before the first caution of the night waved on lap 23. Holmes reported to the Shane Huffman-led team of a loose-handling condition developing on long green-flag runs. Holmes worked his way into the second position by lap 102. As tires began to wear, Holmes slipped back to fourth but was able to maintain his position until the end of the event.
Tune In Alert … Coverage of this weekend’s 200-lap affair will be televised live on Saturday, October 5, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on MAVTV. Live timing and scoring will also be available at ARCARacing.com.
BRET HOLMES QUOTE:
As a driver, how do you adjust from coming off a high-banked track like Salem Speedway to a fairly flat Lucas Oil Raceway?
“Lucas Oil Raceway is a tough track. You’re running a lot harder and faster there than you are at a track like Salem Speedway. The corners are so flat, you almost have to talk yourself out of lifting going into the corner. It’s your first instinct when it’s that flat to lift. I think this weekend will be a solid race for us. This team has really improved our short-track program over the course of the season. It’s going to be hard racing with it being the second-to-last-race of the season and a short track. The fans will enjoy it for sure.”