DuQuoin State Fair PreviewAugust 28, 2019
No. 23 Holmes ll Excavation Chevrolet SS
Event/Date: Southern Illinois 100 – August 31, 2019
Venue: DuQuoin State Fairgrounds – DuQuoin, Ill.
This Weekend’s Holmes ll Excavation Chevrolet at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds … Bret Holmes will pilot Chassis No. 202 in the Southern Illinois 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Magic Mile. This is the same Chevrolet that Holmes drove to a third-place finish two weeks ago at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
DuQuoin Details … Holmes has one previous start on the Magic Mile at the DuQuoin State Fair where he started 11th and finished 12th.
Slingin’ Dirt … Holmes is no stranger to dirt racing. The 22-year-old driver grew up at the local dirt tracks in Alabama, earning wins and a championship along the way. In 2012, Holmes won the Crate Late Model division at Talladega Short Track. The following year, he went on to compete in the Super Late Model division with the Southern All-Stars Series where Holmes captured two victories and set the track record at Talladega Short Track. During that same season, Holmes finished second in the point standings and won Rookie-of-the-Year honors. Most recently, Holmes recorded a third-place finish in Springfield, Ill., just two weeks ago.
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 135 points heading into this weekend’s race at the Magic Mile.
Season Update … With five 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 the dirt track, he rides the momentum of six top-five and 14 top-10 finishes.
Meet the Driver … Holmes is scheduled to participate in the ARCA Menards Series driver autograph session on Saturday, August 31 beginning at 7 p.m. Local Time.
Review Mirror: Illinois State Fairgrounds … Holmes started the 100-lap main event from the 12th spot and worked his way into the ninth position before a quick rain shower moved in over the Springfield, Ill., -based dirt track. The veteran dirt racer restarted in the top 10 on lap 15 and began working his way to the front. By lap 31, Holmes was scored third and maneuvered into the second spot just two laps later. A late-race incident on lap 95 brought out the final yellow flag of the day. Holmes restarted fifth as the race went into overtime and was able to pick up two additional positions in the final laps to finish third.
Tune In Alert … Coverage of this weekend’s Southern Illinois 100 on the Magic Mile at the DuQuoin State Fair will be televised live on Saturday, August 31, beginning at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on MAVTV. Live timing and scoring will also be available at ARCARacing.com.
BRET HOLMES QUOTE:
What are your thoughts heading into this weekend’s dirt race at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds?
“We didn’t get the finish that we should have gotten two years ago at DuQuoin (State Fairgrounds). We actually got wrecked as we were taking over the lead. DuQuoin is a little bit different than Springfield. It’s a little bit slicker and harder on tires. I have the experience on dirt tracks. Two weeks ago, we ran really well. I think we’ll have the same showing this weekend and hopefully go for the win this time.”