News and Notes: Daytona International SpeedwayFebruary 6, 2020
No. 23 Holmes ll Excavation / Southern States Bank Chevrolet SS
Event: Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire
Date: February 8, 2020
Venue: Daytona International Speedway – Daytona Beach, Fla.
Daytona Nuggets … This weekend’s ARCA Menards Series season-opener marks Holmes fourth appearance at the 2.5-mile paved oval. The Munford, Ala., native has garnered an average starting position of 14.3, and an average finishing position of 16th with one top-10 finish.
Looking Ahead to 2020 … Holmes and the No. 23 team are scheduled to participate in 14 ARCA Menards Series events this season, starting with this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. BHR team management is currently interviewing other drivers to potentially run additional races. More information will be announced later in the season.
New Season, New Look … The No. 23 team will carry a new paint scheme this year. Holmes traded in the red, black and yellow scheme for a new blue and white wrap for the 2020 season.
Rearview Mirror: 2019 … Holmes finished 10th or better in every race except for two events last season, Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. The Munford. Ala., native earned his best finish of third, on three separate occasions in 2019. With consistent finishes, Holmes finished out the season with eight top-five and 18 top-10 finishes, earning him third in the driver championship point standings.
Autograph, Please … Fans will have two opportunities to meet Holmes this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. The ARCA Menards Series garage will be open to fans on Saturday, Feb. 8 beginning at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The 22-year-old driver is also scheduled to partake in an autograph session at the General Tire display at 2 p.m.
Tune In Alert … Coverage of this weekend’s 80-lap affair will be televised live on Saturday, Feb. 8, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time on FOX Sports 1.
BRET HOLMES QUOTES:
Explain what it’s like to race at the World Center of Racing?
“There’s no feeling that compares to walking into the infield at Daytona (International Speedway). It’s a blessing to get to race there. It’s something I didn’t think I’d get the chance to do as a little kid. There’s so much history that runs through that track. It’s truly an honor to be able to say I’ve raced there.”
You’ve logged laps at Daytona (International Speedway), did you learn anything that will help you this weekend?
“I’ve learned quite a bit over the last few years that I’ve raced at Daytona (International Speedway). You have to remember all of the times, the good and the bad. We finished sixth there a few years ago, but last year we got tangled up in a wreck when we had a chance at taking the win. It’s all about patience. You never know what can happen in the draft. I think my experience will help me out a lot on Saturday during the race. We’ll use practice to make some minor adjustments and set us up for success during the race.”