Springfield Preview: Holmes not afraid to play in the dirtAugust 15, 2017
Bret Holmes, No. 23 Southern States Bank Chevrolet
ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards
Herr's Potato Chips 100
Illinois State Fairgrounds
(August 20, 2017)
Race: 14 of 20
Crew Chief: Sam Schram
Primary Sponsor(s): Southern States Bank / Holmes II Excavation
Engine: ARCA Ilmor 396
2017 Driver Points: 6th (2790 pts.)
2017 SCOTT Rookie Points: 2nd (312 pts.)
Sound Clip – Bret Holmes:
Bret’s thoughts on 8th-place finish at Winchester.
“I think we had a top-5 car overall, but we just over adjusted too much late in the race. We were happy with our performance because we knew that our car was fast, and that is something we haven’t been able to say much this season. We are getting better every week, and I think that is what we have to continue to focus on for the remainder of the season."
You started your racing career on the dirt in Alabama, what will it mean to race at Springfield this Sunday?
"Getting to run on the dirt against the guys that we run on asphalt with every week is one of the coolest things we do in the ARCA Racing Series. I grew up on dirt tracks in Alabama, so I think we will have a decent advantage over the guys that haven’t raced on it that much. It really is one of the best things about the series though when you go from a track like Pocono to Winchester and then end up on the dirt at a place like Springfield. It definitely speaks to the diversity of the series.”
Continuing with the dirt theme, what makes it so special?
"Just the idea that you are turning right to go left is something that you do not see in any other form of racing. I think that the best stock car racers come from dirt, and you see that with drivers like Tony Stewart and Kyle Larson. Dirt is something that takes you back to the roots of what we do, and I am just excited to get to participate in an event like this on Sunday. It should be a lot of fun."
The Highlight Reel:
• Holmes not afraid to play in the dirt – The Munford, Alabama native grew up around dirt racing, living only a few miles from the iconic Talladega Short Track (TST). His father, Stacy Holmes, also a racer for many years, held the record at TST until Bret took over the honor in 2013. Holmes has won at every level of dirt racing since he began at the age of 8. In the progression of his career, Holmes raced go-karts for four years and racked up consecutive seasons of 17, 18, and 25 wins respectively. From there he moved to the Super Late Model divisions on dirt and raced in Southern All-Stars Series; finishing second in points. Holmes also won Rookie of the Year honors as well with two wins and set the track record at Talladega Short Track in 2013 before focusing his attention towards asphalt racing in 2014.
• Herr's Potato Chips 100 Schedule – Practice for the Herr's Potato Chips 100 is scheduled from 9-10 a.m. with General Tire Pole Qualifying following at 11. The 55th annual Herr's Potato Chips 100 starts at 1:30 p.m. All times are local Central.
• Live on MAVTV -- The Herr's Potato Chips 100 will be live on MAVTV. ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring and live chat of all on-track activity throughout the afternoon.
Bret Holmes 2017 ARCA Season Stats:
- Starts: 13 (13 of 20)
- Wins: 0 (0.0%)
- Top-5 Finishes: 2 (15.4%)
- Top-10 Finishes: 8 (61.5%)
- Best Start: 2nd (Elko)
- Best Finish: 4th (Elko / Michigan)
- Laps Completed: 1862 of 1997 (93.2%)
- Laps Led: 0
- Average Start: 10.5
- Average Finish: 10.8
- DNF: 2 (Talladega / Toledo)
About Bret Holmes Racing: Bret Holmes Racing is an Alabama-based ARCA racing team that operates out of Munford, AL and Statesville, N.C. while still holding true to its traditional southern roots. Founded by Stacy Holmes, of Holmes II Excavation in Munford, the team sticks to its good nature and solid values to put the best product on and off the track with its driver Bret Holmes.