Holmes and crew chief Weber join forces for 2018November 28, 2017
TOLEDO, Ohio (Nov. 17, 2017) -- After announcing that he'd be returning to the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards tour full-time in 2018, Munford, Alabama's Bret Holmes has also announced the addition of crew chief Matt Weber to his Bret Holmes Racing (BHR) team.
"It's a performance-based decision," said Holmes. "Matt's performance speaks for itself and we're certainly excited to welcome him to our team. Our goal is to improve performance and we think Matt's the guy to help us get there."
Weber, originally from Galion, Ohio, has crew-chiefed for several ARCA teams over the last four years, including champions Mason Mitchell Motorsports, Venturini Motorsports and Ken Schrader Racing. Weber finished second in his first ARCA race as a crew chief at Toledo in 2014 with Mitchell driving, and then won with Mitchell at Chicagoland. Mitchell also won the pole at Toledo with a new track record that still stands.
Weber has continually built a reputation for turning things around to the good, winning with Kevin Swindell on the Springfield mile dirt and Brennan Poole at Kentucky. Weber also engineered Travis Braden's surprise win in his first ARCA start at Lucas Oil Raceway in 2015. Weber worked with Ken Schrader Racing in 2017, crew-chiefing second cars as necessary as well as crew-chiefing for Ty Majeski.
"The cool part about this…working with Schrader this year…Donnie (Richeson/Schrader's crew chief) and Kenny go way back with Stacy (Holmes/Bret's dad). I heard per the wind they (BHR) were looking and if they could talk to them. Bret knew that the Majeski car ran well. They noticed and Stacy called me up. We talked about stepping this program up to where they should be running."
Weber is bringing his own philosophy to the program.
"My philosophy is to create everything on common footing. When Bret gets in the car he always knows what he'll feel. There's not a lot of time in practice at ARCA races, so we want to shorten his learning curve. We've got a lot of good things in place…connections and resources at GMS (Racing). We have a lot of work to do…going to the wind tunnel next week. We're also going to be testing. I feel very good about this program and I'm grateful for the opportunity."
Bret Holmes Racing, which currently resides in the fabrication shop at GMS Racing, will be moving to another shop at GMS by December