Salem Speedway Event PreviewSeptember 11, 2019
No. 23 Holmes ll Excavation Toyota Camry
Event/Date: Fall Classic 200 – September 14, 2019
Venue: Salem Speedway – Salem, Ind.
This Weekend’s Holmes ll Excavation Toyota Camry at Salem Speedway … Bret Holmes will pilot Chassis No. 113 this weekend at Salem Speedway. This Bret Holmes Racing-prepared Camry last saw track action at Iowa Speedway where Holmes finished eighth.
Hoosier State Details … Holmes has five previous starts at the half-mile paved track. In those five appearances, Holmes has garnered one top-five and four top-10 finishes. The Auburn University student has a 10.6 average starting position, coupled with an 8.0 average finishing position.
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 160 points heading into this weekend’s race at Salem Speedway.
Season Update … With three 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 Salem Speedway, he rides the momentum of six top-five and 15 top-10 finishes.
Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge … This weekend’s 200-lap event marks the 10th 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, September 14 beginning at 5:45 p.m. Eastern Time.
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Review Mirror: DuQuoin State Fair … Holmes started the final dirt race of the season from the eighth position. The 22-year-old driver was running in the sixth spot on lap nine when he visited pit road for an unscheduled green-flag pit stop. Due to high humidity and track conditions, the grille on Holmes’ machine became packed with dirt and caused an overheating issue. After pitting to clean the grille, Holmes was scored one lap down in the 16th position. Holmes moved into the 10th position on lap 62. With two laps remaining in the race, Holmes was able to advance his position to ninth before crossing the start/finish line.
Tune In Alert … Coverage of this weekend’s 200-lap affair will be televised live on Saturday, September 14, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Time on MAVTV. Live timing and scoring will also be available at ARCARacing.com.
BRET HOLMES QUOTE:
What do you like about the high-banked, high-speed track known as Salem Speedway?
“I like the tracks with a worn-out, rough surface. I’m just kind of used to racing at places like Salem (Speedway). Tire management is big at a short track like Salem. The two corners are completely different, too. It’s just a fun track to race. Earlier this year, we tried something a little too extreme on the set up, and it didn’t work out the way we wanted it to. We’re going into this weekend with a set up that we know will be better, and I’m excited to unload and get on track for practice. We’ve run well there in the past, and I don’t see this weekend being any different.”