Bret Holmes Racing News and Notes: Gateway

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No. 23 Holmes ll Excavation Toyota Camry
Bret Holmes

Event: Day-to-Day Coffee 150
Date: June 22, 2019
Venue: World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway – Madison, Ill.

This Week’s Holmes ll Excavation Toyota at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway … Bret Holmes will pilot Chassis No. 113 in the Day-to-Day Coffee 150 at the World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. This Toyota Camry last saw track action at Pocono Raceway where Holmes started 10th and finished fifth.

Gateway Nuggets … Holmes has one previous appearance at the Madison, Ill., -based track where he started eighth and finished 10th.

To the Point … Holmes is currently second in the ARCA Menards Series driver championship point standings. The 22-year-old driver trails the leader by 35 points heading into this weekend’s race at the World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge … This weekend’s 120-lap event marks the sixth race of the 11-race Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge. Holmes is fourth in the point standings.

Review Mirror: Madison International Speedway … Holmes started the 200-lap event from the ninth position. The 22-year-old driver pitted under caution on lap 113 for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. After the field took the ensuing green flag, a quick rain shower blanketed the Oregon, Wisc., area. ARCA Menards Series officials brought all drivers to pit road for an extended red flag period. Prior to restarting the race, Holmes received right-side tires and fuel. As Holmes was leaving pit road with various other drivers, the stop sign was displayed and penalized the No. 23 team for exiting pit road too soon. Holmes was forced to restarted at the tail end of the line on lap 170. In the final 30 laps, Holmes improved his position to fifth before crossing the finish line.

Tune In Alert … Coverage of this weekend’s Day-to-Day Coffee 150 at the World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway will be televised live on Saturday, June 22, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on MAVTV. Live timing and scoring will also be available at

Gateway is a unique track. One end is similar to a speedway, and the other end is similar to a short track. Which end do you prefer?
“Probably turns three and four. In turns one and two, you’re using so much brake. It’s so tight in turns one and two, it’s a tough corner. Last year was my first year racing there. I felt like turns three and four just came to me naturally. I just figured them out quicker than I did the other end of it. Gateway is a fun track, not only to race but also the atmosphere around the track. We stay close to St. Louis, and that city is pretty cool.”