Bret Holmes Racing News and Notes: Iowa Speedway

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No. 23 Holmes ll Excavation Toyota Camry
Bret Holmes

Event: Fans with Benefits 150
Date: July 19, 2019
Venue: Iowa Speedway – Newton, Iowa

This Week’s Holmes ll Excavation Toyota Camry at Iowa Speedway … Bret Holmes will pilot Chassis No. 113 in the Fans with Benefits 150 at Iowa Speedway. This Toyota Camry last saw track action at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway where Holmes started fifth and finished 10th.

Newton Nuggets … Holmes has two previous starts at the Newton, Iowa -based track. In both of those appearances, Holmes scored top-10 finishes. He has an average starting position of eighth, and an average finishing position of 8.5.

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 65 points heading into this week’s race at Iowa Speedway.

Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge … This week’s 150-lap event marks the eighth race of the 11-race Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge. Holmes is fourth in the point standings.

Season Update … With 13 races complete on the ARCA Menards Series schedule, 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 and Chicagoland Speedway when he finished third. As Holmes heads to Iowa Speedway, he rides the momentum of five top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.

Review Mirror: Elko Speedway … Holmes started the 250-lap short track shootout from the 10th position. Battling handling issues in the opening laps, Holmes visited pit road under yellow-flag conditions on lap 122 for right-side tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. The Munford, Ala., native restarted fifth and made his way into the top-three of the running order just a few laps later. As Holmes was battling for position, another competitor forced the 22-year-old driver into the outside wall on lap 202. The No. 23 pit crew assessed the damage and found that the front suspension was also impaired during the impact. Holmes was able to return to racing conditions, despite the damage and earned a ninth-place result.

Tune In Alert … Coverage of this week’s Fans with Benefits 150 at Iowa Speedway will be televised live on Friday, July 19, beginning at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on MAVTV. Live timing and scoring will also be available at ARCARacing.com.

BRET HOLMES QUOTES:
Thoughts on heading to Iowa Speedway this week?

“I can’t wait to get to Iowa Speedway. I think it’ll be a perfect race for us to bounce back from last weekend at Elko Speedway and get a string of consistent top-five finishes back. We could set ourselves up for a good points day and even better, a win. It’s a racer’s track for sure, which makes it all that more fun to race. There’s not one preferred line, that makes it exciting to pass and race with the cars around you.”

Iowa Speedway is known for its fans, what’s your experience with their fan base?
“The fans out in Iowa are great. Each week, we roll into another track and get to meet some of the best fans. Without them, we all wouldn’t be out there racing. But when you come to Iowa, it’s like coming back home. All the fans make you feel so welcome. The past couple of races, I’ve had fans come up to me and say that they already have their tickets for this week’s race at Iowa Speedway and how excited they are for it. It’s just a perfect short track in the middle of nowhere that puts on the best show.”