Bret Holmes News and Notes: Salem Speedway

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No. 23 Holmes ll Excavation Chevrolet SS
Bret Holmes

Event: ARCA 200
Date: April 14, 2019
Venue: Salem Speedway – Salem, Ind.

This Week’s Holmes ll Excavation Chevrolet at Salem Speedway … Bret Holmes will pilot Chassis No. 202 in the ARCA 200 at Salem Speedway. This Bret Holmes Racing-prepared Chevrolet SS made its first competitive laps at Five Flags Speedway last month where Holmes started fifth and finished sixth.

Salem Nuggets … Holmes has four previous starts at the Salem, Ind.-based track in the ARCA Menards Series. In those four appearances, he has garnered one top-five and three top-10 finishes coupled with a 10.8 average starting position and a 7.5 average finishing position.

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Review Mirror: Five Flags Speedway … Holmes started the 200-lap main event from the fifth position at Five Flags Speedway. After the first initial laps around the half-mile track, Holmes remained a fixture within the top five of the running order for most of the race. Holmes was scored in the fifth position when the final caution of night arrived on lap 160. Holmes pitted for four fresh tires and fuel and restarted fourth. He slipped to eighth with 40 laps remaining but was able to work his way back to the sixth position before taking the checkered flag.

Meet the Driver … Holmes is scheduled to participate in the ARCA Menards Series autograph session on Sunday, April 14, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The driver autograph session will be located on the starting grid.

Tune In Alert … Coverage of this weekend’s ARCA 200 at Salem Speedway will be televised live on Sunday, April 14, beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern Time on MAVTV. Live timing and scoring will also be available at

You have a solid record at Salem Speedway. What are your thoughts heading into the weekend?

“Salem (Speedway) has been one of my best tracks in the ARCA Menards Series. The two finishes we have outside the top five there are from on track incidents where we were in the wrong place at the wrong time. I feel like both of those races we had top-five cars. Tire wear is big at Salem. I think I manage tires pretty well because I’m a patient driver. I don’t let that affect our race. I think a lot of drivers tend to be too aggressive at the beginning of the race and wear their tires out. Last year, we worked our way up to second and had an incident on pit road. That set us back for the rest of the race. We’re going back there hungry for a win.”

Salem Speedway seems like it could be a scary track. What’s it like to race a stock car there?
“Yeah, it’s a little intimidating running close to that outside wall. It’s just not something you’re used to. Both corners are different and the straightaways are narrow. You’re driving two completely different ways in the corners, especially in turns 3 and 4 where there’s a lot of banking and you’re up against the wall. It gets tight up there when you’re running two-wide with another car. You just have to know how close you can get to the wall and how close you can race someone through those narrow spots. It’s actually a pretty fun track to race.”

Talk about your season so far.
“I feel like the No. 23 team is in a really good place right now. You know it always takes time for a new team to get to know each other, learn how each other works, really gel together, but I think we’re past all that and are working well together. I have no doubt in Shane (Huffman, crew chief) and our crew with everything that they’re bringing to the table. They’re building fast cars every week. They’ve all been a huge key to our team that we’ve been lacking the last two years. I’m confident we’ll unload where we need to be this weekend at Salem.”