Holmes Salvages 10th-Place Finish Despite Late-Race Spin

Bret Holmes Racing

ARCA Menards Series
Day to Day Coffee 150
World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway
June 22, 2019

Bret Holmes and the No. 23 Holmes ll Excavation Toyota Camry team finished 10th after making contact with the turn two wall in the late stages of the Day to Day Coffee 150. With inclement weather in the area on Saturday afternoon, ARCA Menards Series official were forced to cancel qualifying and base the starting lineup off practice speeds, granting Holmes the fifth spot for the initial green flag. As Holmes was rounding turn two on lap 11, he lost control and spun but was able to keep his red Toyota Camry from suffering any damage. Crew chief Shane Huffman called Holmes to the attention of the No. 23 pit crew for four fresh tires and fuel. Holmes returned to the racing surface in the 15th position on lap 27. The Munford, Ala., native was racing for the 13th spot on lap 68 when he spun and made contact with the outside wall. With minimal damage, Holmes returned to racing action and battled his way back to a 10th-place result.

Start – 5th Finish – 10th Points Position – 2nd

“I hate that we didn’t get the finish that we deserved. Our car was a lot better than our finish. I was being too aggressive when I was trying to pass other cars, and that’s what caused the misfortune that we had. I wished we could have capitalized on some of the full-time driver’s issues. It seems like all of us in the championship point battle had problems. I guess that’s a good thing for us that we didn’t lose as many points as we could have lost. We’ll be okay, though. I know we’re strong enough to get through it.”