Track: Lucas Oil Raceway (Indianapolis, Indiana)
Race(s): Sioux Chief PowerPex 200 (ARCA)
Date: July, 23, 2016
No. 23 Holmes II Excavation / Veterans Oil / Chevrolet
Laps Completed: 200/200
Laps Led: N/A
INDIANOPLIS, INDIANA – Bret Holmes stepped out of his car Friday night with symptoms of heat exhaustion written all over his face. Sometime during the Sioux Chief PowerPex 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway, his helmet hose (which blows cool air onto his head) came undone. This created a long and very hot evening in Indiana. The heat was still no deterrent for the Munford, Alabama native, as Holmes ran in the top-10 for his third consecutive race of his young ARCA career.
After qualifying fourth earlier in the day, Holmes still needed to create some luck to get him through the excruciatingly long evening.
Early in the race, Holmes battled for position with the likes of Myatt Snider and NASCAR veteran Parker Kligerman, giving him even more recognition and respect from his fellow competitors.
At lap 132, a scary moment developed as Holmes was nearly collected by a multi-car wreck that consumed a small chunk of the 30-plus car field. Making it through this wreck with no damage, allowed Bret to make a strong charge to the finish. He would fight his way — heat and all — until the end of the race, bringing home a sixth-place finish.
Chase Briscoe, who won in dominating fashion, lapped all but seven cars; going on to lead 131 of 200 laps. This was his third win in a row.
Holmes did not run outside the top-seven cars throughout the entire event, and proved once again that BHR is a force to be reckoned with every time they show up to the track.
The new era of the “Alabama Gang” will now fly home and prepare for their next ARCA race in two weeks, when they travel to Berlin, Michigan to run in the ARCA Berlin 200.
RACE QUOTE: “We ran our tails off tonight,” said Holmes. “The car ended up being a little too tight in the corners to make a charge for the win, but I am still proud of the team and all we were able to accomplish this week. We are continuing to learn so much from each new track we go to and this will allow us to make a strong run next season. Tonight was an excellent learning opportunity for BHR and I just want to thank our sponsors and fans for their continued support.”
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