From dirt to Daytona, U of Auburn student Holmes ready for Daytona debut

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 17, 2017) – In Bret Holmes’ 11-year racing career, he's seen a lot of dirt and asphalt tracks across the United States. But those tracks pale in comparison to the legendary Daytona International Speedway, as the Munford, Alabama native looks to kick-off his 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards campaign this Saturday in the Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona. 

“It’s a track that needs no hype,” said Holmes. “Daytona is a place that I grew up watching on TV just hoping that I would one day get to see an event there, let alone race there. I’ve been very grateful for the opportunity to be able to test here in the past year, but now it’s time to do what has always been my dream...race at Daytona International Speedway.” 

Holmes, who still calls Alabama home, has come a long way from running dirt tracks across the Yellowhammer State to now running at the “World Center of Racing,” and he couldn’t be more thrilled. 

“I started racing at small dirt tracks across Alabama just like my dad,” Holmes said. “I am excited, anxious and humbled by the opportunity to run at this level, but it just shows you how far we've come. Not many people get this kind of opportunity and I don’t take it lightly.” 

Holmes got a brief taste of running in the ARCA Racing Series last season with a limited seven-race schedule, and even though it was only a few events, he managed to put together three top-5s, six top-10s and an average finishing position of 8.6. And with that glimmer of success, Holmes looks for 2017 to be his breakout season and set him apart as a name to be reckoned with. 

“This season will be a test for myself and our team,” Holmes said. “I believe though with the advances we made over the off-season in technology and with our staff, we can really separate ourselves as a team that can contend for the win on a weekly basis.” 

Since the end of last season, the organization has moved its shop from Munford to Statesville, N.C. on the campus of GMS Racing, who is providing technical support. In addition to the move, Bryan Berry was announced as Holmes' new crew chief, replacing 2015 ARCA Champion Grant Enfinger, who will be driving full-time this season in the Camping World Truck Series with ThorSport Racing. 

“We are here to win,” Holmes said. “I think that we have the right pieces in place, and hopefully the 2017 season will be one that we remember for a long time as our breakout year.” 

In addition to a new crew chief, BHR will tap Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series spotter Earl Barban for Saturday's race at Daytona. Barban is most famously known for his work with defending Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson. 

Holmes, a full-time student at Auburn University, will also compete for both the SCOTT Rookie of the Year and the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Championship this season. 

The Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven by General Tire is live on FS1 Saturday, Feb. 18 at 4 p.m. ET.  

Be sure to follow Bret Holmes Racing on Facebook (@bretholmesracing), Twitter (@bretholmes_2), and Instagram (bretholmes2) for the latest news, updates and photos throughout race week.  

Holmes, rookie driver of the No. 23 Chevrolet, was eighth fastest overall (187.954 mph) among the 63 drivers who tested in ARCA’s open test at Daytona earlier this year.   

About Bret Holmes Racing: Bret Holmes Racing is an Alabama-based ARCA racing team that operates out of Munford, AL and Statesville, N.C. while still holding true to its traditional southern roots. Founded by Stacy Holmes, of Holmes II Excavation in Munford, the team sticks to its good nature and solid values to put forth the best product on and off the track with its driver Bret Holmes.---

If you would like more information about Bret Holmes Racing, please contact Jason Katz at (334)868-9431 or email at jkatz@stu.jsu.edu.

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