Bret Holmes, driver of the #23 Golden Eagle Syrup Chevrolet during the Speediatrics 150 for the ARCA Menards Series at Kansas Speedway on Friday, October 16, 2020. (Barry Cantrell/ARCA Racing)
Bret Holmes, driver of the #23 Golden Eagle Syrup Chevrolet during the Speediatrics 150 for the ARCA Menards Series at Kansas Speedway on Friday, October 16, 2020. (Barry Cantrell/ARCA Racing)

PRACTICE: Bret Holmes Tops Charts Ahead Of Championship Race At Kansas


KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Bret Holmes needs to finish third or better in Friday night’s Speediatrics 150 presented by The NASCAR Foundation at Kansas Speedway to guarantee himself the 2020 ARCA Menards Series championship.

So his posting the fastest time in Friday afternoon’s 30-minute group practice session at the 1.5-mile oval is a good sign for the 23-year-old and his team.

Holmes’ No. 23 Golden Eagle Syrup Chevrolet topped the charts with a lap time of 30.753 seconds (175.593 mph). He beat Ty Gibbs’ best time (30.896 seconds / 174.780 mph) by 0.143 seconds.

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Derek Griffith (30.919 seconds / 174.650 mph), Corey Heim (30.937 seconds / 174.548 mph) and Hailie Deegan (30.980 seconds / 174.306 mph) rounded out the top five in practice.

Michael Self, who is eight points behind Holmes in the championship standings entering Friday night’s ARCA Menards Series season finale, posted the sixth best lap time in practice (31.193 seconds / 173.116 mph).

Dylan Lupton (31.461 seconds / 171.641 mph), Drew Dollar (31.722 seconds / 170.229 mph), Chandler Smith (31.772 seconds / 169.961 mph) and Kris Wright (32.150 seconds / 167.963 mph) rounded out the top 10 in practice.

The starting lineup for Friday night’s race at Kansas will be set by owner points. Gibbs will start on the pole with Holmes joining him on the front row. Self will line up third.

The Speediatrics 150 presented by The NASCAR Foundation is scheduled to start Friday at 5:05 p.m. CT / 6:05 p.m. ET. The race will air live on FS1 starting at 5 p.m. CT / 6 p.m. ET.

A radio broadcast will be available on MRN and SiriusXM channel 385 (online 985).

Starting lineup for Speediatrics 150 presented by The NASCAR Foundation

(Starting lineup set by team owner points)

Pos. Car No. Driver Hometown Sponsor OEM Team owner Crew chief
1 18 Ty Gibbs * Huntersville, NC Monster-Terrible Herbst-ORCA Toyota Coy Gibbs Mark McFarland
2 23 Bret Holmes Munford, AL Golden Eagle Syrup Chevrolet Stacy Holmes Shane Huffman
3 25 Michael Self Salt Lake City, UT Sinclair Lubricants Toyota Cathy Venturini Kevin Reed
4 20 Chandler Smith * Jasper, GA JBL Toyota Billy Venturini Billy Venturini
5 17 Dylan Lupton Wilton, CA DGR Crosley-John Jaames Ford David Gilliland Marcus Richmond
6 4 Hailie Deegan * Temecula, CA Toter Ford David Gilliland Seth Smith
7 15 Drew Dollar * Atlanta, GA Sunbelt Rentals Toyota Bill Venturini Shannon Rursch
8 12 Kris Wright * Wexford, PA F.N.B. Corporation Chevrolet Michelle Hillenburg Donnie Richeson
9 10 Corey Heim * Marietta, GA Craftsman Toyota Andy Hillenburg Kevin Reed, Jr.
10 06 Tim Richmond Ottawa, IL GreatRailing.com Toyota Wayne Peterson Brad Frye
11 11 Owen Smith * Louisa, VA Fast Track High Performance Driving Chevrolet Andy Hillenburg Trey Galgon
12 48 Brad Smith Shelby Township, MI Henshaw Automation Chevrolet Brad Smith Carl Brown
13 22 Derek Griffith * Hudson, NH Original Gourmet Lollipops Ford Chad Bryant Paul Andrews
14 69 Scott Melton Rockford, MI Melton-McFadden Insurance Agency Chevrolet Bill Kimmel Bill Kimmel
15 0 Con Nicolopoulos Columbus, MI GreatRailing.com Chevrolet Wayne Peterson Michael Peterson
16 7 Eric Caudell Piedmont, OK Caudell Consulting & Marketing Toyota Eric Caudell Jeremy Petty
17 01 Alex Clubb Morris, IL A. Clubb Lawn Care & Landscaping Ford Michelle Hillenburg Brian Clubb
18 77 Mike Basham Henryville, IN Double H Ranch Ford Chad Bryant Mike Sroufe

* Bounty Rookie of the Year contender