Late-race Crash Cuts Day Short for Holmes and McReynolds and Gives First Test of New ARCA Overtime Rule

Late-race Crash Cuts Day Short for Holmes and McReynolds and Gives First Test of New ARCA Overtime Rule

A late-race crash in Saturday's Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire ended the chances at victory for two of race's leading contenders, and tested the ARCA Menards Series' new overtime rules.

Brandon McReynolds (No. 28 US Work Boats Toyota) and Todd Gilliland (No. 4 Frontline Enterprises Toyota) had hooked up in a tight draft, running fourth and fifth, and were attempting to draft to the front of the field to challenge race leader Harrison Burton (No. 20 DEX Imaging Toyota) and his Venturini Motorsports teammate Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota).

McReynolds lurched sideways after a push from Gilliland and collected third-place Bret Holmes (No. 23 Holmes II Excavating/Southern States Bank Chevrolet). McReynolds would make contact with the outside wall, ending his day, while Holmes slid wildly into the infield. Holmes finished 18th, one lap down, and McReynolds ended up 24th, eight laps down.

"I obviously hate that the car got tore up, but I think myself and Todd Gilliland showed how its done. I'm happy for Harrison that he got the win. I think we were going to blow those guys' doors off pretty easily there. I got hooked a little bit by the 4 and around we went. It was awesome to be charging forward and hopefully we can do it again. I think we made everyone aware that we were here, so that was good."

Holmes was disappointed his second consecutive Daytona race ended while running in the top five within sight of the checkered flag.

"I felt like we didn't stay completely in line with the guys in front of us, but we moved up in front of them to go for the win and they went down to get under me," Holmes said. "Then Brandon got into me. You weren't supposed to lock bumpers but it looked like they were locking bumpers. That's what caused the wreck. Once that happened we were just along for the ride.

"I thought that it was going to be different than last year. We pulled away from the pack twice. It should have been an easy top three finish. We're just lacking luck. It's frustrating. We have a strong car for the rest of the season, we're still going to be contending for the championship. It's tough because a few of the full-time guys finished in front of us, so we have to play a little catch-up but I am really confident in the team we have."

The crash extended the race six laps past the scheduled 80-lap race distance. Under ARCA's new restrictor plate overtime rules, there would only be one attempt at a one-lap "green and white together" dash to the checkered.

On the restart, Burton got the jump while Eckes was forced to battle with Gilliland and Grant Quinlan (No. 30 Jones Demolition & Abatement Ford). Eckes crossed the line in fourth, behind Burton, Gilliland, and Quinlan. Sean Corr (No. 43 Nesco Chevrolet) finished fifth.

The ARCA Menards Series returns to action on Saturday, March 9 in the ARCA Pensacola 200 at Five Flags Speedway. The race will be televised live on MAVTV starting at 8 pm ET. ARCARacing.com will have live timing & scoring, live chat, and live track updates free for ARCA for Me members. New users may register at ARCARacing.com/login.

Comments
andy r.

I saw SO sad to see this- especially after what happened to Bret last year. 

Broke my heart. 

WINNERS_CIRCLE24

Please go back to the old 2 lap restart rule.

RobbyG83

You guys will do better in your next race... stay possive!!!!

big bill

The wreck happen because the 28 & 4 were locked up bumper to bumper. That's why the rule states not to do it. Arca repeatedly told them to separate and then again the 23 was an innocent bystander. Even Ray Evernham made the comment he thought that was illegal.  More tore up cars for no reason.