Bret Holmes, No. 23 Holmes II Excavation/Toledo Mud Hens Chevrolet Preview: Toledo

Bret Holmes, No. 23 Holmes II Excavation/Toledo Mud Hens Chevrolet Preview: Toledo


Event Preview
No. 23 Holmes ll Excavation / Toledo Mud Hens Chevrolet SS
Bret Holmes

Event: Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200
Date: May 19, 2019
Venue: Toledo Speedway – Toledo, Ohio

This Week’s Holmes ll Excavation Chevrolet at Toledo Speedway … Bret Holmes will pilot Chassis No. 202 in the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 at Toledo Speedway. So far this season, this Bret Holmes Racing-prepared Chevrolet SS has seen track action on three previous occasions and garnered one top-five and three top-10 finishes.

Toledo Nuggets … Holmes has two previous starts at Toledo Speedway in the ARCA Menards Series. In those two appearances, he has one top-five finish. The Munford, Ala., native has a 14.0 average starting position coupled with a 14.5 average finishing position.

To the Point … Holmes currently sits third in the ARCA Menards Series driver championship point standings. The 22-year-old driver trails the leader by 40 points heading into this weekend’s race at Toledo Speedway.

Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge … This weekend’s 200-lap event marks the fourth race of the 11-race Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge. Holmes is fifth in the point standings.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game … Holmes is scheduled to throw out the first pitch at the Toledo Mud Hens game on Friday, May 17. The Hens will play a double header against the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders beginning at 6:05 p.m. Eastern Time. For tickets, visit milb.com/toledo/tickets.

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Autograph, Please … Fans will have the opportunity to meet Holmes at the ARCA Menards Series driver autograph session on Sunday, May 19 beginning at 12 p.m. Eastern Time.

Review Mirror: Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville … Holmes started the race from the fourth position and was running in the seventh spot on lap 72 when another competitor spun in front of him and caused damaged to the left side of the No. 23 machine. The 22-year-old driver pitted under caution for repairs and fuel. Returning to the racing surface, Holmes took the ensuing green flag from the ninth position. He battled for track position and was scored sixth when a caution was displayed on lap 122. Holmes restarted fifth and raced within the top five for the remainder of the main event.

Tune In Alert … Coverage of this weekend’s Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 at Toledo Speedway will be televised live on Sunday, May 19, beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern Time on MAVTV. Live timing and scoring will also be available at ARCARacing.com.

BRET HOLMES QUOTES:
You and the No. 23 team tested at Toledo Speedway earlier this season. Did you learn anything at the test that will help going into this weekend?
“We went into that test with a solid base line and only made a couple of small changes. I feel like we’ll be really strong for the race on Sunday. That test was probably the best test we’ve had. We were right in line with where we wanted to be time wise.”

Explain Toledo Speedway. Is it a fairly easy track to get around, or is it deceiving from the outside?
“Yeah, it is different for sure. I think the corners, and especially the entry into the corners are a little deceiving. It’s a little bit tighter on entry to the corner and then straightens out on exit. You have to play with that to get a good lap. I picked up some of it during the test and will be able to use it this weekend. I’d say the corners are the biggest difference than any other track we go to. I like it though, it’s fun.”

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