Five With The Five: Bret Holmes Spends Some Quality Late Model Time Over ARCA Break

Five With The Five: Bret Holmes Spends Some Quality Late Model Time Over ARCA Break

2019 has five different drivers competing for the championship, Travis Braden, Michael Self, Bret Holmes, Joe Graf Jr., and Christian Eckes. Come follow each of their journeys this season with our “Five With The Five” where each week we set the timer for five minuets  and sit down with them to find out what’s been going on both in and out of the race car. 

 Next up, Bret Holmes! 

Bret: Hello

Andrea: Hey. How's it going?

Bret: Hey, good. How are you?

Andrea: Good. Just catching up now that we have actually a little bit of a break.

Bret: Yeah, definitely.

Andrea: What have you been up to?

Bret: I'm currently sitting under a dirt late model right now. You kind of called me at a great time.

Andrea: Oh, I can call back.

Bret: It's okay. No, no. I'm just messing with you. I didn't tell you a time, so it's cool. I'm actually running a dirt late model race in a couple of weeks, two or three weeks, at Talladega, short track. I'm doing that the week after the Springfield race.

Andrea: Okay. I feel like it's been a while since I've heard of you doing a late model race.

Bret: Yeah, for sure. I haven't done one for a few ... I did two dirt races last year, but that was it pretty much. Other than that, I haven't done much as far as that stuff goes.

Andrea: Yeah. So that's pretty much been taking up your time, just getting ready for that?

Bret: I just started working on it today, really, but just still kind of the same old same old. Just been working at the construction company, and so that's all I've been there doing really.

Andrea: Got you. So I know-

Bret: So I guess no new story.

Andrea: No worries there.

Bret: You get what you get here.

Andrea: Haha- that’s still a story worth telling. So you go to school for building science and you work at a construction company. What exactly do you do there? I know very little about what you actually, what your actual job is.

Bret: I do a lot of project management. I guess that'd be my real title is project managing, and that all entails estimating, estimating how much a job is going to cost, keeping up with the job and materials ordered and what we use, what we need, lining up subcontractors and making sure what time they're going to be there, if they have everything, what job they're going to do. Anything you can really possibly do to manage the job itself.

Andrea: Right. Sounds like everything on the business end is on you.

Bret: Right. Yeah.

Andrea: Got you. So dirt racing. How are you feeling about that? I know some people love it. Some people hate it. We got back to back.

Bret: No, really good. I've always loved it. I think it's more laid back than the asphalt stuff and at least the environment of it and the people around it, especially in the late model world. But I think I'm kind of wanting this to be my turning point in points. I've got, if we fell back to third, and I still think we have a shot at the championship for sure ...

Andrea: Oh, definitely.

Bret: ... but I've just got to ... We've got to get it turned around here. July has been a rough month for us and the roughest month of the year, just not even in racing. Just outside of it, also. All bad races ran together. But nonetheless, that wasn't even a problem with anything we could done differently at the shop or me. So we brought good cars to the racetrack. It's just been luck, I think. I just [inaudible 00:04:10]. I think we'll get it turned around here. I don't think it'll keep going, surely.

Andrea: Right. That seems to be a theme for all of you championship contenders this year. Like you and Michael getting taken out at Daytona first thing and then Christian getting sick.

Bret: Yeah, We've all ... That's kind of everything they say, everybody has said and articles and stuff that those, Christian and Michael, have had their bad luck and that's why they were behind in points, but we had our bad luck too. We could've been a lot further ahead during those times, had things went our way every time. So it's just racing and part of it. You know what I mean?

Andrea: Right. I know it's something I always had to deal with. I loved racing and watching you guys with like whenever there's mechanical problems, like, "That's not fair. It's not their fault." But it's like you have to accept that it's the combination of man and machine working together, right?

Bret: Yep.

Andrea: All right. That's been about five minutes, so I will let you get back to working on your late model. Thanks for taking the time. I appreciate it.

Bret: Okay. Yeah, no problem at all. Thank you.

Andrea: Yeah! Thank you!