CGS Imaging Four Crown Championship Goes to Bret Holmes

CGS Imaging Four Crown Championship Goes to Bret Holmes

Despite entering the race a long-shot for the title, Bret Holmes (No. 23 Holmes II Excavation Toyota) left the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 the CGS Imaging Four Crown champion.

Holmes finished fourth in the 200-lap contest on the 35-degree Salem high-banks, his seventh top-five finish of the season and his series-leading 16th top-ten finish of the year.

Holmes, from Munford, Alabama, becomes the 25th driver to earn the presitigious award over the 36 years it's been presented. The championship-within-a-championship celebrates the diversity of the ARCA Menards Series as it encompasses restrictor-plate superspeedways, intermediate superspeedways, paved short tracks, and dirt short tracks, each of the four types of tracks the series competes on every season.

Holmes joins fellow Alabamian and NASCAR Hall of Fame member Davey Allison, the winner of the inaugural Four Crown title in 1984.

"This is great for us and our team," Holmes said. "My dad and I do a lot of work back at home so we can come and do this. After the year we had last year, this is great."

While Holmes stayed out of trouble and earned a solid finish to take the Four Crown title, he did need some help to make it happen. He trailed leader Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota) by 35 points, or roughly seven positions on the racetrack, going into the Salem race. Self ran up front early, but a broken left front suspension sent him behind the wall and relegated him to a 14th-place finish, giving Holmes the title by 15 points.

Self was disappointed, not only in giving up ground in the overall series championship but the Four Crown as well.

"Tonight was such a disappointing night for this entire team,” said Self. “I’m here because Sinclair allows me this opportunity. And we come here to win. When something like this happens it’s just such a letdown. We have two races left. The only thing we can do now is move forward and take it one race at a time.”

Todd Gilliland (No. 4 FrontLine Enterprises Toyota) won the opening CGS Imaging Four Crown race at Talladega Superspeedway in April. Self won the next two, first on the 2-mile oval at Michigan International Speedway in June and then on the Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in August. Ty Gibbs (No. 18 Monster Energy/ORCA Coolers/Terrible Herbst/Advance Auto Parts Toyota) won the final round at Salem Speedway.

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The ARCA Menards Series will take two weekends off before returning to action on Saturday October 5 with the Herr's Potato Chips 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway. Practice starts the day's activities at 2 pm ET, with General Tire Pole Qualifying at 5 pm ET. The 200-lap main event, scheduled for live broadcast MAVTV, will go green shortly after 8 pm ET. ARCA for Me members can access live timing & scoring, live chat, and live track updates at ARCARacing.com. New users can register for free with a valid email address at ARCARacing.com/login. Discounted adult general admission tickets are available through October 4 at Indianapolis-area Menards locations for just $20. For more information, please visit TrackEnterprises.com.

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