Editor’s Note: Our interview with Bret Holmes is rescheduled according to the rescheduling of the Five Flags Speedway ARCA East race.
ARCA Menards Series driver Bret Holmes is coming off a great season finishing third in the series point standings last year. This year he’s taking Bret Holmes Racing in a new direction with a new look. And it’s all about winning in 2020.
The organization currently plans on running 14 events this season with new blue and white color scheme representing the No. 23 team. What’s not changing this year is that crew chief Shane Huffman is at the top of the pit box for every race. Last season the duo of Holmes and Huffman worked together garnering eight top-five and 18 top-ten finishes in 20 starts.
Ty Majeski (No. 22 Crestliner Ford) scored a surprise victory in Thursday night’s ARCA Menards Series General Tire 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, taking the lead on a late restart and holding off Sheldon Creed (No. 21 Chevy Accessories Chevrolet) and Gus Dean (No. 32 Icebox Helmet Coolers Chevrolet) in a two-lap dash to the checkered.
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Multiple cars were strong throughout the ARCA Pensacola 200 presented by Inspectra Thermal Solutions in the ARCA Menards Series return to Five Flags Speedway, but a debris caution with around 40 laps to go changed the game as several leaders were caught a lap down.
Every driver has raced at their home track before moving up to compete on a national level touring series. For Munford, Alabama’s Bret Holmes, his home track is Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida.
Racing his No. 23 family-owned team with the ARCA Menard’s Series, which returns to Five Flag Speedways after a 23-year absence, it is a homecoming for the 2016 pro-late-model track champion. Holmes was sixth fastest in the lone practice session and was able to up that to the fifth spot during qualifying based on his knowledge of the track and it’s driving conditions. But while focusing on the car and race, he is also doing some entertaining. As a local driver, Holmes fan base in this area is huge and it shows.
Chandler Smith returns to his ARCA Menards Series pole-winning ways, setting a fast time of 16.990 to start up front in his No. 20 Craftsman Toyota Camry for the ARCA Pensacola 200 presented by Inspectra Thermal Solutions. Sitting to his outside is the only car that was faster than him in practice, his Venturini Motorsports teammate Michael Self in the Sinclair Oils No. 25.
“It means a lot, especially for this place. I feel like it’s going to be whoever gets out front, sets the pace for everybody, and that’s how the rest of the field is gonna end up pacing. So I’m really glad I’m sitting out front and I’m definitely gonna be able to set the pace.”
Chandler Smith, The ARCA Pensacola Pole Sitter at Five Flags Speedway