Bret Holmes put together a standout weekend in his Pro Late Model, grabbing four top-five finishes on the Gulf Coast. The Munford, Alabama driver completed two twin 50’s Friday night at Five Flags Speedway and then bounced back with two more twin 50’s Saturday at Mobile International Speedway. He finished no worse than fifth in any of those races.
“It felt great. Our past three late model races before this weekend bad luck kept happening with wrecks or a mechanical problem,” said Holmes. “I think this weekend got us out of that rut. I wish we could have done a little bit better at Pensacola to put us closer in contention for the win, but those guys are hard to beat. We think we can tweak the setup a little and be better next time.”
Friday night in Pensacola, the 19-year-old driver picked up a pair of third-place finishes. Holmes then followed it up Saturday night with a fourth-place finish in the first 50-lap race and a fifth-place finish in the second. It was all part of busy race weekend, which is something the young driver enjoys.
“Our team has done a lot of doubleheader stuff whether it be racing pro one night or super the next or driving to another track to race the next day,” said Holmes. “I really enjoy it. It makes me feel like I’m knocking two birds out with one stone getting to do that. I wish there were more double header weekends like that.”
After a stellar start to the season, Holmes recently ran into a string of bad luck and tough races. A few accidents and mechanical issues found Holmes with an average finish of 20th over the last four events, but now he’s happy to get back on track.
“I think it gives our team a lot of momentum going into these next few weeks especially after the bad luck we’ve been having,” said Holmes. “My crew works so hard on this stuff and we know we always have a top-five Pro Late Model when we get to the track but it’s about winning and that’s the intention going to these races.”
Holmes now climbs back into his Super Late Model Saturday, July 9 when the Southern Super Series heads to South Alabama Speedway. Holmes drove his No. 2 machine to a 15th-place finish at the track back in March.