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Bret Holmes Racing, Grindstaff Rub Co., and IBEW 309 Team Up At World Wide Technology Raceway

MOORESVILLE, NC (May 31, 2023) Bret Holmes Racing, Grindstaff Rub, and IBEW 309 announce an exciting new partnership highlighting the local organizations in St Louis, Missouri region. Bret Holmes Racing is proud to announce the collaboration with two new partners, both local to the St. Louis area, for the race at World Wide Technology Raceway (WWTR) on June, 3. This partnership is the first between Holmes, Grindstaff Rub, and IBEW 309. This race marks the first time IBEW 309 has participated in a racing partnership, however, they are familiar with Gateway as they have been fortunate to be able to complete work at the track. Jim Grindtaff has been a longtime supporter of the Truck Series and is looking forward to bringing his Trifecta of Rubs and Sauces to the fans in the St. Luis area. “IBEW 309 is excited about this new partnership with Bret Holmes,” said Chris Hankins Business Manager IBEW 309. “For over 120 years the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW 309) has been protecting workers from unsafe working conditions and educating future workers through an apprenticeship program and eventually the electricity and electronics school. We are excited to share the mission of IBEW with NASCAR Craftsman Truck fans and invite all workers belonging to our trade to come forward, join our ranks, and help increase our numbers until there shall be no one working at our trade outside of the brotherhood.” Hankins continued “We are excited to watch Bret and the team wrangle World Wide Technology Raceway and wish them a successful race weekend!” Jim Grindstaff is looking forward to a partnership with Bret Holmes Racing in 2023. “I love racing and I love the Craftsman Truck Series,” Grindstaff said. “The drivers are competitive and are all hungry for the next win, and Bret is right there in the thick of it with the rest of them. I am looking forward to an exciting race with Bret behind the wheel. The race at WWTR is circled on my calendar each year. We have a lot of fun in the campground, meeting new people and introducing them to our products. If you are camping at the track this weekend we will be sampling products and would love to see you.” “I am really excited about Grindstaff Rub and IBEW 309 being on the truck this week at St Louis. Two new supporters coming on board will be very helpful to the team,” Holmes said. “Our short track package has gotten very close to where we need to be. At North Wilkesboro, we qualified well, matching our best qualifying effort of the season. If we can get our race performance a little bit better I think we'll do well. I had the opportunity to race at WWTR a couple of times in the ARCA Series and had good finishes of 10th and 6th. The truck is different from back then with the downshifting and upshifting and a more competitive field, but I think those past experiences will offer us a bit of a notebook to work from. St Louis is a good place to race, and I am happy to have both a local company and a local Union behind us. I am looking forward to putting a good race together for them.” Bret Holmes Racing Even though the BHR team has humble beginnings at the Talladega short track, the team's goals have always been extraordinary. Beginning at the age of 7, Bret Holmes stepped onto the track as a driver and never looked back. From super late model to the truck series, Bret Holmes Racing has seen great success and has its sights set on winning a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship. Winning the 2020 ARCA Menard's Series Championship reassured the team that they were heading in the right direction. With each accomplishment and successful result, instead of satisfaction, the BHR team grew hungrier for more. This season, Bret and the team are hunting for their first truck series win, but they won't settle there. Bret Holmes Racing has proven to be a force to be reckoned with and will be a household name within the racing community for years to come. Grindstaff Rub Company was founded in 2016 by US Air Force veteran Jim Grindstaff in Belleville, Ill. The company began by offering an All-Purpose Rub and the Three Kings Rub and has since introduced a Noble Blend Rub, Kickin' Carolina Sauce, Fat Apple BBQ Sauce, and Smackin' Jalapeno Sauce and Chili Seasoning. When in the St Louis area also visit the two restaurants owned by Jim: Jack Nolens St Louis Mo. where you may dine on the patio, inside, carry out, or order online. Check out the Firecracker Burger that was voted a Burger of the Month, July 2020, or any of the other hand-held menu items and sides. AJ's Smashed and Smoked Belleville, Ill. also offers dining both inside and on the patio and a carry-out option. There are many hand-held menu options including the famous Melissa Melt, a Texas-Style Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich, or a Pesto Grilled Cheese with a side of Grindstaff Bloody Mary mix to dip it in. IBEW 309 We are Industrial, Commercial, Residential and Teledata Electricians, Utility and Outside Lineman, Line Clearance, Garage Mechanics, Meterman, Warehouseman, Meter Readers, Manufacturing, Maintance workers, Radio/Television/Sound/ and Public Address Technicians, approximately 1300 members strong. Our jurisdiction consists of all of Monroe and St.Clair Counties, most of Madison, Macoupin and Clinton Counties and parts of Montgomery, Bond, Washington and Randolph. Many of these areas are rural, but our mainstays are the U.S. Steel, Scott Air Force Base, and St.Clair Square shopping center. The IBEW along with our contractors association (NECA) jointly sponsor an apprenticeship program (NJATC) that is second to none in the training of all types of Electrical Workers. This training provides the base for the most qualified electricians available. The NJATC also provides continual journeyman upgrade training. We also work with American Line Builders and A.L.B.A.T. for the premier training of our Lineman. IBEW Local 309 was chartered in 1902 and our membership prides itself in the fact that we expect and maintain the highest standards of quality, workmanship and loyalty to the IBEW and it's signatory contractors. We welcome all fellow Brothers and Sisters of our trade who have the same goals and expectations to sign our Books. We earnestly invite all workers belonging to our trade to come forward, join our ranks and help increase our numbers until there shall be no one working at our trade outside of the brotherhood. FOLLOW BRET ON THE TRACK: NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series June 3, 20231:30 PM World Wide Technology Raceway Madison, IL Distance: 160 Laps | 200 Miles Toyota 200 TV: FS1 Radio: MRN & Sirius XM NASCAR Radio


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