Jesse Love Looks To Clinch In Phoenix

Hailie Deegan

Fifteen-year-old Jesse Love looks to clinch the ARCA Menards Series West championship when the series wraps up its season at Phoenix Raceway on Saturday.

Love, who has piloted Bill McAnally Racing’s No. 19 NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry to three wins this season, has a 14-point advantage in the championship standings heading into the Arizona Lottery 100. He can clinch the title by finishing eighth or better.

Two others in BMR’s regular lineup of drivers – Gracie Trotter and Giovanni Scelzi – also aim to finish the season strong with a great performance at Phoenix.

All three of the BMR drivers are wrapping up their rookie season in the series and all three have been to Victory Lane this year. A fourth BMR entry at Phoenix will be driven by NASCAR Euro Series competitor Alex Sedgwick, who will be making his first start in the United States.

Trotter and Scelzi are in a tight battle for third in the championship standings. Trotter, who drives the No. 99 ENEOS Toyota Camry, is currently in third – with a slim four-point margin over Scelzi, driver of the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS/Curb Records Toyota Camry. If she maintains the third spot in points, Trotter would match the record for the highest ranking by a female driver in the final standings in ARCA West.

While Scelzi is focused on moving up in the standings, he will also be watching behind him on Saturday – as he holds just an eight-point margin over the fifth-ranked driver.

Sedgwick of Brighton, England, will be driving the No. 12 BELFOR Property Restoration Toyota Camry – as he makes his debut in the ARCA Menards Series West. Sedgwick competed in the NASCAR Euro Series during the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Saturday’s ARCA West race, the final event on this year’s 11-race schedule, is part of the big NASCAR championship weekend at Phoenix Raceway.

ARCA Menards Series West Event:

Race: Arizona Lottery 100 (Race 11 of 11) Nov. 7, 2020

Location: Phoenix Raceway, Avondale, Ariz. (1-mile oval)

Television: TRACKPass on NBCSports Gold (Live) Nov. 7, 11 a.m. PT/ NBCSN on Nov. 11, 3 p.m. PT

BMR Drivers:

Brittney Zamora

Jesse Love

No. 19 NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry

Age: 15

Hometown: Menlo Park, Calif.

Most recent series finish: 8th – Kern (10/25/20)

Best career series finish: 1st – three times (Utah1 6/27/20, Irwindale 7/4/20, Colorado 8/22/20)

2020 season series stats:

Races: 10 starts, 3 wins, 4 poles, 9 top fives, 10 top 10s

Average finish: 2.9

Laps completed: 1,139

Laps led: 369

Series standings: 1st

Rookie standings: 1st

Brittney Zamora

Gracie Trotter

No. 99 ENEOS Toyota Camry

Age: 19

Hometown: Denver, N.C.

Most recent series finish: 5th – Kern (10/25/20)

Best career series finish: 1st – The Bullring at Las Vegas (9/26/20)

2020 season series stats:

Races: 10 starts, 1 win, 7 top fives, 10 top 10s

Average finish: 4.8

Laps completed:1,136

Laps led: 95

Series standings: 3rd

Rookie standings: 2nd

Derek Kraus

Giovanni Scelzi

No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS / Curb Records Toyota Camry

Age: 18

Hometown: Fresno, Calif.

Most recent series finish: 9th – Kern (10/25/20)

Best career series finish: 1st – Roseville (10/23/20)

2020 season series stats:

Races: 10 starts, 1 win, 1 pole, 7 top fives, 9 top 10s

Average finish: 5.3

Laps completed: 1,127

Laps led: 17

Series standings: 4th

Rookie standings: 3rd

Alex Sedgwick

No. 12 BELFOR Property Restoration Toyota Camry

Hometown: Brighton, England

Series debut slated for Phoenix (11/7/20)

BMR Series Record at Phoenix Raceway:

BMR has visited Victory Lane at Phoenix on five occasions: Austin Cameron (2002), Eric Holmes (2010), Cole Custer (2014), Nick Drake (2014) and Todd Gilliland (2015).

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