Eighteen-year-old Gio Scelzi completed his rookie season in the ARCA Menards Series West with a fifth-place finish in the championship, driving the No.16 NAPA AUTO PARTS / Curb Records Toyota Camry.
Scelzi competed in Saturday’s finale at Phoenix Raceway as part of the NASCAR Championship Weekend. He was sidelined after being involved in an early race incident on the one-mile oval in the Casino Arizona 100. He concluded his rookie campaign with a win, a pole position, seven top-fives, and nine top-tens in 11 starts.
His Bill McAnally Racing teammate Jesse Love became the youngest NASCAR national or touring series champion, as the 15-year-old drove the No.19 NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry to the title.
This marks the tenth series championship for BMR, the fifth title in six years for the Roseville, California-based team. The ten titles mark a record for the series and for NASCAR Regional Touring overall.
Love was joined in championship celebrations by NAPA VIP Tony Wilson, owner of numerous NAPA AUTO PARTS stores. The NGK VIP crew member also participated.
Start / Finish: 19 / 27
Points Earned: 67
Points Standing / Total: 5th / 560 pts.
Bill McAnally Racing (BMR) holds the ARCA Menards Series West record with 11 championships and eclipsed the 100-win mark in 2022. The team has piled on six titles in the last eight seasons with four different drivers since 2015. Second-year driver Tanner Reif takes control of the No. 16 NAPA Auto Care Chevrolet for the 12-race campaign in 2023 and looks to improve on his runner-up finish in the 2022 drivers’ standings to build on BMR’s west coast legacy.