Bill McAnally Racing drivers Cole Moore and Austin Herzog navigated through a chaotic overtime restart to earn podium finishes during Saturday’s NAPA AUTO PARTS 150 at Irwindale Speedway for the ARCA Menards Series West.
Each driver earned their career-best ARCA Menards Series West finish, with Moore finishing second in the No. 99 CMeleon Chevrolet SS, while Herzog’s third ARCA start yielded a third-place finish in the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS.
Moore was the second-highest-finishing West driver at Phoenix out of those who also raced in Irwindale, leaving him in a strong position after two rounds in 2022.
Qualifying placed Moore on the outside front row while Herzog started from outside of the fourth row. Moore dove inside for a few attempts at the lead position early in the race. A busy restart on lap 66 allowed Herzog to advance from seventh to fifth. Moore ran fourth while Herzog was fifth heading into the halfway break at lap 75.
Moore briefly ran third on the restart before settling into fourth. The BMR teammates battled for the fourth position before Moore had the position in hand with ten laps remaining. A caution on lap 147 set up a green-white-checkered overtime finish. Contact between the second and third place cars set up a three-wide battle into turn one. Moore went high and Herzog went low, advancing into the second and third positions respectively, and a podium finish for each.
A special group of VIP guests attended the event on behalf of NAPA AUTO PARTS, experiencing race day including a garage and hauler tour and a driver Q&A in the pits. The VIP Crew Member was Jim Fergot, representing a NAPA AUTO PARTS store in Rancho Cucamonga.
BMR worked with District Manager Derek Sasabuchi for the 150-lap race, along with NAPA Store Manager Rob Cole.
“It feels really good,” Moore said of the runner-up finish. “We had probably a fourth-place car. We’re racing for a championship, so those are some big points we picked up there. I was thankful that Austin ran me clean. We were not great on a long run there. Glad the last restart went in our favor.”
“It feels awesome,” Herzog said of his third-place finish. “These NAPA guys worked so hard all weekend. We did a lot of adjustments between qualifying and the race, and obviously they paid off. We had really good adjustments at the halfway break. Can’t thank these BMR guys enough. It’s awesome for the BMR cars to come home 2-3. It was a good weekend and excited to get to Kern.”
Start / Finish: 8 / 3
Point Standings / Total: 4th / 71 pts. (-8)
Start / Finish: 2 / 2
Point Standings / Total: 3rd / 75 pts. (-4)
Next Race: April 23, NAPA AUTO PARTS 150, Kern County Raceway Park, Bakersfield, CA
How to Watch or Listen: FloRacing (Live), USA (April 29, 1:00 pm ET)
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.