Jesse Love earned a third-place finish in ARCA Menards Series West competition on Saturday afternoon on the 1.967-mile Portland International Raceway road course. The driver of the Bill McAnally Racing No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry extended his points lead, with three races remaining.
Love – the 16-year-old defending series champion – and his BMR teammate Cole Moore were running second and third, respectively, when a late-race caution set up a one-lap dash to the finish.
Both drivers got shuffled back on the restart, with drivers cutting the first corner chicane. Love battled back for the third-place finish. Moore struggled to the finish with a broken left front spindle, crossing the line in 12th. It was a wild finish to what had been a wild race, in which both BMR drivers led laps and were in contention for the win.
Start / Finish: 7 / 3
Points Standing / Total: 1st / 293 pts.
Next Race: Sept. 23, Star Nursery 150, The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nev.
How to Watch or Listen: Live on TrackPass and tape-delay on NBCSN
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.