Mechanical trouble knocked defending ARCA Menards Series West champion Jesse Love out of contention in the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry and ended his shot at a top finish in Saturday’s General Tire 200 at Sonoma Raceway.
The 16-year-old was part of a four-car effort from Bill McAnally Racing at the 2.52-mile Northern California road course. He started eighth and was running seventh at the scheduled lap-25 midway break. Rear gear trouble sidelined him just past the restart.
Dylan Lupton, making his first start in the series since 2014, equalled BMR’s best Sonoma Raceway finish, with a second-place finish. Series rookie Cole Moore took fourth in the No. 99 NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry.
Love, Moore and team owner Bill McAnally participated in a VIP dinner, hosted by BBB Industries, for NAPA guests on Friday night at Sonoma. Guests from NAPA’s Sacramento Distribution Center and Riebes NAPA AUTO PARTS stores received VIP treatment at the race on Saturday. NGK also was represented by a VIP crew member.
Start / Finish: 8 / 19
Points Earned: 25
Points Standing / Total: 7th / 63 pts.
Next Race: July 3, NAPA AUTO PARTS 150, Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale, Calif.
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.