Tanner Reif drove the Bill McAnally Racing No. 16 NAPA AutoCare Chevrolet SS to his second podium finish of the season, finishing third in the NAPA Auto Parts 150 presented by Berco Redwood before a packed crowd at All American Speedway on Saturday night.
The 18-year-old from Las Vegas, Nevada, ran in the lead pack throughout the 150-lap event on the historic third-mile oval in Roseville, California, and challenged for the lead just past the midway mark of the race.
Reif, who had qualified third in time trials earlier in the day, mounted an early charge and was up to second by lap 25. He faced repeated battles for that runner-up spot, with the tight, short-track action leading to numerous cautions and subsequent restarts.
He took advantage of a restart on lap 89 to try to take the lead, but could not complete the pass. He slipped back a spot soon after and went on to finish third.
Driving a second BMR entry at Roseville was Eric Johnson Jr. – in the No. 19 Key Property Services Chevrolet SS. The 20-year-old from LaCenter, Washington, started 11th and came home with a ninth-place finish, turning in a solid performance in just his second start on an oval in the series.
“It was a really good run for us,” Reif said. “We had a really fast Chevy and was just barely off fast-time in qualifying. It was a fun race. We got up to second and challenged first for a little bit. We couldn’t do this without our great sponsors – NAPA Auto Care and NAPA Auto Parts. It was a NAPA-sanctioned race and I was so happy to see all the fans wearing NAPA apparel. I want to thank everyone with BMR for all their hard work.”
“I came into tonight knowing it was going to be a dogfight from the drop of the green,” Johnson said. “With this possibly being my last race, all I could think is my 10-year-old self would be furious if I gave up a single inch out there tonight. Every chance I saw to go forward, I took it. We left it all on the table and ended up with a top-10 finish. I couldn’t be more proud of my guys and more grateful for the opportunity. Hoping we’ll be back out there again, someday.”
Start / Finish: 3 / 3
Points Standing / Total: 6th / 322 pts. (-50)
Next Race: Friday, October 13, The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
How to Watch or Listen: 10:00 p.m. ET on FloRacing (live) or CNBC (Oct. 28)
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.