AVONDALE, ARIZ. – The one who wins is the one who refuses to lose – or the one who does not slow down early in the case of Jesse Love.
Love won the ARCA Menards Series West in a thrilling tiebreaker Saturday. Love was 15th, 1 point behind Jake Drew, on the final lap. Love passed Trevor Huddleston, Drew’s teammate who slowed down one lap early, handing the championship from Drew to Love with one move.
Love finished 14th and clinched the title over Drew who finished 11th but the trek to the title was not easy as one final lap move. Love experienced fuel pressure issues, starting at Lap 10, causing him to fall back. He also made contact with Caleb Costner on the backstretch which knocked the toe out on his car.
“I know Caleb pretty well, I was not expecting him to do that,” Love said. “I thought there was gonna be a little more give-and-take situation but it knocked my toe out. That and the motor, I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out.”
In the end, Love capitalized where others fell short, securing his second consecutive ARCA West title after becoming the youngest NASCAR-sanctioned champion, at age 15, in 2020.
Love won two races in 2021 and was the only driver in the series to win multiple races. His plans for 2021 are unconfirmed but he will not return to Bill McAnally Racing as BMR is switching to Chevrolet.