Love Takes Third Consecutive NASCAR Win at Irwindale Speedway
The ENEOS-sponsored Bill McAnally Racing team returned to Irwindale Speedway for the NAPA AUTO PARTS 150 presented by Sunrise Ford on August 21, 2021, where team racer Jesse Love captured his third straight win at this track in the ARCA Menards Series West.
The defending series champ piloted the BMR #16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry into the lead on lap 90, maintaining positioning to the finish line, pulling away in a green-white checkered finish that extended the race to 153 laps.
Starting second on the grid and running third in the opening laps, Love charged into second on lap 45, then made his move for the lead following the midway break and steadily extended a comfortable lead.
Love attributes his victory to his experience at the Irwindale track: “I don’t know if it’s simply that I’ve been running this track for a long time, but my first real shot with Toyota Racing was here, so Irwindale means a lot to me.”
While Love led the way, among his BMR teammates, Cole Moore finished sixth in the #99 NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry. Starting sixth on the grid, he battled for a top-five spot throughout the race before coming home sixth.
Love’s victory marks BMR’s 16th win in 30 regular season series races at Irwindale Speedway. It also extends his lead in the championship standings to 11 points. Moore is second in the standings and leads the chase for Rookie of the Year.
BMR heads to Portland International Raceway for the next ARCA Menards Series West event, the Portland 112, taking place on September 11, 2021.