Monday, November 27, 2023

Jesse Love Pulls Off the Hat Trick, Wins the General Tire 150 at Charlotte

Jesse Love celebrates in a big way after winning three in a row with the General Tire 150 at Charlotte. PC: Craig White, Racing America

Jesse Love and the Venturini Motorsports No. 20 might be one of the hottest teams in all of racing, right now, having won back-to-back races in the ARCA Menards Series at Talladega and Kansas.

Now, they’ve completed the trifecta, taking home the checkered flag in Friday’s General Tire 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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“I’ve never won here. Even on the fifth-mile when I was racing Legend cars,” Love said in his post-race interview.

It wasn’t without some adversity though. A late-race caution, for a spin of the No. 11 of Stephanie Moyer, set up an overtime restart. While Love and the other leaders came down the pit road, Christian Rose stayed out.

On the restart, Love made quick work of the No. 32 AM Racing Ford Mustang, while also holding off a hard-charging Dean Thompson, who finished runner-up to Love for the second race in a row.

“I always stay calm…I never really get worked up,” the 18-year-old added.

While it was a new track to win at for the Menlo Park, California native, the top three felt like a replay from a few weeks ago at Kansas.

Dean Thompson felt like the second fiddle to the No. 20 car and came home second once again. Following suit behind was the No. 17 of Taylor Gray, who made a strong comeback after having to start at the rear of the field.

Joining Gray at the back was fourth-place finisher Grant Enfinger, driving for CR7 Motorsports. Rounding out the top five was Andy Jankowiak, who had a strong rebound after a fire kept the team out of the last race out at Kansas.

The race itself shared a good amount of beef with a few drivers having problems with the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing and Connor Mosack.

Coming to the race break caution at lap 50, contact into turn three between Mosack and the No. 35 of Greg Van Alst sent Van Alst into the wall hard and putting an end to his day early. The Daytona winner was clearly upset with Mosack in his care center interview.

“No respect. Just drive right through you,” the Anderson, Indiana native said.

Post-race, both drivers caught up and talked about the situation on track.

Van Alst wasn’t the only one upset as paint was swapped between the 18 and Gus Dean in the no. 25. The two door slammed several times showing their frustration. However, both drivers were able to keep it straight.

Results from the General Tire 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

PsCarDriverTeamLapsDiffStatusB. TimeB. Lap
120Jesse Love103---Running30.542103
215Dean Thompson1030.223Running30.393103
317Taylor Gray1031.123Running30.9189
497Grant Enfinger1031.440Running31.229103
573Andy Jankowiak1031.690Running31.1086
630Frankie Muniz1032.320Running31.58964
72Andres Perez de Lara1032.331Running31.15763
832Christian Rose1032.491Running31.66663
918Connor Mosack1032.591Running30.8656
106Jack Wood1032.693Running30.9916
1145Tony Cosentino1034.684Running31.51162
1255Toni Breidinger1021 lapRunning31.7447
1393Caleb Costner1021 lapRunning32.3216
1466Jon Garrett1021 lapRunning32.52363
1525Gus Dean1012 lapsRunning31.31515
1610Ed Pompa1003 lapsRunning34.37218
1711Stephanie Moyer994 lapsRunning32.97037
1875Bryan Dauzat976 lapsRunning34.69897
1912Brayton Laster967 lapsRunning35.18461
2048Brad Smith6142 lapsRetired36.8667
2103Alex Clubb5449 lapsRunning36.13654
2235Greg Van Alst4756 lapsAccident31.5686
2369Scott Melton3964 lapsAccident32.2777
248Sean Corr3073 lapsRetired32.54728
2531Stephen Leicht2578 lapsRetired35.97815
2601C.J. McLaughlin1786 lapsRetired33.8497
2706A.J. Moyer1291 lapsRetired44.7705
2872Cody Coughlin----Did Not Start----

Breaking down the points standings, Love now strengthens his lead. He sits 13 points ahead of Frankie Muniz, who finished sixth. Jack Wood sits third with teammate Andres Perez de Lara fourth and Christian Rose fifth.

Looking ahead, the ARCA Menards Series heads to the short track of Berlin Raceway on June 17th. You can watch the race live on FS1 at 8 P.M. EST.

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