Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Jesse Love Scores Pole for ARCA Menards Series Race at Charlotte

Jesse Love ARCA Menards Series qualifying pole Charlotte Motor Speedway 2023
Jesse Love rocketed to the pole for Friday’s ARCA Menards Series General Tire 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Photo Credit: Craig White, Racing America.

While it feels weird calling a Jesse Love pole in the ARCA Menards Series a surprise, Friday’s pole-winning run for the driver of the No. 20 Venturini Motorsports Toyota felt like that.

Taylor Gray and Andres Perez de Lara led the way in the lone practice session of the day for the series, and it looked like one of those two drivers would have the steam needed to score the pole position for the General Tire 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

However, in qualifying, Love cranked out a lap time of 29.993 sec., which equates to a blistering 180.042 mph average speed around the 1.5-mile oval in Concord, North Carolina.

By turning the fastest lap, Love secured his sixth-career ARCA Menards Series pole position, and it’s his second-consecutive pole in the series.

Perez de Lara had speed, but just not quite enough to top Love for the pole, as he turned a lap that was 0.010 sec. slower than Love, and will start second in Friday’s race.

Gray would rank third in the qualifying session, while Dean Thompson and Connor Mosack rounded out the top-five fastest in ARCA Menards Series qualifying.

ARCA Menards Series General Tire 150 Qualifying Results

RowPosNo.DriverMakeLap timeDiffSpeedLapsB. Lap
ROW 1120Jesse LoveToyota29.993--180.04211
22Andres Perez de LaraChevrolet30.0030.010179.98222
ROW 2317Taylor GrayToyota30.1040.111179.37821
415Dean ThompsonToyota30.1840.191178.90222
ROW 3518Connor MosackToyota30.1880.195178.87921
625Gus DeanToyota30.2880.295178.28822
ROW 476Jack WoodChevrolet30.4490.456177.34521
873Andy JankowiakToyota30.7450.752175.63833
ROW 5935Greg Van AlstFord30.7810.788175.43222
1030Frankie MunizFord30.9890.996174.25522
ROW 61155Toni BreidingerToyota31.3661.373172.16022
1245Tony CosentinoChevrolet31.3851.392172.05611
ROW 71332Christian RoseFord31.6761.683170.47622
1466Jon GarrettChevrolet32.0622.069168.42322
ROW 81569Scott MeltonToyota32.0812.088168.32322
1693Caleb CostnerChevrolet33.3963.403161.69621
ROW 91711Stephanie MoyerToyota33.8033.810159.74955
1810Ed PompaToyota34.1164.123158.28322
ROW 101912Brayton LasterFord34.3504.357157.20522
2075Bryan DauzatChevrolet35.2425.249153.22621
ROW 112103Alex ClubbFord36.0866.093149.64222
2231Stephen LeichtChevrolet39.8019.808135.67411
ROW 122348Brad SmithChevrolet42.63812.645126.64711
2406A.J. MoyerFord48.02618.033112.43911
ROW 13258Sean CorrChevrolet0.000--0.00000
2697Grant EnfingerChevrolet0.000--0.00000
ROW 142701CJ McLaughlinChevrolet0.000--0.00000
2872Cody CoughlinFord0.000--0.00000
Toby Christie
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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