Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Trevor Huddleston Outlasts the Competition to Score Upset Win in ARCA West Race at Irwindale

Trevor Huddleston Irwindale Speedway ARCA Menards West NAPA Auto Parts 150
Trevor Huddleston puts on a smoke show for the fans after winning the ARCA West Race at Irwindale Speedway. PC: FloRacing Broadcast

Saturday night’s ARCA Menards Series West event at Irwindale Speedway was a race of attrition, and it was the Agoura Hills, CA native Trevor Huddleston who took home the checkered flag for the NAPA Auto Parts BlueDEF 150.

Huddleston, who started fourth, played the long game and survived after the top drivers — Landen Lewis and Sean Hingorani — fell by the wayside with separate issues after both drivers raced inches apart and side-by-side for several laps.

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“I’m so excited, man… I do this for all of you guys (his family)… I’ve never been this out of breath just from excitement,” the 27-year-old Huddleston said post-race.

Huddleston outlasted the others and had some luck on his side as both the top two in the ARCA West points standings had major issues.

Rookie contender and the second place man in the ARCA West point standings Hingorani, who won his first career ARCA West race at Irwindale earlier this season, slapped the wall coming off of Turns 3 and 4 on Lap 88 to bring out the caution. The damage to his No. 15 racecar was terminal, and the Venturini Motorsports Toyota would end up finishing 12th on the night.

Issues also hit Lewis and the No. 17 team. After Hingorani’s incident, the Portland winner was set to be the class of the field. However, on the restart, Lewis was black-flagged for jumping the restart late in the race. While he was able to stay on the lead lap, the West Series points leader ended up ninth on the night.

It was a career-best night for Eric Nascimento Jr. as he took home a career-best second-place finish on the night. 

“We haven’t finished one this year. It’s a big monkey off our back,” Nascimento said post-race.

This was also Nascimento’s first top-five finish since 2021 at Colorado.

Tanner Reif also picked up his season best in the No. 16 for Bill McAnally with a third-place finish and his second top-five of the season. Todd Souza and Robbie Kennealy rounded out the top five. Both drivers picked up their first top fives of the 2023 season. For Kennealy, it was a good result for his first career ARCA Menards West Series start.

Official Results from the NAPA AUTO PARTS BLUEDEF 150

FinStNo.DriverTeamLapsDiffStatusBest Lap
1450Trevor HuddlestonHigh Point Racing
High Point Racing / Racecar Factory
284Eric NascimentoNascimento Motorsports
Impact Transp / Phillipos Brothers Fab / Paul Cardoso
3516Tanner ReifBill McAnally Racing
NAPA AutoCare
4713Todd SouzaCentral Coast Racing
Central Coast Cabinets
5131Robbie KennealyRobbie Kennealy
Wiley X / American Swim Academy / Cover Ease
6941Tyler ReifLowden Jackson Motorsports
Travel Nevada / Power Gen Components / Stoneys
71055Jake BollmanHigh Point Racing
High Point Racing / Racecar Factory
81177Nick JoanidesPerformance P-1 Motorsports
Jan's Towing / King Taco / Wallace Sign
9317Landen LewisMcGowan Motorsports
10147Takuma KogaJerry Pitts Racing
Rise Up
1472 lapsRunning19.488
111505David SmithShockwave Motorsports
Shockwave Maring Suspension Seating
11534 lapsOut19.864
12115Sean HingoraniVenturini Motorsports
Mobil 1
9059 lapsOut18.871
13288Bradley EricksonNaake-Klauer Motorsports
L&S Framing / Podium Club
43106 lapsOut19.184
14621Ethan NascimentoNascimento Motorsports
Impact Transp / Phillipos Brothers Fab / Paul Cardoso
11138 lapsOut19.284
151270Kyle KellerJerry Pitts Racing
KISMIF Foundation / EverReady Health / Battle Born
6143 lapsOut20.209

Looking at the points, Lewis still holds the lead by 14 of Hingorani and the VMS team. Bradley Erickson now sits 19 back of the leader after a mechanical problem ended his night early, and he finished 13th.

Up next the ARCA Menards Series West travels up to Anderson, CA, and Shasta Speedway for the Shasta 150 on Saturday, July 29th at 11:30 PM ET/8:30 PM PT. You can catch the race live on FloRacing.

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