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Jesse Love Flexes His Muscle, Goes Back to Back With ARCA Victory at Kansas

Jesse Love Dawn 150 Kansas Speedway
Jesse Love Dawn 150 Kansas Speedway
Jesse Love burns it down at Kansas Speedway after taking home his second career win in the 2023 ARCA Season. / PC: Fox Sports Broadcast

It was a strong day for Venturini Motorsports, as the team’s full-time driver, Jesse Love, dominated and took home the checkered flag in the Dawn 150 at Kansas Speedway.

Love, driving the No. 20 GEARWRENCH Toyota Camry, led 96 of the race’s 100 laps, en route to his second victory of the season and the fourth of his ARCA Menards Series career, all coming for Venturini Motorsports.

“This place is tough. I’ve never raced on a mile and a half. I don’t really know what I’m doing,” Love said in his celebration interview. “I did a B+ job yesterday, and I wanted to do an A+ job today. I think we got closer to it,” he added. Love also mentioned that he was planning to “take a nap” now that the race was over.

While Love held the lead for the majority of the event, he was never able to truly shake his Venturini Motorsports teammate Dean Thompson, and Taylor Gray, driving the No. 17 Toyota Camry for TRICON Garage, in the newly rebranded team’s first start in ARCA.

Both Thompson and Gray were able to momentarily take over the top spot throughout the race, although only for a short period of time, as the No. 20 would rebound and take his position back at the top of the scoring pylon.

The 18-year-old Menlo Park, California native is building a lot of momentum after winning back-to-back races with his win at Talladega Superspeedway. After the win today, he now takes over the points lead from rookie Frankie Muniz.

Thompson, in his first of five races for Venturini Motorsports, came home in the runner-up position, just a tenth of a second behind the eventual winner, after making a run at the victory in the race’s closing laps.

“I think Venturini put together a great car. It’s why I’m here. I’m learning,” the 21-year-old NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver said following the race.

Both VMS teammates mentioned post-race that they were tired after the race, citing the heat taking a toll on the drivers throughout the race. “Really hot race. I don’t blame him (Love). I’m really gassed too,” added Thompson.

Taylor Gray and TRICON Garage came home in third, after being near the front of the pack with Jesse Love throughout the entirety of the event. Connor Mosack and Jack Wood rounded out the rest of the top five.

Cody Coughlin, making his first start of the 2023 ARCA Menards Series season, brought his No. 72 Ford Mustang home in seventh place, just behind full-time driver Andres Perez de Lara.

Frankie Muniz, who entered Kansas as the ARCA Menards Series points leader, faced some adversity throughout the race after the kill switch was hit on a pit stop. This put the No. 30 Ford Mustang outside the top-15, and one lap down to the leaders.

A native of Wood Ridge, New Jersey, Muniz was able to capture the free pass shortly after the restart and rebound to finish eighth, leaving him just two points behind the series’ new points leader, two-time winner Jesse Love.

Christian Rose scored a ninth-place finish for AM Racing, while Greg Van Alst rounded out the top-10 in the finishing order.

It’s been a difficult run for Van Alst, who lost his father Bruce this weekend to cancer. Winning the season opener at Daytona, Van Alst now sits fourth place in points, behind Love, Muniz, and Jack Wood, who has run the opening four events for Rev Racing.

Toni Breidinger finished in 11th place, her second-best result of the season. In mere hours, the driver of the No. 55 Toyota Camry will compete in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Kansas, driving the No. 1 for TRICON Garage.

Mandy Chick scored an impressive 12th place in her home race at Kansas Speedway, marking a great rebound after getting caught up in an accident at Talladega Superspeedway and finishing 24th. Entering Charlotte, Chick sits 10th in points.

Up next for the ARCA Menards Series is the General Tire 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26th. You can catch the race at 6 P.M. on Fox Sports 1.


RESULTS – Dawn 150 at Kansas Speedway:

FinStCarDriverTeamLapsDeltaStatusBest Lap
1120Jesse LoveVenturini Motorsports
GEARWRENCH
Toyota
100---Running31.686
2325Dean ThompsonVenturini Motorsports
Thompson Pipe Group
Toyota
1000.176Running32.083
3517Taylor GrayTRICON Garage
Dead On Tools
Toyota
1000.796Running31.787
42218Connor MosackJoe Gibbs Racing
Mobil 1
Toyota
1003.199Running32.064
596Jack WoodRev Racing
Velocity Racing
Chevrolet
10011.337Running32.810
6112Andres Perez De LaraRev Racing
Max Siegel Inc
Chevrolet
10011.732Running32.867
71072Cody CoughlinJEGS Racing
JEGS-Cody Coughlin Co
Ford
10012.581Running32.510
8630Frankie MunizRette Jones Racing
Built Ford Tough
Ford
10018.703Running32.393
9732Christian RoseAM Racing
West Virginia Department of Tourism
Ford
10022.364Running32.528
101335Greg Van AlstGreg Van Alst Racing
CB Fabricating
Ford
10023.084Running32.978
11855Toni BreidingerVenturini Motorsports
Victoria's Secret
Toyota
10024.005Running33.319
121574Mandy ChickChick Racing Inc.
Dynamic Drivelines
Toyota
10026.128Running33.596
131866Jon GarrettVeer Motorsports
Lick ‘Em Stick ‘Em
Chevrolet
991 lapRunning33.861
141669Scott MeltonKimmel Racing
Melton McFadin Insurance
Toyota
991 lapRunning33.383
151445Tony CosentinoTamayo Cosentino Racing
Tamayo Sports Florida
Chevrolet
973 lapsRunning33.042
16208Sean CorrEmpire Racing
NESCO
Chevrolet
973 lapsRunning33.945
17217Matt WilsonCCM Racing
7 Brew Coffee
Toyota
946 lapsRunning34.784
181911Josh ReaumeFast Track Racing
Cover Craft
Ford
928 lapsOUT34.512
192403Alex ClubbClubb Racing Inc.
Yavapi Bottle Gas
Ford
928 lapsRunning36.835
202506AJ MoyerWayne Peterson Racing
River’s Edge Cottages & RV Park
TBA
919 lapsRunning37.019
21230Kevin HinkleWayne Peterson Racing
KH Automotive
Toyota
919 lapsRunning36.401
22415Amber BalceanVenturini Motorsports
ICON Direct
Toyota
7129 lapsOUT32.624
231297Jason KitzmillerCR7 Motorsports
ALL Construction
Chevrolet
6436 lapsOUT33.022
242648Brad SmithBrad Smith Racing
Copraya
Ford
2773 lapsOUT37.930
251712Gage RogersFast Track Racing
Volara Foam
Chevrolet
2080 lapsOUT33.643
262210Tim MonroeFast Track Racing
FastTrackRacing.com
Ford
892 lapsOUT35.424
272701Zachary TinkleFast Track Racing
FastTrackRacing.com
Ford
397 lapsOUT35.961

POINTS – ARCA (After 4 of 20 Races):

 

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