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JESSE "THE HAMMER" LOVE

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BIOGRAPHY

Jesse started his racing career at the age of five in quarter midgets. He never stops pushing the team and crew.  He has racked up numerous regional, track, state, and national championships, and he is commonly known around the tracks as “The Hammer”.

AGE: 12 years old

RESIDES: Menlo Park, CA

CAR/ENGINE: Midget-Kent Chassis powered by a 2.4 Liter Ford Focus/Rousch racing engine.

Stock car-LFR Chassis powered by a 602 Crate/TRD

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ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Baylands Rookie of the Year 2011
  • Baylands Most Improved Driver-Junior Honda 2012
  • California States Race Winner-Junior Honda 2013
  • California States Race Winner-Junior Stock 2013
  • California States Race Winner-Light 160 2013
  • Good Times, Club Championship, Junior Honda 2013
  • Good Times, Club Championship, Junior Stock 2013
  • Good Times, Club Championship, Lt. 160 2013
  • Winter Nationals Winner Junior Stock 2013
  • California Regional Championship Junior Stock 2013
  • California Monza Track Record, Capital-Sr. Stock 2014
  • California Monza Track Record, Capital-Mod 2014
  • California Monza Track Record, American-B 2014
  • Good Times, Track Record Holder, B 2014
  • California Monza Track Record, Baylands, Mod 2014
  • Baylands, Track Record Holder, B-2014
  • Good Times, Club Championship, Mod 2014
  • Tri-Valley, Track Record Holder, Mod 2014
  • California Monza Championship Sr. Stock 2014
  • California Monza Championship Mod 2014
  • California Monza Championship Sr. B 2014
  • Over 100+ Main Event Wins in QMA in 3 seasons

USAC HPD Dirt and Asphalt 2015

  • USAC HPD Win, Madera, CA (Restricted-Pavement) 2015
  • USAC HPD Win, Ventura, CA (Restricted-Dirt) 2015
  • USAC HPD Win, Meridian, ID (Restricted-Pavement) 2015
  • USAC HPD Western Overall Champion (Restricted) 2015 [Youngest in USAC History]
  • USAC HPD Western Overall Rookie of the Year 2015 [Youngest in USAC History]

INEX Bandolero Silver State Championship Road Course and Oval 2016

  • INEX Bandolero-4 Wins on Road Course
  • INEX Bandolero-3 Fast Times
  • INEX Bandolero-Orange Show-Win 
  • INEX Bandolero-Las Vegas-Three Wins
  • INEX Bandolero-Rookie of the Year 2016 (Runner up in Championship)

USAC HPD Dirt and Asphalt 2016

  • USAC HPD Win, Lemoore, CA (Dirt) 2016
  • USAC HPD Win, Las Vegas, NV (Pavement) 2016
  • USAC HPD Win, Ventura, CA (Dirt) 2016
  • USAC HPD Western Overall Champion 2016 [Youngest in USAC History]
  • USAC HPD Western Dirt Champion 2016 [Youngest in USAC History]

INEX Bandolero Silver State Championship Road Course and Oval 2017

  • INEX Bandolero-1 Win on Road Course

THE LOVE MOTORSPORTS TEAM

OUR MISSION

Love Motorsports mission is to go as fast and as far as we can in autosports. We have a faith-based, team-first approach to autosports. We love to win, but if we don't do it fairly, ethically and within the rules and guidelines, it is not truly a win. Our primary focus is to develop our drivers, and we demand communication, cooperation and respect within and between the confines of the team. We strive to improve every time we show up, and learn every time we go out. We believe in paying it forward and will help other teams get their cars on the track and will lend a helping hand whenever possible. Win, lose or draw, we are grateful to be living our dream - both on and off the track!

Love Motorsports is very lucky to have seasoned veterans on the box and radio for Jesse throughout the 2017 USAC Season.

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TEAM OWNER

Duke Love
Jess Love, a.k.a "Duke" grew up racing Quarter Midgets. Duke has raced sprintcars and midgets throughout his career. He occasionally hops in the team's backup car to give his son, Jesse, a chance at bragging rights by beating his old man.

tres van dyne

Tres Van Dyne
Tres Van Dyne, a veteran open-wheel team owner and motor builder, has been there for Jesse at every dirt event providing the very best set-ups, motors, and driver input. Tres comes from an established open wheel background and is the Crew Chief for multiple USAC Driver and Team Championships. Tres' knowledge of dirt set-ups is unparalleled and he can replace a front end faster than any man alive!

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Dustin Edge 
Dustin "Edge of Glory" Edge is the latest addition to the Love Motorsports team. Dustin proudly serves his country as an Airman Third Class in the United States Air Force.  In his spare time, he loves to race. Dustin has an unlimited supply of energy and is constantly checking and double-checking all aspects of the cars.  He can always be found in the pits discussing set-ups with Tres, going over notes with Nitro Nick, or getting the cars ready to go out on the track. Dustin also travels extensively with the team and independently with Jesse. We are extremely grateful that Dustin has decided to join our crazy circus.

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Nick Stafford
Nick Stafford, an accomplished QMA driver and National Champion has been "on the box" with Jesse throughout the USAC 2015 and 2016 Season. Nitro Nick is a calming force in the pits, ever mindful of chassis adjustments throughout the night.  Nick consistently provides race ready cars for Jesse and keeps the team on track with set up notes and changes.  As an accomplished driver in his own right, Nick and Jesse are constantly discussing track patterns, braking points, pick up points, and starting grid strategy.

randy chastain

Randy Chastain
Randy Chastain was Jesse's first asphalt driving coach and crew chief.  Randy taught Jesse more than any driver deserved to learn in a single season. Randy brought his many years of knowledge and experience to Love Motorsports, when in 2015 he served as Crew Chief. We referred to him as "Dr. Chastain" and are grateful to have had the privilege of working with him.

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Dave Sylvia
If the saying "races are won in the shop" is true, then Dave Sylvia has more wins under his belt than anyone! Dave comes from a racing family and runs a championship sprint car team of his own. A racer in his own right, Dave has more shop hours under his belt than anyone we know. In 2015 and 2016, Dave diligently prepped Jesse's cars as Love Motorsports' Shop Steward, and was always on the lookout for those extra couple or tenth hundreds of a second. And given Dave's uncanny ability to smell problems before they arise, Jesse always felt comfortable in the seat knowing that Dave had him covered. Love Motorsports is extremely grateful to Dave for his tenacity and experience.

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Mike Nakke