LAS VEGAS (Feb. 20, 2020) – Fifteen-year-old Jesse Love emerged as a major contender in the ARCA Menards Series West season opener at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Thursday night, as he came away with a runner-up finish in his series debut.

He dashed from second on the grid in his No. 19 NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry to lead early in the Star Nursery 150, before settling into second.

Love is among a contingent of five talented young rookies competing this year for Bill McAnally Racing. Three of those drivers ran 2-3-4 for most of the race on Thursday, with Love followed by Gracie Trotter and Lawless Alan.

Trotter held down the third position in her No. 99 ENEOS Toyota Camry throughout the race until getting shuffled back after a restart with seven laps remaining. That shuffle also left Alan to finish sixth in the No. 12 AUTOParkit / NGK Toyota Camry.

Gio Scelzi, meanwhile, had to battle back after his No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS / Curb Records Toyota Camry got turned around after contact from Alan early in the race. He came away with a 10th-place finish. Teammate Holley Hollan came home 12th in the No. 50 JBL / NAPA Filters / NAPA Belts & Hoses Toyota Camry.

 

ARCA Menards Series West Event:

Race: Star Nursery 150 (Race 1 of 10) Feb. 20, 2020

Location: The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas (3/8-mile oval)

Television: NBCSN on Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. PT

 

BMR Drivers:

Giovanni Scelzi

No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS / Curb Records Toyota Camry

Age: 18

Hometown: Fresno, Calif.

Practice: 2nd/3rd

Qualified: 9th

Finished: 10th (Running, completed 148 of 150 laps)

Best series finish: 10th – Las Vegas (Feb. 20, 2020)

Series standings: 10th

Rookie standings: 4th

 

Lawless Alan

No. 12 AUTOParkit / NGK Toyota Camry

Age: 20

Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.

Practice: 12th/9th

Qualified: 10th

Finished: 6th (Running, completed 150 of 150 laps)

Best series finish: 6th – Las Vegas (Feb. 20, 2020)

Series standings: 6th

Rookie standings: 3rd

 

 

Jesse Love

No. 19 NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry

Age: 15

Hometown: Menlo Park, Calif.

Practice: 3rd/2nd

Qualified: 2nd

Finished: 2nd (Running, completed 150 of 150 laps)

Laps led: 12

Best series finish: 2nd – Las Vegas (Feb. 20, 2020)

Series standings: 2nd

Rookie standings: 1st

 

Holley Hollan

No. 50 JBL / NAPA Filters / NAPA Belts & Hoses Toyota Camry

Age: 18

Hometown: Broken Arrow, Okla.

Practice: 6th/17th

Qualified: 14th

Finished: 12th (Running, completed 147 of 150 laps)

Best series finish: 12th – Las Vegas (Feb. 20, 2020)

Series standings: 12th

Rookie standings: 5th

 

Gracie Trotter

No. 99 ENEOS Toyota Camry

Age: 18

Hometown: Denver, N.C.

Practice: 4th/4th

Qualified: 4th

Finished: 4th (Running, completed 150 of 150 laps)

Best series finish: 4th – Las Vegas (Feb. 20, 2020)

Series standings: 4th

Rookie standings: 2nd

 

Race winner: Sam Mayer

 

Next Race:

ARCA Menards Series, March 6, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Ariz. (1-mile oval)

 

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Contact:

Kevin W. Green

Bill McAnally Racing

(707) 301-2052

kgreen@bmrnapa.com

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