During the weekend, 18-year-old Jesse Love continued his successful season by achieving his sixth ARCA win of the 2023 season at the Henry Ford Health 200 held at Michigan International Speedway. His outstanding performance in the race has put him in a commanding position, leading the drivers’ championship standings by an impressive 82 points. With a total of 8 ARCA career victories under his belt, Love has consistently demonstrated his remarkable racing skills and raw speed.
The Michigan race was nothing short of thrilling, with 12 changes in race leaders and six caution periods, making it a day filled with intense drama. Despite feeling unwell at the start of the weekend, Love persevered and climbed up from 6th place on the grid, engaging in a competitive battle for the lead with his teammate, Gus Dean.
The most memorable moments of the day for Love occurred during the final two restarts. In a one-lap shootout, he took the lead on a green and white flag restart, but the race was interrupted by a collision further back in the field, leading to another restart attempt. This time, Love found himself alongside teammate Gus Dean, and he skillfully managed to hold off Dean’s challenge to secure the checkered flag. The team’s efforts paid off, as Dean brought the No. 25 car home in second place, resulting in an impressive one-two finish for the team.
As usual, Love showed immense gratitude, openly expressing his appreciation for his team after the event, “I’ve got a phenomenal crew chief in Shannon Rursch who just makes my job really easy. And Billy Venturini gives us all the resources we need.”
The championship battle will carry on this weekend at the Reese’s 200, taking place at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park on August 11th. Fans can catch the live broadcast of the race on FS1 at 6pm ET.