ARCA Series

Jesse Love dominates Talladega to capture first superspeedway win

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For the past few years, Venturini Motorsports has had dominance when ARCA races at the superspeedways, and this week, their superspeedway luck continues.

Leading a race high 35 laps, Jesse Love proved to be the dominant driver for most of the race, capturing his first win of the 2023 ARCA season, and his third career win in total.

With the help from his teammate, Gus Dean, Love was able to take the lead with seven laps to go, and eventually held on until the end.

“I love Talladega. I was here last year on the spotter stand with watching Tyler win with Noah [Gragson],” Love stated. “My mom doesn’t get to come to a lot of races. She’s always back home supporting our family. This was the one race she really wanted to come to. She was my biggest inspiration today to win.”

Gus Dean, who ran in the top five for nearly the entire race, came home with the second position.

“These Venturini cars, in my opinion, are the four strongest cars in the field,” Dean stated. “For 75 laps, the teammate situation is the greatest tool that we have. But that last lap is really hard to get done, especially when you have a driver like Jesse and equipment just as good as yours and not a ton of help from behind.”

Bret Holmes, who made a last-lap charge for the lead, would end up finishing in third. Rookie driver Andrés Pérez de Lara would lead 28 laps in the race and tie his best career finish with fourth, and Sean Corr ended up with fifth. Jack Wood, pole-sitter Taylor Gray, Scott Melton, Frankie Muniz, and Jason White rounded out the rest of the top ten.

Muniz, who scored his second top ten finish in a row, has taken over the points lead, only three points ahead of Love. Greg Van Alst, the original points leader, was taken out in an early race wreck, and has ultimately dropped back to third in the standings.

The next ARCA Menards Series race is scheduled to take place at Kansas Speedway on 6 May.

2023 General Tire 200 Race Results

1220Jesse LoveVenturini MotorsportsToyota7635Running
2825Gus DeanVenturini MotorsportsToyota760Running
31823Bret HolmesBret Holmes RacingChevrolet760Running
432Andrés Pérez de LaraRev RacingChevrolet7628Running
5268Sean CorrEmpire RacingChevrolet760Running
666Jack WoodRev RacingChevrolet769Running
7118Taylor GrayJoe Gibbs RacingToyota760Running
8469Scott MeltonKimmel RacingFord760Running
91030Frankie MunizRette Jones RacingFord760Running
101744Jason WhiteJeff McClure RacingChevrolet760Running
113045Tony CosentinoTamayo Cosentino RacingChevrolet760Running
121955Toni BreidingerVenturini MotorsportsToyota760Running
131210Ed PompaFast Track RacingChevrolet760Running
143375Bryan DauzatBrother-in-Law RacingChevrolet760Running
15911Bryce HaugebergFast Track RacingToyota760Running
163253Patrick EmerlingEmerling-Gase MotorsportsFord760Running
172432Christian RoseAM RacingFord740Running
182173Andy JankowiakKLAS MotorsportsFord720Running
191348Brad SmithBrad Smith MotorsportsChevrolet720Running
201506A.J. MoyerWayne Peterson RacingChevrolet710Running
213493Caleb CostnerCostner Weaver MotorsportsChevrolet640DNF
223162Steve Lewis Jr.Steve Lewis RacingChevrolet590Running
23207Eric CaudellCCM RacingToyota454DNF
242774Mandy ChickTeam Chick MotorsportsChevrolet400DNF
252827Tim RichmondRichmond MotorsportsToyota230Accident
262397Jason KitzmillerCR7 MotorsportsChevrolet230Accident
271666Jon GarrettVeer MotorsportsChevrolet230Accident
282963Logan MisuracaSpraker Racing EnterprisesChevrolet230Accident
292557Hunter DeshautelleBrother-in-Law RacingChevrolet230Accident
30220Kevin HinckleWayne Peterson RacingFord210Accident
31515Amber BalcaenVenturini MotorsportsToyota150Transmission
32735Greg Van AlstGreg Van Alst MotorsportsChevrolet150Accident
331403Alex ClubbClubb RacingFord70DNF
341112Tim MonroeFast Track RacingToyota50DNF
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