Love Leads BMR Drivers In ARCA East Opener

• Season Kicks Off At New Smyrna Speedway

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 10, 2020) – Fifteen-year-old Jesse Love led the way among Bill McAnally Racing’s four young rookie drivers making their ARCA Menards East debut, as the circuit kicked off its season at New Smyrna Speedway on Monday night.

Love drove the No. 19 NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry to a 12th-place finish in the 175-lap event that was part of NASCAR Speedweeks in Florida.

His BMR teammates were close behind, with Giovanni Scelzi finishing 13th in the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Holley Hollan taking 15th in the No. 50 JBL / NAPA Filters / NAPA Belts & Hoses Toyota Camry, and Gracie Trotter coming home 16th in the No. 99 ENEOS Toyota Camry.

Love of Menlo Park, California was quickest of the BMR drivers in practice and also topped his teammates in qualifying – turning in the 14th quickest lap overall.

All four drivers made the move this season to NASCAR’s top developmental series. Scelzi and Hollan are making the transition from open-wheel racing on dirt. Love, meanwhile, has a racing resume that includes competition on dirt and asphalt. Trotter moved up from super late models and racing in the Legends series.

They are slated to run the full schedule in the ARCA Series West, along with other additional select ARCA races.

“With four young rookies on our roster this year, we wanted to take this opportunity for them to get a race under their belt,” said team owner Bill McAnally. “They gained some valuable experience this weekend that should benefit them as we move ahead. In addition to the experience behind the wheel, it gave them a chance to work with the crewmembers under race conditions.”

Leading up to the New Smyrna event, the four drivers participated in a Speedweeks Kickoff Event, hosted by Daytona International Speedway – with BMR’s No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS / Curb Records Toyota Camry and No. 99 ENEOS Toyota Camry on display.

BMR treated guests from NAPA and ENEOS to a VIP experience at Monday’s race.

ARCA Menards Series East Event:
Race: Skips Western Outfitters 175 (Race 1 of 8) Feb. 10, 2020
Location: New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, Fla. (.5-mile oval)
Television: NBCSN Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. ET

BMR Drivers:
Giovanni Scelzi
No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry
Age: 18
Hometown: Fresno, Calif.
Practice: 17th
Qualified: 16th
Finished: 13th (Running, completed 175 of 175 laps)

Jesse Love
No. 19 NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry
Age: 15
Hometown: Menlo Park, Calif.
Practice: 5th
Qualified: 14th
Finished: 12th (Running, completed 175 of 175 laps)

Holley Hollan
No. 50 JBL / NAPA Filters / NAPA Belts & Hoses Toyota Camry
Age: 18
Hometown: Broken Arrow, Okla.
Practice: 14th
Qualified: 18th
Finished: 15th (Running, completed 172 of 175 laps)

Gracie Trotter
No. 99 ENEOS Toyota Camry
Age: 18
Hometown: Denver, N.C.
Practice: 12th
Qualified: 20th
Finished: 16th (Running, completed 169 of 175 laps)

Race winner: Sam Mayer

Next Race:
ARCA Menards Series West – Star Nursery 150, Feb. 20, 2020, The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nev. (3/8-mile oval)

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