Jesse Love runs 13th during Thunderbowl Raceway debut with Van Dyke Motorsports
By Gary Thomas
Tulare, CA – March 11, 2019…Making his Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway debut this past Saturday night, young Jesse Love was able to transfer out of the B-main and record a 13th place finish in the feature aboard the Van Dyke Motorsports No. 5H machine.
The night of competition was Love’s third career Winged 360 Sprint Car start and came with the new Kings of Thunder Winged 360 Sprint Car Series at the always challenging Tulare Thunderbowl.
“Running Tulare was a great experience to say the least,” Love said. “After arriving at the track, I went to get my first glimpse and it definitely took my breath away. I could certainly see why they call it the Thunderbowl. When we went out for hot laps it was amazing to me how a track that isn’t necessarily the biggest could be so fast, and as the night went on and the track got worked in, it got even faster. For our heat race the car was great, however, it took me a couple laps to really figure out how to drive the top at Tulare because it can get pretty treacherous.”
The 14-year-old began the evening on Saturday by clocking in the 18th fastest lap among the 28-car field during group qualifying. A sixth-place finish in his heat race sent Love to the B-main, which he did a solid job in to pick up the victory and transfer into the feature, where he went on to cross the stripe in 13th after 25-laps of action.
“During that B-main I learned a lot and was able to get over a large stepping stone of trusting the car and its downforce,” commented the Menlo Park racer. “It took me a race or two to really trust it since I’ve been a wingless driver during my early career. We were able to win the B-main in dominating fashion, which started us deep in the A-main, where we ultimately finished 13th. I feel that Tulare taught me a lot as a driver that allowed me to get over a huge learning curve this past weekend. I’m ready to keep learning and improving, but definitely have confidence heading into Placerville on March 30th.”
Van Dyke Motorsports will now welcome back Lemoore, California’s Cole Macedo for two nights of racing with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series this weekend. On Friday night the Lucas Oil Products/ NAAKE Suspension No. 5H will head for the Mini Gold Cup at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway, before heading to the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday for the FVP Western Spring Shootout. The events will be Macedo’s third and fourth career starts respectively with the “Greatest Show on Dirt.”
Van Dyke Motorsports would like to thank Lucas Oil Products, NAAKE Suspension and JRI West, T&T Trucking, Rafter V Farms and Hansen Machine Works for their support this season.
Quick Recap- Thunderbowl Raceway Kings of Thunder 360’s with Jesse Love
Saturday March 9th: Qualified (18th), Heat Race (6th), B-main (1st), A-main (13th)
Upcoming Races with Cole Macedo-
Friday March 15th: Silver Dollar Speedway (World of Outlaws Mini Gold Cup)
Saturday March 16th: Stockton Dirt Track (World of Outlaws FVP Platinum Battery Showdown)
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