Jesse Love earns Hard Charger Award at Placerville Speedway for Van Dyke Motorsports
By Gary Thomas
Placerville, CA – April 8, 2019…Making his fifth career Winged 360 Sprint Car start Menlo Park, California’s Jesse Love proceeded to carve his way from 18th to 10th at the Placerville Speedway on Saturday to snag the Hard Charger Award in the main event.
The previous weekend had seen Love make his debut at the high-banked red clay quarter-mile located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. This past Saturday’s event marked the season-opener for the weekly Thompson’s Family of Dealerships Winged 360 Sprint Cars and he began it by timing-in 19th out of the 27 cars on hand.
A fifth-place finish in heat race number three sent the Van Dyke Motorsports/ Lucas Oil/ Rafter V Farms No. 5H to the B-main, where Love got more laps and brought home a runner up effort, transferring him into the feature. The 25-lap contest saw just two slowdowns during it and the 14-year-old methodically picked his way forward to go from 18th to 10th and claim the Hard Charger Award. It was also Love’s best career Winged 360 Sprint Car finish in this early season.
“This past weekend was a great experience and I feel like I not only learned a lot but stepped up to a new level later in the night,” Love commented. “We raced side-by-side with some really good drivers in the main event and were able to come from 18th to 10th so I’m happy with the headway we are making. Scoring a top-10 is nice and I feel like we are progressing each race. I can’t thank everyone enough for making this possible and I am excited to get back in the Van Dyke Motorsports 5H at the Peter Murphy Classic in May at Tulare.”
The next scheduled event for Van Dyke Motorsports will be the annual Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial weekend at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway with Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox behind the wheel.
Van Dyke Motorsports would like to thank Lucas Oil Products, NAAKE Suspension and JRI West, T&T Trucking, Rafter V Farms, Hansen Machine Works, DMI, AL Driveline, Moyle Engines and Rod End Supply for their support this season.
Quick Recap- Placerville Speedway Winged 360 with Jesse Love
Saturday April 6th: Qualified (19th), Heat Race (5th), B-main (2nd), A-main (10th)
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