15-year-old Jesse Love won the ARCA Menards Series West Championship and made his way into the NASCAR history books.
He won three races and finished top-10 in 11 races this season in his rookie season in the series. The future seems bright for the Menlo Park teenager. Speaking about the win, he said:
“Obviously there’s a lot of cool names that have won this championship in the past so to be able to write my name in that book, in that history book is really cool. I started doing quarter midgets and go-karts, things like that, up in San Jose.”
Especially with NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon helping him out whenever asked upon, Love just need to keep up his run to make it to the Cup Series one day.
“My dad grew up racing with Jeff and Jeff’s been great to me and a good mentor,” Love said. “He’s always helped me out whenever I ask for him.”
Additionally, he has already to thrive under pressure, any attribute necessary if you want to break to the top tier of the competition.
“I don’t really feel pressure much and I think that’s one thing that I’ve developed about myself and worked hard to not feel that pressure and always perform. I feel like I perform better under pressure.”