While Ty Gibbs won again in dominating fashion, the ARCA West Series championship came down to the wire between Jesse Love and Jake Drew.
Drew had the championship in the bag until the last lap of the race when Jesse Love advanced through the field just enough to end up in an overall points tie between the two drivers. Because the tiebreaker is based on series victories, Love won the championship.
It was Drew’s Sunrise Ford Racing teammate Trevor Huddleston who gave up the position Love needed to win his second consecutive West Series championship. Huddleston appeared to drop off the pace shortly after taking the white flag and Love immediately took advantage and made the pass for 14th.
“Just needed to get to him. I knew I had to get one spot, and we got to him,” Love said of his passing Huddleston on the final lap. “I wasn’t sure what happened. I was going to get to him one way or another. I wasn’t going to spin him out. I was going to rattle his cage a little.”
Gibbs again had a stellar day on the way to his 16th win overall in 2021 between all of the ARCA series as well as the NASCAR Xfinity series.
“I felt like lapped traffic was one of the biggest challenges,” Gibbs said. “I felt like we were at at dirt race almost. Pick and choose your lines; make sure the right one rolled. Just a great day.”
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Check out the recap by Tadd Haislop at arcaracing.com: