ARCA Menards West

Drew closes gap to Love with runner-up finish at the Bullring

By: Mitchell Breuer

Drew started off the night showing speed and scoring his first pole on an oval; however, it would become quickly apparent he would have strong competition in the form of eventual race-winner, Taylor Gray.  

In the closing stages of the race, Drew and his Sunrise Ford Racing teammate, Trevor Huddleston, were able to get close Gray but just could not get around him before the checkered flag flew.  

“I thought we would maybe get it done tonight, nevertheless, another consistent finish that brings the points gap closer again with two races to go, so we are stoked about that, “ Drew told News From The Pits. “Wish we could that win here soon, consistent finishes though, second, third, that is good. My guys work super hard all through practice, and we got this thing tuned up.

One might think there might be a sense of frustration building for Drew, as his second-place finish came one race after another close call for him, where he saw a potential win at Portland International Raceway ripped away due to penalties for going off course.  

Despite this though, there is no frustration for Drew; in fact, he was nothing but smiles following the 150-lap event.  

“You cannot be upset when you run this good every week,” Drew said. “My guys work super hard, and I would not have this opportunity if it were not for Bob (Bruncati, owner of Sunrise Ford Racing) and Sunrise Ford. This has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid, so it is super cool to just come and do this, to even run the race, let alone be up front battling for wins. I could not be any more happy.” 

Another thing that is making Drew happy is how close he is to the series points lead, now only seven markers back behind Jesse Love with two races remaining in the season. 

“It is huge, I do not have tons of experience in these cars, so I think it would be really big to get a championship as a rookie, I know he (Jesse Love) did it last year, I hope to do the same and keep him from going two-in-a-row,” Drew said. “If not, Rookie of the Year would be super awesome, we are going to keep fighting and where we land is where we land.” 

Drew will look to close the gap even more, when the series returns to action at All American Speedway on October 9.

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