“Always Helped Me” – 15-Year-Old Future NASCAR Prospect Reveals How Jeff Gordon Mentored Him

Published 11/23/2020, 7:30 AM EST
Nov 7, 2020; Avondale, AZ, USA; NASCAR ARCA Series driver Jesse Love celebrates with a burnout after clinching the 2020 ARCA West Series Championship following the Arizona Lottery 100 at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


15-year-old Jesse Love clinched the 2020 ARCA Menards Series West title. The teenager notched up three race wins and seven Top 10 finishes to win from Blaine Perkins and Gracie Trotter. Most NASCAR drivers generally make their mark in the ARCA series before moving up the order, eventually. Now that Love has bagged the title, the future is in his hands.

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It is also worth noting that the teenager absolutely idolizes NASCAR Hall of Famer, Jeff Gordon. According to Jesse Love, “My dad grew up racing with Jeff and Jeff’s been great to me and a good mentor. He’s always helped me out whenever I ask for him.”

Who is ARCA-Menard driver and NASCAR prospect Jesse Love?

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The youngster has earned the moniker, ‘The Hammer’ during his ARCA tenure. This is because he possesses the ability to put the hammer down and scamper away from his competitors. It is also worth noting that Jesse Love has visited victory lane in nearly 300 races in various formats.

Nov 7, 2020; Avondale, AZ, USA; NASCAR ARCA Series driver Jesse Love celebrates after clinching the 2020 ARCA West Series Championship following the Arizona Lottery 100 at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Like every racer, Jesse Love began racing at a very young age. His career took off in earnest in the Quarter Midgets of America Series, winning multiple races and championships.

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Later on, he joined the USAC and dominated the proceedings, winning the championship in three different divisions. What made this feat even more incredible is the fact that he did it in the same year.

When he turned 13, Love competed in the RPM Pro Late Model Series. In 2018, the driver races in the INEX Legend Car Racing Series, winning five races, and eventually winning the series championship. Aside from that, he raced in the BCRA Midget Series and the Hunt Magneto Sprint Car Series.

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After this ARCA triumph, the sky is pretty much the limit for the 15-year-old. Who knows, there may eventually come a time when he graduates to the Truck or Xfinity series.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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