Driver Diary: Love Tackling Western Sprint Week

Driver Diary: Love Tackling
Jesse Love. (Brendon Bauman photo)

Editor’s Note: Jesse Love, 14, is a multi-faceted driver, competing in his rookie season in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League, as well as in late models and sprint cars.

Love will be sharing his racing experiences with Sprint Car & Midget subscribers while competing throughout the season. This week, he is driving the Harley VanDyke No. 5h sprint car during the Western Sprint Tour’s annual Speedweek.

Below is his newest diary entry, recapping his most recent POWRi midget appearance at Angell Park Speedway and previewing Monday night’s Speedweek opener at Siskiyou Golden Speedway in Yreka, Calif.

YREKA, Calif. – Hey guys, it’s Jesse, and I’m getting ready to gear up for another pretty busy stretch here as we go into the heat of the summer.

We’ll get to that in a minute, though. First we should probably talk about the race that I just finished up running with Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports over the weekend.

Sunday was a cool day. I got to drive the JBL No. 97k Bullet/Toyota at Angell Park Speedway in Wisconsin during the 38th annual Pepsi Nationals. It’s one of the biggest races on the POWRi schedule and a pretty historic one, at that.

The atmosphere there was really neat, the fans were awesome and the track was super fun to drive. It’s a third-mile and you could really get up on the wheel and get after it.

Unfortunately, though, we didn’t have the day I hoped we’d have.

We didn’t have a great heat race, finishing sixth after starting fifth, and that put us lining up on the outside of row nine in 18th for the main event. Being mired in traffic is always tough on short tracks, but we were working on making the best of a rough situation.

I was able to pick my way through traffic and drive up into the top 10, but about halfway through the 30-lapper the bottom went away on us and we dropped back to 12th in the end.

We obviously wanted to run better, but at the same time, it’s still important for us to be able to log laps and get more seat time because we’ve lost so many races to rainouts this year. I feel like I’m getting more comfortable with the KKM guys and our day will come.

What I’m really excited about this week is the fact that we get to take the Harley Van Dyke sprint car up the West Coast for the Western Sprint Tour Speedweek and run five races in five nights.

Being able to stack races and have more consistent time in the seat is huge for me at this point in my career and I want to take advantage of every lap I can. We’re starting the week tonight at Siskiyou Golden Speedway in Yreka, Calif., a tight quarter-mile dirt track just south of the Oregon state line.

This week is pretty much the story of my life, because we’re going to tracks that I’ve never seen before, let alone raced at, so I know I’m going to have a learning curve!

I’m looking forward to making some new memories though, and taking in some new places that I can add to my resume for going forward.

It’s going to be fun and I hope to see everyone at the race track this week!


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