2023 ARCA West at Las Vegas Bullring: Team Reactions, Analysis

By Vincent Delforge, Special to Kickin’ the Tires

The tenth race of the ARCA Menards West Series season, the Star Nursery 150 ended with the first win in career for Dylan Cappello for Naake-Klauer Motorsports team. The 27-year-old driver from Peoria, AZ pulled off this one-shot deal perfectly to show everyone that he was as good a driver as he is a race engineer. Indeed, that’s his job in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at Front Row Motorsports and his driver Zane Smith.

For his West Series return, he who had already raced in 2015 in Roseville, CA, was able to take advantage of the problems of leader Sean Hingorani to seize his chance. But his victory is also largely due to his speed and his science of the race. He managed the last two restarts perfectly and won a deserved victory at the end of overtime.

The problems encountered by Hingorani, only 16th, combined with the good race of Trevor Huddleston who finished second, allowed the latter to reduce his deficit from 37 to 26-points before the last two races of the season in Madera, CA on October 21 and Phoenix, AZ on November 3.The slightest misstep could be costly.

The top-five in the championship being the following: Sean Hingorani (495 points), Trevor Huddleston (469), Tyler Reif (468), Tanner Reif (454) and Bradley Erickson (445).

For a complete recap of the race, I invite you to read the article « Race review » available here: www.kickinthetires.net/nascar/arca-west-2023-las-vegas-bullring-review/

Complete race results: www.racing-reference.info/race-results/2023-10/AW/          

Driver & owner point standings: www.racing-reference.info/standings/2023/AW/ 

As after each race we are going to detail the statistics for each driver, embellished with the reactions collected from many of them, drivers, owners and crew chiefs. 

ARCA West Quick stats              

-70th season in history.   

-Race No. 1014 since the inception of the West Series in 1954.              

-2023 race No. 10 of 12. 

-Race No. 12 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring (LVMS Bullring) since 1994.

– Win No. five for Ford at LVMS Bullring. Ford and Chevrolet are now tied with five wins each. Followed by Pontiac (1) and Toyota (1). 

-290th win for Ford in West Series. Chevrolet is second with 248.

-second win for owner Mike Naake. The all-time most successful owners in history are Bill McAnally (99), Fred Elder (45), Bob Bruncati (42) and Ernie Conn (41).       

-Win No. 3 for Naake-Klauer Motorsports (One for Sharon in 2012 and two for Mike Naake in 2021 and 2023). The all-time most successful owners in history are Bill McAnally Racing (99), McCoy Racing (54), The Racing Farmers (47), Bruncati Racing (42) and Gene Price Motorsports (26).

 –Win No. 1 for Mike Naake and Naake-Klauer Motorsports team at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The most successful team is almost unsurprisingly Bill McAnally Racing with three wins (2002, 2003 and 2020) Gene Price Motorsports (2011 and 2012) and David Gilliland Racing (2021 and 2022) follows with two wins. All the other teams have only one victory. 

-First career win for Dylan Cappello (second career start) and the first at LVMS Bullring. Greg Pursley and Taylor Gray are the most successful drivers with two wins. All the other drivers who each have a victory (Ron Hornaday, Jr., Ernie Cope, Mark Reed, Austin Cameron, Jim Inglebright, Sam Mayer, Gracie Trotter.

-Dylan Cappello is the 208th race winner in history since 1954.

-Dylan Cappello is the seventh driver in history who took the win in his first career start at LVMS Bullring after Ron Hornaday, Jr. (1994), Ernie Cope (1995), Mark Reed (2001), Jim Inglebright (2003), Sam Mayer (2020) and Taylor Gray (2021).

-Dylan Cappello is the 10th different race winner at LVMS Bullring.   

-Second career pole position for Sean Hingorani in his 15th career start and first at LVMS Bullring. Second pole this season after Irwindale in July. 

-First pole for Venturini Motorsports and owner Bill Venturini at LVMS Bullring. Concerning the poles, BMR is again at the top of the ranking with three (2002, 2003 and 2020). Once again Gene Price Motorsports follows with two (2011 and 2012). All the other teams have only one pole.

-Second pole for Venturini Motorsports and owner Bill Venturini in West Series. Second pole this season after Irwindale in July.       

-First career start in West Series for Greg Potts and Monty Tipton.

-Best career result in West Series for Dylan Cappello (1st), Eric Rhead (11th), Greg Potts (12th) and Monty Tipton (18th).

-First top-five in career in West Series for Dylan Cappello (1st)

-First top-10 in career in West Series for Dylan Cappello (1st)

-10th win for the No. 88 in history. The first at LVMS Bullring.      

-Fourth pole for the No. 15 in history. The first at LVMS Bullring.

-Seventh career win for crew chief Mike Naake. The first at LVMS Bullring.

-Fifth career pole for crew chief Kevin Reed, Jr. The first at LVMS Bullring.

 -72nd pole for Toyota in West Series and second at LVMS Bullring. The all-time most successful manufacturer is Chevrolet with 257.  

-The track record is owned by Sam Mayer for GMS Racing at 92.396 mph achieved in 2020.  

-The polesitter has won the race seven times.  

-Gracie Trotter won the race in 2020 from ninth position on the starting grid, which is a record for the worst starting position. Dylan Cappello won from eighth position. 

-As far as yellow flags are concerned, the record is 16 in 2001. The 2001 race also holds the record for the number of yellow flag laps with 96. 

-The largest starting field was in 2011 with 28 cars.

-The smallest starting field was in 2020 with 12 cars.

-679th paved oval race in history.   

The Drivers   

No. 05 Dave Smith (Shockwave Racing) Start: 18th – Fin: 14th

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Dave Smith. (Photo by Diego Alvarado via Vincent Delforge)

14th for his 14th career race. The Canadian completed a race similar to that of Roseville. He has a better racing pace but it is still insufficient to aim for the top 10 without benefiting from the problems of his opponents. He does better than last year here and comes home with a car in good condition.

 “We took a journey to Las Vegas on the weekend… Came home with a clean Shockwave Seats 05 car, and a 14th place finish. Just a short couple days until we head to our second last race of the season, at Madera Speedway.” Smith said

Starts              Wins              Top5              Top10              Pole              Best result              At LVMS Bullring
14            0            0              1             0              10th             2 starts, best result 14th

No. 1 Robbie Kennealy (Kennealy Keller Motorsports) Start: 10th – Fin: 8th  

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Robbie Kennealy. (Photo by Diego Alvarado via Vincent Delforge)

Great performance from rookie Kennealy who had a solid race in the top-10, even fighting to get into the top-five. This result owes nothing to chance, the driver has talent. His team is new and is making full progress. Without a mechanical problem at the end of the race he could have hoped for better. The appointment is made for his home race in Madera.

“Our third Arca Menards Series West race ends with a P8 finish out of 21 cars. Started out the weekend finishing practice in the 11th spot and qualifying in the 10th position for the 150 lapper. Charlie Wilson and KKM Driver Development brought a great car and made good changes for the race. We had a really fast car driving all the way to fifth place, mainly running the entire race right outside the top-five.

Having some carburator issues during the last restart costed us a chance at the top-five but overall really happy with the gains we have made as a team in our first couple of races. They knew we were there and that’s all we can ask for. Onto our hometown track Madera Speedway this weekend.” Kennealy explains to us.

Starts         Wins         Top5         Top10         Pole         Best result         At LVMS Bullring
301205th1 start, best result 8th

No. 3 Todd Souza (Central Coast Racing) Start: 7th – Fin: 7th

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Todd Souza. (Photo by Diego Alvarado via Vincent Delforge)

Souza’s streak of top-10 finishes (6th in a row) continues with a seventh-place finish in Las Vegas. However, if Souza has already been criticized for aggressive driving, here on the Bullring it was he who was the victim of the aggressive driving of other drivers who sometimes lacked patience. Souza will even be sent into a spun shortly after halfway. Once back in the leader’s lap thanks to the free pass, he grabbed positions from 13th to find the top-10. But this seventh position will not satisfy him.

Starts               Wins               Top5               Top10          Pole             Best result               At LVMS Bullring
118              1               21               68              0               1st (1x)               5 starts, best result : 5th

No. 4 Eric Nascimento (Nascimento-Joiner Motorsports) Start: 3rd – Fin: 5th  

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Eric Nascimento. (Photo by Diego Alvarado via Vincent Delforge)

Well qualified, Bubba will curiously lose position after position at the start of the race. Ninth on 15th lap, 18th on 60th lap. He benefits from the free pass during the fourth yellow flag and everything will be better from there. No. 4 is fast and quickly climbs back into the top-10. Then Nascimento patiently gained positions and found himself sixth at the last restart. He dismisses Keller with a “love tap” in the last corner to take fifth position under the checkered flag. This is his fourth top-five in the last five races.

Starts         Wins         Top5         Top10         Pole         Best result         At LVMS Bullring
18        0         5         8        0         2nd (1x)         2 starts, best result 5th

No. 5 Dustin Ash (Jerry Pitts Racing) Start: 4th – Fin: 13th

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Dustin Ash. (Photo by Diego Alvarado via Vincent Delforge)

Everything seemed to be working well for his return to the West Series after three years of absence. Third on the starting grid, he will quickly prove to be a serious rival for the first position held by Hingorani. On the 20th lap Ash attempted to overtake and hit the No. 15. He remained glued to his rear bumper until the 71st lap when during the restart, his No. 5 Toyota suffered a loss of power. Made him lose several laps to resolve the ignition problem. At that moment all hope of a good result was gone.

Starts         Wins         Top5         Top10         Pole         Best result         At LVMS Bullring
5       01403rd1 start, best result 13th

No. 7 Takuma Koga (Jerry Pitts Racing) Start: 13th – Fin: 19th Electrical

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Takuma Koga. (Photo by Diego Alvarado via Vincent Delforge)

Koga spent almost his entire race in 12th position and when the top-10 presented itself to him… Electrical problem for the Toyota No. 7 which stopped on the 76th lap. Five laps after an electrical problem for his teammate Dustin Ash. But unlike Ash, it was not possible to resolve the problem and for his 111th career start, the Japanese was forced to dismount…

 “We were unlucky last night. But we had very strong Hot Rod!” Koga said.

Starts               Wins               Top5      Top10         Pole       Best result               At LVMS Bullring
111               0               4              24               0             5th (4x)               6 starts, best result 6th 

No. 13 Tyler Reif (Central Coast Racing) Start: 2nd – Fin: 4th

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Tyler Reif. (Photo by Diego Alvarado via Vincent Delforge)

A year after his West Series debut right here in Las Vegas, his home track, Tyler would have liked to celebrate this anniversary with a victory. But the driver of the No. 13 will not keep lasting memories of this race even if in the championship he does a good job and finds a real chance of becoming champion.

Missing out on pole position by 43 thousandths of a second, which would have been his third in a row, he will be solid in the top-3 for most of the race. After Hingaroni tumbled in the rankings, Tyler found himself battling for victory with Cappello. But during the last restart he was pulled off course and finished the race in fourth position.

Starts               Wins               Top5               Top10      Pole      Best result               At LVMS Bullring
12   1     4     6     2     1st    2 starts, best result 4th 

No. 15 Sean Hingorani (Venturini Motorsports) Start: 1st – Fin: 16th Brakes

The curse of the polesitter? Second career pole for Hingorani who will experience the same problem as during the Irwindale race last July. In fact he had to abandon in California following the breakage of his suspension. Here it is a problem of fire in his right front brake rotor which will be at the origin of his setbacks. However, he dominated the race by keeping Dustin Ash, Tyler Reif and the others behind him during the first 120 laps.

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Sean Hingorani. (Photo by Diego Alvarado via Vincent Delforge)

The fire started during the seventh yellow flag while driving slowly behind the pace car. This “slow” pace prevents the brakes from cooling. Brakes were also a problem for several other drivers in Las Vegas. Sanctioned by the race officials for not having obeyed a stop order to put out the fire.

He then lost all hope following two consecutive punctures on his right front tire. And like in Irwindale he will have to give up. In 2023, pole position means retirement for Hingorani. He lost points in the championship but nevertheless remained solid leader with a 26-point lead with two races remaining.

“Got the pole and led the first 120 laps or so until a mechanical ended our night early. Thanks to the Venturini Motorsports team for all the hard work they put in to give me a fast car. We’ve come a long way this year and we’ll be back tough at Madera.” Hingorani said. He would have hoped for a better way to celebrate his 17th birthday.

Starts               Wins               Top5               Top10               Pole         Best result               At LVMS Bullring
15      4       5       6      2       1st (4x)       2 starts, best result 16th 

No. 16 Tanner Reif (Bill McAnally Racing)  Start: 6th – Fin: 3rd

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Tanner Reif. (Photo by Diego Alvarado via Vincent Delforge)

What a pleasure to see Tanner Reif fighting for victory these last two races. The driver of the No. 16 delivers another solid performance, having never left the top-five throughout the race. On his home track he could have finished second but Trevor Huddleston managed to keep him a tenth behind him at the finish line. Tanner moves up to fourth position in the championship.

“I was hoping for the win, obviously, as every driver does. We had a really good NAPA Auto Care Chevrolet, really good on the long runs. Good podium finish, second third-place in a row, so that’s not bad. We’re doing really good the second half of the season compared to the first half. I want to thank my crew chief John (Camilleri) and Bill McAnally for giving me such a good car. Just a little bit off pace. I wish we had a little bit more, but it’s good to be back here in my hometown, my home track.” Tanner Reif said.

Starts               Wins               Top5               Top10               Pole               Best result               At LVMS Bullring
21              2               9               15              2             1st (2x)               2 starts, best result 3rd 

No. 17 Kaden Honeycutt (McGowan Motorsports with Cook Racing Technologies) Start: 21st – Fin: 9th

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Kaden Honeycutt. (Photo by Diego Alvarado via Vincent Delforge)

One thing is certain in motorsport, talent is not enough, you have to have luck on your side. Breathtaking winner in Roseville for his first career race. Everything had worked out well for Honeycutt. Here it was the opposite. Motor problem in practice.

He will have to start the race dead last following an engine change. However, it will be very fast. Coming back into the top-10 in just 10 laps. He even made it to the top-five on lap 20 before seeing his rise thwarted by brake problems. He managed to save a ninth position. Not enough to make him smile.

 “A day and night to forget. Motor blew up lap 1 of practice. No laps going into the race. Went from 21st to 5th in 20 laps. Then the brake capiler on the left front failed and just had to bring it home for points. Such a tough situation but we made the most out of it. Onto Madera” Honeycutt said.

Starts               Wins               Top5               Top10               Pole               Best result               At LVMS Bullring
211201st1 start, best result 9th

No. 21 Greg Potts (Nascimento-Joiner Motorsports) Start: 15th – Fin: 12th   

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Greg Potts. (Photo by Diego Alvarado via Vincent Delforge)

Making your first start at age 64 in a series as competitive as the West Series is a daring bet. The goal is above all to have fun. Greg Potts, veteran of the defunct NASCAR Southwest Series, however, has not lost his level. He was solid in the top15 before getting spun on the 29th lap. He will lose several laps until he can refire his engine. He will then benefit from the free pass three times and thus return to the leader’s lap. This 12th position is a good result. Never give up and follow your dreams.

Starts           Wins           Top5           Top10           Pole           Best result           At LV Bullring  
1000012th1 start, best result 12th

No. 23 Bradley Erickson (Sigma Performance Services) Start: 9th – Fin: 21st Mechanical

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Bradley Erickson. (Photo by Diego Alvarado via Vincent Delforge)

What to say? Simply bad luck. For his second race with his new team, Erickson found more speed. Qualified in the top-10 everything was allowed to see the No. 23 obtain a good result. But roughed up from the start of the race, the damage suffered by the Toyota forced Bradley to retire. But it’s to come back better next time.

 “Tough night at The Bullring for the SPS ARCA team. We got shuffled back on the outside and fell back several positions. Got involved in a wreck on the front straightaway and ended up getting a lot of nose damage that resulted in us overheating and unable to continue. Short track racing can be pretty rough on cars, drivers, and teams.

But those are the nights that also make teams stronger, more resilient, and ever more determined. You can bet that we’re more focused than ever and looking ahead to getting back on the track and going racing next weekend at Madera.” Erickson said.

Starts             Wins             Top5             Top10             Pole             Best result             At LVMS Bullring
140       2       9       0       3rd        2 starts, best result 7th 

No. 27 Bobby Hillis, Jr. (Fierce Creature Racing) Start: 20th – Fin: 20th Accident/Brakes

Not the return to competition he was hoping for… Hillis had however solved his suspension problems thanks to the help of Mike Naake. If the car behaved better, it was the brakes that would cause the No. 27 to retire. Suddenly, without warning, he lost the brakes on the 59th lap entering Turn 3. Managing to turn his car around so as not to hit the wall head on, Hillis slightly injured his left arm. But the car is so damaged that it will not be possible to repair it for Madera.

Bobby Hillis, Jr. (Photo by Diego Alvarado via Vincent Delforge)

“With the shocks and springs from Mike Naake and Tony Huffman installation and making some of my own changes to the car it was better than it ever has been. Car rotated in the middle of the corner plus had lots of forward bite off. Was fast and handled great! Lost a lap early because I came to a complete stop to avoid hitting a spinning car.

Thought we should’ve gotten it back but they said I was involved because I stopped on track. Whatever man! Another spinner a few laps later and i spun while avoiding so again no lucky dog because they said I was involved. Third time is the charm I guess because we finally got our lap back with another spinner. The car is fast and I’m on the lead lap moving up to 16th from 21st .

Then all of a sudden NO BRAKES! Straight to the floor and into the wall I went!  Tried to turn the car around but it over rotated and slapped the wall drivers side. Ouch! For both the car and me. Car is fixable and I’ll be okay in a few days but not for Madera. Just have a pretty good case of racing rheumatism! On to Phoenix in a few weeks. Tony (Huffman, his crew chief) said there is probably air in the brake line for it to do that. Too bad because we probably could’ve been top 10 with the hard charger award as well.” Hillis explains to us.

Starts      Wins      Top5      Top10      Pole      Best result      At Bakersfield  
95     0      0      8      0      8th (1x)      6 starts, best result : 8th 

No. 31 Tim Goulet (Rise Motorsports) Withdraw

Withdraw. No explanation why.

Starts              Wins              Top5              Top10              Pole              Best result              At LVMS Bullring

No. 38 RJ Smotherman (Wood Motorsports) Start: 14th – Fin: 10th

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RJ Smotherman. (Photo by Diego Alvarado via Vincent Delforge)

Second consecutive top-10 for Smotherman. And without an impact which damaged the front of his Toyota, he could have done better because he had good pace at the start of the race. The 110 inch chassis is more stable and the new engine is more efficient. Good omens for the next races.

“P10 in Vegas. Not what we hoped for coming into this weekend but we played the cards we were dealt and had some fun. Probably could have finished a little better but anytime someone got to my back bumper I got bulldozed! Car is a little tore up but we are doing our best to get it back in shape to run Madera this weekend.

We are looking for a tire sponsor if anyone might be interested in hopping on the quarter panel feel free to message me it would be greatly appreciated! Thanks to Don Zoll Jr for helping me, thanks to my dad for all he does to get me to the track and a big thanks to John Wood and Mike Holleran for making this deal happen.” Smotherman said.

Starts              Wins              Top5              Top10              Pole              Best result              At LVMS Bullring
9      0           0           3           0           7th      2 starts, best result 10th  

No. 41 Jacob Smith (Lowden-Jackson Motorsports) Withdraw

The team decided not to race in Las Vegas to better help Jan’s Towing Racing, Nick Joanides’ new team with whom they have entered into a technical partnership. But owner points go to LJM No. 41. The team will be in Madera.

Starts           Wins           Top5           Top10           Pole           Best result           At LV Bullring  
2          0       0          2          0           8th 1 start, best result 9th 

No. 49 Monty Tipton (Kennealy Keller Motorsports) Start: 17th – Fin: 18th

Monty Tipton. (Photo by Diego Alvarado via Vincent Delforge)

The 16-year-old rookie was making his first race in the West Series and what could be better than starting on a track that you know perfectly. With the old Last Chance Racing Chevrolet, Monty Tipton did well but while he was on the verge of the top-10, he experienced transmission problems which forced him to retire after 126 laps. Hoping to see him again at the Madera race, he deserves it.

Starts           Wins           Top5           Top10           Pole           Best result           At LVMS Bullring 
000018th1 start, best result 18th

No. 50 Trevor Huddleston (High Point Racing) Start: 5th – Fin: 2nd

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Trevor Huddleston. (Photo by Diego Alvarado via Vincent Delforge)

Las Vegas is a track that suits him well and with this second position acquired with determination, he erases the mechanical misstep of Roseville. He took advantage of Hingorani’s problems to take 11 points from him in the championship. Two races before the end of the season, everything is still possible for the driver of the No. 50.

 “At the end of the year we all want that championship. Sean had a rough night tonight with a mechanical ailure. We needed this night. To come home second to Dylan, congrats to him, amazing talent, but I’m going to take this as a win for us.” Huddleston said.

Starts           Wins           Top5           Top10           Pole           Best result           At LVMS Bullring
63        3           24        52           2           1st (3x)         2 starts, best result 2nd

No. 66 Eric Rhead (66 Rhead Racing) Start: 16th – Fin: 11th

Dylan cappello took a surprise victory in a one-off start in the arca menards series west at the bullring at las vegas motor speedway.
Eric Rhead. (Photo by Diego Alvarado via Vincent Delforge)

13th last year, Rhead narrowly missed the top-10 this year. He also spent many laps in this top-10, despite a fairly damaged car. His wheel arch was rubbing on his left front tire, which was the main reason, with Honeycutt’s rise, causing him to lose the top-10 at the end of the race. He shouldn’t be in Madera, which is a shame. But the team confirms that it will do more races in 2024.

Starts           Wins           Top5           Top10           Pole           Best result           At LVMS Bullring 
0           0           0           0           11th 2 starts, best result 11th 

No. 70  Kyle Keller (Kennealy Keller Motorsports) Start: 11th – Fin: 6th  

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Kyle Keller. (Photo by Diego Alvarado via Vincent Delforge)

Without a “love tap” from Nascimento in the very last corner of the race, it would have been the top-five, or even the fourth position that Kyle Keller would have obtained. Short track racing is often rough. But seeing No. 70 fighting throughout the race for the top-five proves that the new KKM team is progressing quickly. Good omens for the end of the season and 2024.

Starts              Wins              Top5              Top10              Pole              Best result            At LVMS Bullring
20     0        6        12        0        4th (3x)        4 starts, best result 4th (2x) 

No. 71 Nick Joanides (Jan’s Towing Racing) Start:12th – Fin: 17th  

Difficult race for Joanides who was sent into a spin on the 14th lap. Flat tire… The time lost to change it will never be made up. The race ultimately serves as a practice. The team has a technical alliance with Lowden-Jackson Motorsports and with free practice at Madera the day before the race, Joanides hopes to improve the settings of the No. 71 Ford.

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Nick Joanides. (Photo by Diego Alvarado via Vincent Delforge)

“Unfortunately, the car was on a razors edge. Went from dirt tracking loose to chattering the front tires with each adjustment. Was actually pleasantly surprised to qualify as well as we did, but still didn’t feel that we would have a great race setup. Started the race off with the dirt tracking loose condition.

That allowed other drivers to take advantage with a couple of them getting a little overzealous with late dive-bomb moves and getting into my left rear. One of those cut the LR tire. Unfortunately, as a new team, we’re not fully equipped yet to make a pit stop and lost at least 10 laps in the process. From there, we just used the 150 lap race as a 150 lap test session, pitting at each caution for more changes, which cost us additional laps since the pits are outside of the race track in Vegas.

Add that to the fact that engine wasn’t performing at full strength and it was a bit of a struggle. Need to get it back to the shop, try a different setup package and try again at Madera. Will truly welcome the Friday extra open practice to give us some time to work on it and figure out what this particular wants in it.

Anyone out there selling crew uniforms and/or helmets or other equipment, send me a PM on Facebook I have full faith in the Jackson’s (Dave, Tony & Matt) that they’ll get the car sorted out, hopefully by Madera. Phoenix though, is the one we have a big bullseye on the calendar as our package there should be really strong. We’ll be looking to get the Jan’s Towing Racing Ford towards the front of the pack as we build this team little by l little in hopes of starting off 2024 on a good note!” Joanides explains to us

Note: The owner points will go to No. 41 of LJM following an agreement.

Starts              Wins              Top5              Top10              Pole              Best result              At LVMS Bullring
26   0        1        8        0        4th       2 starts, best result 15th 

No. 77 Mariah Boudrieau (Performance P-1 Motorsports) Start: 19th – Fin: 15th

Mariah Boudrieau. (Photo by Diego Alvarado via Vincent Delforge)

Difficult race for Boudrieau who lacked rhythm and was not spared by his opponents and various small technical problems. She will benefit once from the free pass during the first yellow flag. But won’t be able to take advantage of it. Completing the race is satisfying. If Mariah had the opportunity to do more races, she could show her real potential.

“Well that’s a wrap for the Star nursery 150 at the Bullring. I finished 15th out of 22 cars. We had a few complications that we couldn’t overcome, but we still finished the race clean and made the best of it.”Boudrieau said.

Starts              Wins              Top5              Top10              Pole              Best result              At LVMS Bullring
4000013th (2x)2 starts, best result 15th

No. 88 Dylan Cappello (Naake-Klauer Motorsports) Start: 8th – Fin: 1st

Dylan cappello took a surprise victory in a one-off start in the arca menards series west at the bullring at las vegas motor speedway.
Dylan Cappello. (Photo by Diego Alvarado via Vincent Delforge)

Everything has been said in the race review and in the stats section at the start of this article. Dylan Cappello did not miss the opportunity presented to him and ran a magnificent race. Control and speed throughout the race. A second career race after eight years of absence (Roseville 2015) which ends like this. It is a dream. Congratulations to Mike Naake and the entire NKM team for the work accomplished.

“Man it’s just crazy. This is just kind of a one-off deal, just come out to have fun with family and friends. It turned into a win. It’s out of control. It’s crazy. I don’t even know what’s happening right now. This car is so fast. Mike Naake has a great piece. These guys are animals on restarts and I was kind of struggling getting through gears all night. Man, just got through the gears just good enough and I got a good entry into (Turn) 1. It all came together. I felt like I made 30 mistakes on the last two laps, but it all came together.”  said Cappello.

Joey Iest will be back behind the wheel of the No. 88 at Madera next week and Cappello, race engineer, in Zane Smith’s pit box in Miami in the Craftsman Truck Series.

Starts             Wins             Top5             Top10             Pole             Best result             At LVMS Bullring
211101st1 start, best result 1st

The next race on October 21 at Madera Speedway, Madera, CA, for the 51FIFTY Jr Homecoming ARCA 150 presented by the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall Of Fame. For the first West Series race since 2009 on this short track.

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