ARCA Menards West Series – 2023 Team Chart

By Vincent Delforge, Special to Kickin’ the Tires

Created in 1954, the West Series will begin its 70th season on March 10, 2023 and already the fourth under the aegis of the ARCA. This race that will take place at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, AZ will be combined with the national ARCA Menards Series (Race No. 2).

The 2023 season will have 12 races, one more than last year, spread between March and November when we will return here to Phoenix for the final. This is not the first time the West Series season will have 12 races. It will be the 7th time in history. The first time in 1985 and the last in 2010, the year of the third and last championship won by Eric Holmes.

Since last year and the championship won by Jake Drew for Bob Bruncati’s team, Bruncati Sunrise Ford Racing, there have been many changes. Indeed the off-season has revealed its share of surprises. We are going to present here the main novelties concerning the racing calendar as well as those concerning the teams.

2023 Schedule

As in previous years Phoenix Raceway, AZ and Irwindale Speedway, CA will host the West Series twice. The Portland International Raceway road course in Oregon loses one of its two races. On the other hand, it is the great return of Shasta Speedway at Anderson, CA as well as Madera Speedway in the eponym city in California.

There will therefore only be two road races instead of three in 2022. In addition to the one in Portland, there will be the traditional race in Sonoma, CA.

Evergreen, which last year hosted the 1000th race in history, will improve its own record with a 62nd race, which makes this track the most visited of all time by the West Series.

As far as newcomers to the calendar go, it’s actually a comeback. Indeed the Shasta Speedway has already hosted 14 races in the past between 1967 and 2015 and the Madera Speedway seven races between 1973 and 2009.

  Date Track (length and type) Location Race name
1 March 10 Phoenix Raceway (1 mile paved oval) Avondale, AZ General Tire 150
2 April 1 Irwindale Speedway (.5 mile paved oval) Irwindale, CA NAPA Auto Parts 150
3 April 22 Kern County Raceway Park (.5 mile paved oval) Bakersfield, CA Kern County 150
4 June 2 Portland International Raceway (1.967 road track) Portland, OR Portland 112
5 June 9 Sonoma Raceway (1.990 road track) Sonoma, CA General Tire 200
6 July 1 Irwindale Speedway (.5 mile paved oval) Irwindale, CA Irwindale 150
7 July 29 Shasta Speedway (.375 mile paved oval) Anderson, CA Shasta 150
8 August 19 Evergreen Speedway (.646 mile paved oval) Monroe, WA Evergreen 150
9 September 30 All American Speedway (.333 mile paved oval) Roseville, CA NAPA Auto Care 150
10 October 13 The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (.375 mile paved oval) Las Vegas, NV Star Nursery 150
11 October 21 Madera Speedway (.333 mile paved oval) Madera, CA Madera 150
12 November 3 Phoenix Raceway (1 mile paved oval) Avondale, AZ Phoenix 100

 2023 Teams and drivers

The physiognomy of the paddock will change somewhat this year since we will no longer see the blue and orange cars of Bruncati Sunrise Ford Racing. As a reminder ; Bob Bruncati decided to end his adventure in the West Series after 19 seasons at the end of last year. But his cars found refuge with his friend Tim Huddleston of High Point Racing. For the moment only Trevor Huddleston has been confirmed full-time. But the team should enter two cars for the whole season and even a third during a few races.

For the first time since 2014, Bill McAnally Racing will have just one full-time driver with 2022 rookie Tanner Reif. However, the team will indeed have two cars in all the races. The second being shared between Cole Moore and debutant Eric Johnson, Jr.

In total there will be 17 cars announced full time. But for many of them, their wheel will be shared by two or more drivers, such as Nascimento-Joiner Motorsports, Last Chance Racing or Bill McAnally Racing. Among the 12 drivers announced as full-time will be veteran Todd Souza, for whom this will be his last full-time season.

Below is the 2023 team chart. Drivers from the National ARAC Menards Series who will only be present in the combined race on March 10 are not included in this table unless it is already confirmed that they will participate in at least one other West Series race.

We will go into more detail driver by driver in the race preview article of the first race of the season in Phoenix.

# Driver Team Owner Crew chief Make Infos  & sponsors
04 Ethan Nascimento

Bubba Nascimento

Nascimento-Joiner Motorsports Eric Nascimento Mike Nascimento Toyota -full time with different drivers including Ethan Nascimento and Bubba Nascimento
05 David Smith Shockwave Racing David Smith Brandon Carlson Toyota -Full time

-Shockwave Marine Suspension Seating

Note: technical alliance with Naake-Klauer Motorsports

2 Sebastian Arias REV Racing Max Siegel Jamie Jones Chevrolet -Sonoma, Phoenix 2

– Brady IFS

4 Ethan Nascimento

Bubba Nascimento

Nascimento-Joiner Motorsports Eric Nascimento Ty Joiner Toyota -full time with different drivers including Ethan Nascimento and Bubba Nascimento
5 Jacob Smith Jerry Pitts Racing Jerry Pitts Charlie Wilson Toyota -Sonoma, Irwindale (July), LVMS Bullring, Madera


7 Takuma Koga Jerry Pitts Racing Jerry Pitts Jerry Pitts

Car chief: Denny Moyer

Toyota -Full time

-RISE UP, Laundry / GR Garage Takatsuji / T3R / Loop Connect / Yamada Infra Tecnos / Lobster Tools / Koshi No Kanbai Brewery / Toyota Enterprise

11 Chris Lowden Lowden-Jackson Motorsports Chris Lowden Tony Jackson

Car chief: Christopher Jackson

Ford -Part time (ovals)

-Blue Valor Whiskey / Stoney’s /

12 Kyler Keller Jerry Pitts Racing Steve Bohanon Jerry Pitts Toyota -Full time


13 Todd Souza Central Coast Racing Kelly Souza Michael Munoz Toyota


-Full time

-Central Coast Cabinet

14 Davey Magras Davey Magras Racing Davey Magras Zach Magras Chevrolet -Sonoma, Portland, Phoenix 2

-Advanced Autoworks / Koerner Racing Engines / Penumbra Engineering LLC / ALTRA Collision

15 Sean Hingorani Venturini Motorsports Billy Venturini Dave Leiner Toyota -full time


-Alliance with Jerry Pitts Racing

16 Tanner Reif Bill McAnally Racing Bill McAnally John Camilleri Chevrolet -full time

-NAPA Auto Care

19 Cole Moore

Eric Johnson, Jr.

Bill McAnally Racing Alex McAnally Mario Isola Chevrolet Moore: -All oval races

-BBB Industries / JM Environmental

-Johnson, Jr.: -Sonoma, Portland


22 Ryan Roulette Triple R (Ryan Roulette Racing) Ryan Roulette Chris Greaney Ford -7 races including Phoenix1, Sonoma, Phoenix 2 and 4 TBD. The objective is to do the 12 races.

– Bellator Recruiting Academy

-in partnership with Last Chance Racing

25 Conner Jones Venturini Motorsports Billy Venturini Kevin Reed, Jr. Toyota -Phoenix 1, Phoenix 2

-PepperJack Kennels / Jones Utilities

27 Bobby Hillis, Jr. Fierce Creature Racing Bobby Hillis, Jr. Ed Ash

Ralph Byers

Chevrolet -Full time

-First Impression Press

32 Dale Quarterley Quarterley Racing Dale Quarterley Alex Quarterley Chevrolet -Sonoma, Portland

-Van Dyk Recycling Solutions

33 P.J. Pedroncelli P.J. Pedroncelli Racing P.J. Pedroncelli Rodd Kneeland Chevrolet -part time, Sonoma, Madera, Shasta, Roseville

-Select Mobile Bottlers

39 Andrew Tuttle Last Chance Racing Andrew Tuttle Taniesha Tuttle Ford


-Full time


41 Tyler Reif Lowden-Jackson Motorsports Chris Lowden Tony Jackson

Car chief: Ron Norman

Ford -Full time

-Gen Components, Vegas Fastener Manufacturing, Stoney’s,

46 RJ Smotherman Lowden-Jackson Motorsports Chris Lowden Tony Jackson

Car chief: Rip Michaels



-Full time

-Stoney’s /

Note: Chevrolet for short track

50 Trevor Huddleston High Point Racing Tim Huddleston Travis Thirkettle Ford -full time

-HPR, YouRaceLA

52 Ryan Philpott Philpott Racing Ryan Philpott Chuck Dozhier Toyota -Sonoma


54 Joey Iest Naake-Klauer Motorsports Mike Naake Mike Naake Ford -Part time TBA


55 Toni Breidinger Venturini Motorsports Billy Venturini Cayden Lapcevich Toyota -Phoenix 1, Phoenix 2


66 Eric Rhead 66 Rhead Racing Al Jones Roxi Gabbard Chevrolet -part time (TBA)


68 Rodd Kneeland Rodd Racing Rodd Kneeland Tony Caputo Chevrolet -Sonoma, Portland

-Rodd Renovations Inc.

77 TBA Performace P1 Motorsports Joe Nava Dave McKenzie Toyota -TBA (Full or part time)

-Jan’s Towing

80 Brian Kamisky Derek Copeland Racing LLC Brian Kamisky Derek Copeland Toyota -part time (TBA)


85 Jim Weiler

Joey Brasil

Vince Little

Josh Fanopoulos

Last Chance Racing Andrew Tuttle Darrell Herzog

Josh Fanopoulos

Chevrolet -full time


-Note: program for each driver to be confirmed

-Weiler: Sonoma, Portland, Roseville

86 Tim Spurgeon David Racing Tim Spurgeon Mike David Chevrolet -Part time, Sonoma


88 Bradley Erickson Naake-Klauer Motorsports Mike Naake Tony Caputo Ford -full time

-L&S Framing

93 Caleb Costner Costner Weaver Motorsports Caleb Costner Darrell Phillips Chevrolet -Phoenix 1, Sonoma, Phoenix 2

– Innovative Tiny Houses

? TBA High Point Racing Tim Huddleston TBA Ford -full time


? TBA High Point Racing Timm Huddleston TBA Ford -part time


? Dean Thompson Venturini Motorsports Billy Venturini TBA Toyota -Phoenix 2


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