Jesse Love will compete full-time for the 2023 ARCA Menards Series championship, multiple sources have confirmed to Frontstretch.
Love will pilot a Toyota for Venturini Motorsports, continuing his tenure with the organization.
Love’s car number, crew chief and sponsors have not been revealed at this time. Love piloted the No. 20 during his part-time 2022 ARCA slate.
Love will turn 18 on Jan. 18, making him eligible to compete for the main series championship for the first time in his career.
Love already has two ARCA-sanctioned championships on his resume, winning the 2020 and 2021 ARCA Menards Series West titles while with Bill McAnally Racing.
In his main series events, Love has two wins, at Salem Speedway in 2021 and the Illinois State Fairgrounds in 2022. Overall, he has two wins, 15 top fives and 24 top 10s in his 28 career starts.
In addition to Love, Venturini’s 2023 driver lineup is coming together, with an expected announcement before the ARCA open test session at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 13-14.
Winners of the past five straight ARCA races at Daytona, Venturini will have four drivers competing in the season opener at the 2.5-mile superspeedway.
A knowledgeable source tells #WisdomofMark that the Venturini Motorsports driver lineup for the #ARCA season opener at Daytona International Speedway will be Amber Balcaen, Toni Breidinger, Gus Dean, & Jesse Love.
— Mark Kristl (@MarkKristl) January 6, 2023
Breidinger piloted the No. 25 full-time for the team in 2022. In her first full-time foray, Breidinger earned six top 10s, including setting her career-best finish of eighth at Salem, en route to a sixth-place finish in the points.
Dean joined Venturini for a part-time campaign in 2022. The South Carolina native overall has two wins, including a win at the other ARCA superspeedway racetrack Talladega Superspeedway, 18 top fives and 34 top 10s in his 59 career starts.
Balcaen debuted in ARCA in 2022 with Rette Jones Racing. She finished seventh in the points on the strength of six top 10s, highlighted by her career-best finish of seventh at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The four Venturini drivers and the rest of the ARCA field will begin their 2023 season at Daytona on Feb. 18. The 80-lap race will begin at 1:30 p.m. ET with TV coverage provided by FOX Sports 1.
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Mark Kristl joined Frontstretch at the beginning of the 2019 NASCAR season. He is the site's ARCA Menards Series editor. Kristl is also an Eagle Scout and a proud University of Dayton alum.
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