August 12, 2022




(Photo: Matt Cohen/ARCA Racing)

SONOMA, Calif. — Jake Drew became the 200th winner in ARCA Menards Series West history last week when he took the checkered flag in a shortened race at Portland International Raceway.

Saturday’s General Tire 200 at Sonoma Raceway did not end with the No. 201 winner in West Series history, as Drew repeated his feat from a week ago. The 22-year-old from Fullerton, Calif., won another shortened event to score his second career victory.

Driving the No. 6 Ford for Bob Bruncati’s Sunrise Ford Racing operation, Drew dominated the majority of Saturday’s race, leading 48 of 56 laps in the fifth round of the West Series season.

RELATED: Full Sonoma Race Results

Due to time constraints with NASCAR Cup Series testing in Sonoma scheduled to follow the General Tire 200, the race was canceled on a warning with eight laps to go. Last week’s event in Portland was ruled a short one due to visibility issues as rain continued to fall on the road course.

Drew, who missed out on the West Series championship last season when he lost a tiebreaker to Jesse Love in the final race of the year at Phoenix Raceway, entered Saturday’s race as the leader of the points. He now has a 35-point advantage over second-placed Todd Souza.

Along with his two wins, Drew has finished in the top five in all five West Series races so far this season.

Making his West Series debut, Colby Howard finished second after coming through the incident that resulted in the race’s final warning on lap 51.

Dale Quarterley finished third, marking the veteran West Series racer’s best finish since his runner-up finish at California’s Irwindale Speedway in 2004.

Jack Wood and Joey Iest rounded out the top five in Sonoma. Austin Herzog, Eric Nascimento, Souza, Tim Spurgeon and Bridget Burgess complete the top 10.

West Series rookie Landen Lewis, who won in his only previous series start earlier this season at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif., was in a fighting position ahead of the race victory before him and Bill McAnally Racing driver Cole Moore only collide at Turn 11 on Lap 51 to trigger a crash and bring out the final warning of the race.

Moore missing out on the win wasn’t due to lack of effort either. On a short run in the final stages of the race, Moore repeatedly tried to pass Drew with bold moves, but ultimately was unable to complete the pass.

Moore finished 12th and Lewis finished 14th.

Saturday’s race had seven warnings for a total of 29 laps under yellow.

A replay of the General Tire 200 in Sonoma will air on USA Network on Thursday, June 16, starting at 3 p.m. ET.

The West Series will take a few weeks off before returning to action at the Irwindale Raceway in California for the NAPA Auto Parts 150 presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame.

This race is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. PT / 10:00 p.m. ET with a live stream available on FloRacing.

CONTINGENCY PRICE

  • General Tire Pole Award: Jake Drew
  • Richmond Water Heaters halfway boss: Jake Drew
  • Sprecher Tour Leader: Jake Drew
  • Bounty Rookie of the Race: Austin Herzog