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Joey Iest, Trevor Huddleston and Jesse Love
Joey Iest, left, Trevor Huddleston, middle, and Jesse Love, right, look on during driver introductions ahead of the NAPA Auto Parts 150 for the ARCA Menards Series West at Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, California, on Aug. 21, 2021. (Meg Oliphant/ARCA Racing)

Points scenarios for ARCA Menards Series West championship contenders at Phoenix

Seven drivers enter the 2021 ARCA Menards Series West season finale at Phoenix Raceway with chances to win the championship.

The top five in the standings — Jesse Love, P.J. Pedroncelli, Jake Drew, Joey Iest and Cole Moore — are separated by just six points, making this by far the closest and deepest championship battle for a finale in the history of the West Series. Trevor Huddleston and Todd Souza are 15 and 26 points back, respectively, but are still contenders thanks to a 36-car entry list at Phoenix.

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Love, the defending West Series champion, has a one-point lead over second-place Pedroncelli in the standings. Love and Pedroncelli are the only two drivers who can clinch the championship regardless of where others finish simply by winning at Phoenix. Neither would need the aid of bonus points. (Bonus points are awarded for the General Tire Pole, for leading a lap in the race and for leading the most laps in the race — one point each.)

Love, Pedroncelli, Drew and Iest are the four drivers who would clinch the title regardless of where others finish if they were to score max points (win plus all three bonus points) at Phoenix.

Every other championship scenario involving all seven drivers is dependent upon where others finish.

For example, hypothetically, if Pedroncelli were to beat Love by two positions while finishing within one position of Drew, three positions of Iest, five positions of Moore, 13 positions of Huddleston and 25 positions of Souza — without bonus points awarded to any championship contender — Pedroncelli would win the title.

Each title contender enters the race with a slew of similarly complicated scenarios.

To keep things relatively simple, below is a series of tables, one for each driver’s end-of-year points scenarios depending upon where he finishes at Phoenix.

The points scenarios displayed in the tables do not include the 50-point bonus each driver will receive for completing the second half of the West Series season in its entirety. They’re based on a 36-car entry list for the Arizona Lottery 100.

Below the tables are the ARCA Menards Series’ tiebreakers that would come into play in the event two championship contenders take the checkered flag at Phoenix with the same amount of points in the standings.

Jesse Love
Jesse Love (Meg Oliphant/ARCA Racing)

Jesse Love: 358 points

Pos. No bonus points +1 +2 +3
1 404 405 406 407
2 400 401 402 403
3 399 400 401 402
4 398 399 400 401
5 397 398 399 400
6 396 397 398 399
7 395 396 397 398
8 394 395 396 397
9 393 394 395 396
10 392 393 394 395
11 391 392 393 394
12 390 391 392 393
13 389 390 391 392
14 388 389 390 391
15 387 388 389 390
16 386 387 388 389
17 385 386 387 388
18 384 385 386 387
19 383 384 385 386
20 382 383 384 385
21 381 382 383 384
22 380 381 382 383
23 379 380 381 382
24 378 379 380 381
25 377 378 379 380
26 376 377 378 379
27 375 376 377 378
28 374 375 376 377
29 373 374 375 376
30 372 373 374 375
31 371 372 373 374
32 370 371 372 373
33 369 370 371 372
34 368 369 370 371
35 367 368 369 370
36 366 367 368 369
P.J. Pedroncelli
P.J. Pedroncelli (Meg Oliphant/ARCA Racing)

P.J. Pedroncelli: 357 points

Pos. No bonus points +1 +2 +3
1 403 404 405 406
2 399 400 401 402
3 398 399 400 401
4 397 398 399 400
5 396 397 398 399
6 395 396 397 398
7 394 395 396 397
8 393 394 395 396
9 392 393 394 395
10 391 392 393 394
11 390 391 392 393
12 389 390 391 392
13 388 389 390 391
14 387 388 389 390
15 386 387 388 389
16 385 386 387 388
17 384 385 386 387
18 383 384 385 386
19 382 383 384 385
20 381 382 383 384
21 380 381 382 383
22 379 380 381 382
23 378 379 380 381
24 377 378 379 380
25 376 377 378 379
26 375 376 377 378
27 374 375 376 377
28 373 374 375 376
29 372 373 374 375
30 371 372 373 374
31 370 371 372 373
32 369 370 371 372
33 368 369 370 371
34 367 368 369 370
35 366 367 368 369
36 365 366 367 368
Jake Drew
Jake Drew (Alisha Jucevic/ARCA Racing)

Jake Drew: 355 points

Pos. No bonus points +1 +2 +3
1 401 402 403 404
2 397 398 399 400
3 396 397 398 399
4 395 396 397 398
5 394 395 396 397
6 393 394 395 396
7 392 393 394 395
8 391 392 393 394
9 390 391 392 393
10 389 390 391 392
11 388 389 390 391
12 387 388 389 390
13 386 387 388 389
14 385 386 387 388
15 384 385 386 387
16 383 384 385 386
17 382 383 384 385
18 381 382 383 384
19 380 381 382 383
20 379 380 381 382
21 378 379 380 381
22 377 378 379 380
23 376 377 378 379
24 375 376 377 378
25 374 375 376 377
26 373 374 375 376
27 372 373 374 375
28 371 372 373 374
29 370 371 372 373
30 369 370 371 372
31 368 369 370 371
32 367 368 369 370
33 366 367 368 369
34 365 366 367 368
35 364 365 366 367
36 363 364 365 366
Joey Iest
Joey Iest (Meg Oliphant/ARCA Racing)

Joey Iest: 353 points

Pos. No bonus points +1 +2 +3
1 399 400 401 402
2 395 396 397 398
3 394 395 396 397
4 393 394 395 396
5 392 393 394 395
6 391 392 393 394
7 390 391 392 393
8 389 390 391 392
9 388 389 390 391
10 387 388 389 390
11 386 387 388 389
12 385 386 387 388
13 384 385 386 387
14 383 384 385 386
15 382 383 384 385
16 381 382 383 384
17 380 381 382 383
18 379 380 381 382
19 378 379 380 381
20 377 378 379 380
21 376 377 378 379
22 375 376 377 378
23 374 375 376 377
24 373 374 375 376
25 372 373 374 375
26 371 372 373 374
27 370 371 372 373
28 369 370 371 372
29 368 369 370 371
30 367 368 369 370
31 366 367 368 369
32 365 366 367 368
33 364 365 366 367
34 363 364 365 366
35 362 363 364 365
36 361 362 363 364
Cole Moore
Cole Moore (Meg Oliphant/ARCA Racing)

Cole Moore: 352 points

Pos. No bonus points +1 +2 +3
1 398 399 400 401
2 394 395 396 397
3 393 394 395 396
4 392 393 394 395
5 391 392 393 394
6 390 391 392 393
7 389 390 391 392
8 388 389 390 391
9 387 388 389 390
10 386 387 388 389
11 385 386 387 388
12 384 385 386 387
13 383 384 385 386
14 382 383 384 385
15 381 382 383 384
16 380 381 382 383
17 379 380 381 382
18 378 379 380 381
19 377 378 379 380
20 376 377 378 379
21 375 376 377 378
22 374 375 376 377
23 373 374 375 376
24 372 373 374 375
25 371 372 373 374
26 370 371 372 373
27 369 370 371 372
28 368 369 370 371
29 367 368 369 370
30 366 367 368 369
31 365 366 367 368
32 364 365 366 367
33 363 364 365 366
34 362 363 364 365
35 361 362 363 364
36 360 361 362 363
Trevor Huddleston
Trevor Huddleston (Meg Oliphant/ARCA Racing)

Trevor Huddleston: 343 points

Pos. No bonus points +1 +2 +3
1 389 390 391 392
2 385 386 387 388
3 384 385 386 387
4 383 384 385 386
5 382 383 384 385
6 381 382 383 384
7 380 381 382 383
8 379 380 381 382
9 378 379 380 381
10 377 378 379 380
11 376 377 378 379
12 375 376 377 378
13 374 375 376 377
14 373 374 375 376
15 372 373 374 375
16 371 372 373 374
17 370 371 372 373
18 369 370 371 372
19 368 369 370 371
20 367 368 369 370
21 366 367 368 369
22 365 366 367 368
23 364 365 366 367
24 363 364 365 366
25 362 363 364 365
26 361 362 363 364
27 360 361 362 363
28 359 360 361 362
29 358 359 360 361
30 357 358 359 360
31 356 357 358 359
32 355 356 357 358
33 354 355 356 357
34 353 354 355 356
35 352 353 354 355
36 351 352 353 354
Todd Souza
Todd Souza (Chet Strange/ARCA Racing)

Todd Souza: 332 points

Pos. No bonus points +1 +2 +3
1 378 379 380 381
2 374 375 376 377
3 373 374 375 376
4 372 373 374 375
5 371 372 373 374
6 370 371 372 373
7 369 370 371 372
8 368 369 370 371
9 367 368 369 370
10 366 367 368 369
11 365 366 367 368
12 364 365 366 367
13 363 364 365 366
14 362 363 364 365
15 361 362 363 364
16 360 361 362 363
17 359 360 361 362
18 358 359 360 361
19 357 358 359 360
20 356 357 358 359
21 355 356 357 358
22 354 355 356 357
23 353 354 355 356
24 352 353 354 355
25 351 352 353 354
26 350 351 352 353
27 349 350 351 352
28 348 349 350 351
29 347 348 349 350
30 346 347 348 349
31 345 346 347 348
32 344 345 346 347
33 343 344 345 346
34 342 343 344 345
35 341 342 343 344
36 340 341 342 343

ARCA Menards Series championship points tiebreakers:

    1. Events entered and competed in
    2. Most victories
    3. Most top-five finishes
    4. Most top-10 finishes
    5. Most poles
    6. Average finishing position