The 2022 ARCA Menards Series West season will wrap up with a return to visit to Phoenix Raceway this Friday, when Jake Drew by taking the green flag in the Desert Diamond Casino West Valley 100 will officially clinch his first series championship after a dominant season.
The race will be the 11th event of the 2022 West Series season and will be the 50th visit by the series to the one-mile paved tri-oval in Avondale, Arizona.
The West Series made its debut at what is now known as Phoenix Raceway in 1977, when NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough was victorious in a 156-lap event. Other winners at Phoenix in West Series competition through the years include Richard Petty, Bobby Allison, Alan Kulwicki, Bill Elliott, Dale Earnhardt, Davey Allison, Mark Martin, Terry Labonte, Ricky Rudd, Ken Schrader, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Ty Gibbs, David Gilliland and, most recently, Taylor Gray.
Tickets to the Desert Diamond Casino West Valley 100 are available. Below is everything to know about Friday’s event.
Desert Diamond Casino West Valley 100 at Phoenix Raceway
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
Jake Drew’s racing life is a lot different than it was one year ago.
In 2021, Drew, the driver of the No. 6 Ford for team owner Bob Bruncati this year, lost the ARCA Menards Series West championship via tiebreaker to Jesse Love following the finale at Phoenix Raceway. Entering the 2022 West Series finale at Phoenix this Friday, Drew needs only to start the race to officially secure the series championship.
In a perfect world, Drew would like to end the 2022 season by winning at Phoenix, but he’ll have his work cut out for him if he hopes to do that.
Among the drivers Drew will be battling Friday are Sammy Smith, the reigning ARCA Menards Series East champion who also won the last three ARCA Menards Series races of the season aboard the No. 18 TMC Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Smith sat on the pole for the West Series opener at Phoenix in March but ultimately finished third.
The man who won that race in March is Taylor Gray, and he’s returning to Phoenix in pursuit of another West Series victory. Gray dominated the most recent West Series race at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and will look to cap off the season with his sixth win of the season across the ARCA platform.
Venturini Motorsports will head to Phoenix with with four entries, including Jesse Love, Landon Pembelton, Parker Chase and Conner Jones. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular Carson Hocevar will make his first West Series start aboard a Niece Motorsports Chevrolet while Jake Finch returns to West Series competition for the second time this year in the Phoenix Racing No. 1.
Landen Lewis, Cole Moore and Tanner Reif, all winners in West Series competition this year, will look to add a Phoenix Raceway victory to their respective stat sheets.
Other entrants include Vegas runner-up Andres Perez de Lara, Katie Hettinger, Christian Rose, Kyle Keller, Joey Iest, RJ Smotherman, Buddy Shepherd, Bridget Burgess, Takuma Koga and Todd Souza.
The complete entry list for Friday’s Desert Diamond Casino West Valley 100 is available here.
|RACE||Desert Diamond Casino West Valley 100|
|DATE||Friday, November 4, 2022|
|TIME||11:30 a.m. MT / 2:30 p.m. ET|
|TV CHANNEL/LIVE STREAM||FloRacing|
|TRACK LAYOUT||One-mile paved tri-oval|
|EVENT SCHEDULE||Thursday, November 3: Practice / Qualifying from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. MT … Friday, November 4: Desert Diamond Casino West Valley 100 (100 laps / 100 miles) at 11:30 a.m. MT|
CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The starting field for the Desert Diamond Casino West Valley 100 is limited to 30 plus provisional positions. This event will run under the 2022 ARCA Menards Series West rules, procedures, regulations and specifications.
QUALIFYING: Starting position will be set by each car’s fastest recorded lap in the practice / qualifying session.
RACE PIT STOP: Break pitting procedure. No adding or moving tires to or from pit box once race has started. Break at or near the conclusion of Lap 50.
The maximum tire allotment available for this event is as follows: The maximum tire use at track for the event is 10. Per ARCA Rulebook, maximum number of tires allowed in pit box for use in race is four (4): two for break, two for emergency use.