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Jake Drew wins 2022 ARCA Menards Series West championship

AVONDALE, Ariz. – One year ago, Jake Drew watched his ARCA Menards Series West championship disappear on the last lap of the season finale at Phoenix Raceway.

This year, Jake Drew needed only to start Desert Diamond Casino West Valley 100 at Phoenix on Friday to secure his first series championship.

Driving for team owners Bob and Maureen Bruncati and Sunrise Ford Racing, Drew drove the No. 6 Ford to a series-best four victories during the 2022 campaign.

He scored his first victory of the season at Portland International Raceway on June 4 and followed that with consecutive victories at Sonoma Raceway and Irwindale Speedway. He scored his fourth victory of the year in the tour’s return visit to Portland on Sept. 3.

Entering Friday’s finale at Phoenix, Drew had scored four victories, four poles, nine top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. His worst finish this season entering the last race was an eighth-place result at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The 2022 West Series championship comes in Drew’s second season in the series and with Sunrise Ford Racing. He completed his first season with the tour in 2021 and lost the series championship to Jesse Love via a tiebreaker after both drivers finished the year with 438 points.

This year, no tiebreakers were needed, as Drew entered Friday’s finale with a whopping 56-point advantage on teammate Tanner Reif in the driver standings.

For Drew, winning the championship and adding to the incredible legacy of the Bruncati family and Sunrise Ford Racing means the world.

“The first time I came into the shop, the first things I noticed were the banners along the shop wall of all the previous race wins and rookies of the year and championships that they’ve collected over the years,” Drew said. “It was really a special feeling to be a part of this program and to be brought on and given a shot to do this, and for somebody to have faith in my abilities and be given an opportunity to show what they’ve got.”