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Jesse Love admits he came up short in debut season with Richard Childress despite getting off to a strong start

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Richard Childress Racing is unlikely to do well at the Cup level this season. But their Xfinity drivers are definitely the winners. The #21 driver, Austin Hill, has won back-to-back victories at Daytona and Atlanta. Following close behind him is his rookie teammate Jesse Love, who demonstrates wisdom far beyond his years behind the wheels.

At the young age of 19, Love has demonstrated his Xfinity talents in his debut year. After the race in Las Vegas his luck took off. He scored a spectacular second place in Phoenix, followed by 6th and 5th places in COTA and Richmond. Still, Love is preparing to make a big impact in Martinsville.

Jesse Love is concerned about the Virginia track

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The winner of this year's Xfinity race at Martinsville will be showered with green. RCR's rookie driver has a good chance of capitalizing on the opportunity he took last weekend in Richmond. The driver of the No. 2 Whelen Chevrolet Camaro finished in 5th place, earning a spot in contention for the eye-popping $100,000 cash bonus.

Still, Jesse Love remains cautious about Martinsville as he outlined his fears ahead of the race. “I feel like I’ve put in a lot of work, me and Danny Stockman [crew chief of the #2] I've just been talking about this all week…I've noticed a lot of things with SMT about what I can do to make our stuff feel better and drive better, not cause it to be a nuisance. Because I was tense last week and I think I made our problem worse… So I’m working on a few things this week and I think they should pay off.” Love said, explaining the difficulties he faced on short routes.

Love identified subtle differences between ARCA and short track racing. “When I competed in ARCA racing, I couldn't really do anything wrong. But you know I'm trying to push things along and go faster. But I also feel like the problems tend to get worse when you drive really hard over a short distance.”

That's why Jesse Love takes a much more nuanced approach to the paperclip-shaped track. “For me, the biggest thing is looking at SMT, looking at velocity curves and figuring out what my patterns are… For me, it's all about it. I learned that at Richmond and kind of figured it out halfway through the race… The short track stuff comes down to technique.”

Jesse Love's incredibly meticulous understanding makes him a tough candidate for the upcoming race. This goes hand in hand with his positive attitude.

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Love doesn't care where he ends up in the race

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Jesse Love literally grew up in the world of racing. At the tender age of five, he got into a vehicle and drove as a minicar. He made his stock car racing debut at the age of 10 in the MavTV Jr. Late Model Series. Over the years, he earned 13 victories in the ARCA Menards Series and became the youngest driver to capture the ARCA championship title at 16 years old.

So for a man who is only interested in racing, trophies are of little importance. After dominating Atlanta and being unable to achieve a top ten finish, Love didn't mind. “I don’t really care what the outcome is, do I? I just care about the performance and I was really proud of our boys. You did a phenomenal job. And I did almost a perfect job, right?”

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This young prodigy is sure to bring his engines to glory before long.

Jesse Love promises to step up the aggression after suffering dire consequences at Daytona