Love picked up his series-leading sixth win of the 2023 season, but it was one of the most difficult for the 18-year-old native of Menlo Park, Calif.
Love, who was unwell on Friday and experienced a malfunction with his cool suit during the event, was behind in the race but managed to overtake Connor Mosack on a restart with one lap remaining to take the lead.
A multi-car accident behind him sent the race into a one-lap overtime when former race leader, Dean, lined up alongside him. Love was able to hold Dean at bay by 0.115 seconds to secure the victory.
“We were surrounded by many great individuals,” Love stated following the race. “Unfortunately, we misplaced my cooling garment and the device that blows air into my helmet. Despite that setback, I believed I was in excellent condition. I engage in daily runs with my canine companion.”
“I found it much simpler due to the presence of an exceptional crew chief, Shannon Rursch. Their expertise greatly facilitates my role, and Billy Venturini ensures we have all the necessary resources. I’m certainly exhausted.”
Dean, who was only making his fourth start of the season, had been in the lead for a few laps after starting in second place. However, right after regaining the lead towards the end of the race, Mosack nudged him off the track, causing him to collide with the wall.
Mosack ended up third, Andy Jankowiak fourth and Frankie Muniz rallied back from an early-race incident to earn his first career top-five finish.
Morgan Baird, Christian Rose, Cody Coughlin, Gage Rodgers, and Jon Garret rounded out the top-10.