By Michael Eubanks
2021 Marks the first full-time season in ARCA Menards Series West competition for Cole More, but the 24-year-old Californian is no stranger to motorsports. The second-generation driver began his racing career on two wheels, racing motocross before transferring to cars after turning 16.
Moore made eight starts in the West Series from 2015 to 2017, earning three top-10 finishes. He moved to SRL Southwest Tour competition in 2018, where he won Rookie of the Year honors. The following year, he won the championship.
In 2020, Moore won a NASCAR late model championship at All-American Speedway in Roseville, CA. In 12 starts, he had seven wins, 11 top fives and 12 top 10s. He currently sits third in the West Series standings, with a best finish of fourth at Sonoma Raceway and Colorado National Speedway.
OOTG recently had the chance to speak with Love during an ARCA Menards Series West race at Portland International Raceway. Below is a transcript of the conversation:
Cole Moore: “My daily life is helping my family run an 80-employee business. So that’s kind of consumed a lot of my time. But I’m still chasing the dream of racing and I’m loving it. I’ve got a great opportunity this season to race for Bill McAnally. He actually came to me, so that means a lot when someone like him to comes to me and asks to race for him.”
CM: “We’re in the construction industry. Specifically, we do hazardous materials abatement and demolition. We go into buildings, remove all the bad stuff like asbestos and lead and then demolish the building when we’re done. Being in California, which has a lot of regulations, it’s a good niche that we’re in.”
CM: “I used to really like to race motocross. But I stopped doing that because injuries piled up. Other than that, I like to golf, play basketball. I love to listen to music.”
CM: “A lot of different genres. I like 70s rock & roll, reggae, 90s, and early 2000s hip hop. I like it all from top to bottom. I actually took a class in college called History of Rock & Roll which kind of took you on a journey through all of music, so I love music.”
CM: “What jumps out to me is seeing AC/DC live at AT&T Park in San Francisco. There were more people there than I had ever seen in my life at this concert. It was insane. I’ve been to a lot of concerts, but nobody rocks out like the OG’s of rock & roll. Those guys are the real rock stars for sure.”
Moore’s next ARCA Menards Series West race is the NAPA Auto Care Center 150 at All American Speedway.