Tuesday, May 29, 2012

News & Notes: K&N West Heads To Vegas

Kwasniewski Leads The Charge To His Hometown Track
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Consistent finishes are usually the sign of an experienced veteran race driver. But in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West this year, it’s second-year driver Dylan Kwasniewski who is the mark of consistency.

The Las Vegas resident, who celebrates his 17th birthday on Thursday, is the only driver to finish in the top five in each of the first six races this year. Those consistent finishes have paid off, giving Kwasniewski a solid lead in the championship standings.

/files/star-nursery-200_logo.jpgThe driver of the No. 03 Royal Purple/Rockstar Ford aims to keep his momentum rolling when the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West heads to his hometown for the Star Nursery 200 at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 2.

Although Kwasniewski will be racing on his home track, he knows the competition will be tough. And in order to win, one of the drivers he will need to beat is defending series champion Greg Pursley, who is Kwasniewski’s teammate at Gene Price Motorsports.

Pursley led the standings a year ago and won at Las Vegas, with Kwasniewski finishing second. This year, however, it is Kwasniewski who is leading the charge heading to Sin City. He is the only driver with multiple wins this year and holds a 17-point lead over Pursley in the point standings.

“He’s got a year under his belt in these cars and he’s our competition now,” Pursley said of his young teammate. “I’m sure we’ll be racing him for the win again.

“He’s progressing a lot as a driver and we’re really proud of him” Pursley said. “I think he’s matured a lot since last year. Since the beginning of the year, he’s been on fire. He’s doing a great job. It’s good to see him doing that.”

Pursley is returning to Vegas with the same equipment he ran with a year ago and aiming for the same results.

“We put all our stuff in it that we won with last year,” he said. “So, we’re going to go with it that way. Hopefully, we can do good there and lead some more laps like we did last year and possibly win the race again.”

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