Monday, May 26, 2014

Pursley Escapes With Kern Victory
(#nascar #knwest)

Wins Duel With Mayhew For 19th Career K&N West Triumph

Pursley secured his 19th career K&N Pro Series West victory, and second in a row at Kern County.
Pursley secured his 19th career K&N Pro Series West victory, and second in a row
at Kern County. (Jason O. Watson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

It was a two-horse race for the Armed Forces 150 checkered flag, and in the end Greg Pursley came out on top of David Mayhew in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West action at Kern County Raceway Park.

Pursley, from Newhall, Calif., led the first 113 laps from his pole position, but the bulk of those were with Mayhew right in his rearview. Mayhew finally edged ahead on Lap 114 and set sail for what would have been his third-consecutive victory, but a late-race caution changed everything.

On Lap 136, the caution came out for a stalled car. On the ensuing Lap 142 restart, Mayhew and Pursley waged a side-by-side battle that figured to go all the way to the checkered flag, but as the pair came through Turn 2 on Lap 146 the slowed car of Bill Kann was in Mayhew’s line and he had to put on the brakes to avoid contact.

The evasive action dropped Mayhew to fourth in the moment, and Pursley cruised for the final four circuits in the No. 26 GPM/Star Nursery/Real Water Ford to his 19th career victory.

“I got alongside David after the restart with 10 to go and I thought we had him,” said Pursley. “There was a car that spun up in two and there was no caution. He went high and had to check up. I went low and was able to get by. We came out of that with the lead and on to the checkered flag.”

Understandably, Mayhew’s point of view was different from Pursley’s.

“We had a car turned around in the front of the field. I expected the caution flag,” he said. “We don’t race through that. I’m at a loss on why the yellow didn’t fly.”

For Pursley, it was his first win of the season and first since winning at the Kern County track at the end of last season.

Pursley has now earned 18 Coors Light Poles and 11 different tracks during
his K&N Pro Series West career. (Jason O. Watson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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