Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pursley and Mayhew to Battle Again
Kern County Raceway Park #knwest

Kern County Raceway Park is one of three tracks to host a pair of K&N West events this season. The series already has made two trips to Iowa Speedway, with a return trip to Phoenix International Raceway set for Thursday, November 6th. 

David Mayhew has 15 #NASCAR Whelen All-American Series victories at   Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif., but none in two #knwest events at the half-mile track.
David Mayhew has 15 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series victories at
 Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif., but none in two
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West events at the half-mile track.
(Getty Images for NASCAR)

David Mayhew, coming off his third series win of the season the last time out at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington, came close to a Kern County victory earlier this year. He overtook Greg Pursley for the lead on Lap 114 of the 150-lap event, but a late-race caution changed everything. The Lap 136 caution set up a restart on Lap 142. 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.

Mayhew would earn back a spot, ultimately finishing third on the evening, but he knew that he missed an opportunity to celebrate in front of a home crowd.

"We gave one away the last time we were there," said Mayhew. "We'd love nothing better than to go to our home track and try and get two in a row."

Mayhew enters the Bakersfield 150 presented by GPS on Saturday in fourth place in the championship standings, trailing points leader Pursley by 40 points. His three victories have come at Stockton (California) 99 Speedway, the May Iowa Speedway event and the last time out at Evergreen Speedway.

K&N Pro Series West points leader Greg Pursley has two victories in two visits to Kern County. He went to Victory Lane in the series’ inaugural event at the .5-mile oval and again earlier this season. Pursley heads to Kern County Raceway Park hoping to bounce back from his worst finish of the season, an 11th place effort at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington. The 2011 series champion had top-five finishes in every event this season before electrical problems caused him to break that streak the last time out. 

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