Dylan Kwasniewski Wins K&N Pro Series West Race at All American Speedway in Roseville

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Winning at All American Speedway in Roseville put Dylan Kwasniewski in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West points lead
Winning at All American Speedway in Roseville put Dylan Kwasniewski in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West points lead
Kwasniewski took over the lead in the K&N Pro Series West Series standings with the win at Roseville. He is two points in front of Gene Price Motorsports teammate Greg Pursley with one race to go. The 17-year-old Kwasniewski rallied through the field after his car got a flat tire early in the race. He took the lead from Eric Holmes on lap 119 of the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 and went on to win his third race of the season.

Pursley, the reigning K&N Pro Series West Series champion, also had tire troubles, but didn't recover well. He climbed all the way up to fourth place midway through the race, but fell back at the end and came in 13th. It wiped out the 14-point lead Pursley had in the K&N Pro Series West standings entering the race. "I'm in the lead by one or two points," Kwasniewski said. "This was by far the best race. We not only gained the points lead, but we won the race. I can't thank the guys enough, and my mom, too. This is the happiest I've been all year."
Dylan Kwasniewski had a little tire trouble during the race but managed to pull off a first place finish
Dylan Kwasniewski had a little tire trouble during the race but managed to pull off a first place finish


Kwasniewski won the pole, but Derek Thorn passed him for the lead on the first lap. Thorn was out front for the first 14 laps of the race. Eric Holmes and Thorn battled for the lead over the next 19 laps before Holmes took over. Holmes led a race-high 101 laps and was out front from lap 33 to lap 118. Kwasniewski passed Holmes on lap 119 and held on over the final 11 laps of the race. "We just had an awesome car," said Kwasniewski, who won the fifth race of his K&N Pro Series career. "That was by far the best race I've had all year. It was so good to finish in the front. There's no better feeling." Holmes was second, his eighth top-five finish in 14 races this season.

"Disappointed we didn't get the win, but Dylan had a really fast car coming through the pack," said Holmes, a three-time K&N Pro Series West champion. "Congratulations to him. That was an awesome win for him. Long greens, I was a little better than him I think. Just them short greens, he got by me."

David Mayhew made his return to the K&N Pro Series West after racing for Kevin Harvick in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and was third at Roseville. It was his eighth top-five finish in 13 West Series races.

Dylan Kwasniewski looks forwad to the next race at Phoenix International Raceway as the 2012 season comes to a close
Dylan Kwasniewski looks forwad to the next race at Phoenix International Raceway as the 2012 season comes to a close
"Once the green flag dropped, the thing was pretty good," Mayhew said. "Just a lot of rubbing racing. Two-wide on a short track like this is good racing, but you're going to rub a lot. It was fun, just wish we had a little more for the 03 (Kwasniewski) and the 20 (Holmes)." Thorn dropped back at the end of the race and finished fourth. Rookie Cameron Hayley was fifth.

The K&N Pro Series West season finale is the Casino Arizona 50 at Phoenix International Raceway on Nov. 10. Mayhew won the K&N Pro Series West season opener at Phoenix in March.

Pursley has won four races this year. He won the 2011 K&N Pro Series West season opener at Phoenix. He won the pole but finished 23rd at Phoenix in the 2011 season finale.

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