Andrew Ranger certainly makes the most of his opportunities in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
Andrew Ranger Racing Down Miller Motorsports Park
Ranger won the iON Camera Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsports Park in only his second start of the season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
Cameron Hayley and Greg Pursley Running Side By Side
He started from the back of the field after rain washed out qualifying and raced to the front to win the second NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race of his career in a green-white-checkered flag finish.
"We had a different strategy," Ranger said. "We pitted a little too early. We came in the pits a second time to put fuel in. We were like seventh at that point, pushing really hard."
Derek Thorn won the pole and led the first 11 laps of the race. He gave way to Cameron Hayley on lap 12. Hayley led the most laps in the race, 19, but he slipped down the field after making contact with Ranger at the end of the race.
Greg Pursley took the lead from Hayley on lap 22 and was out front for 16 laps.
"Got a flat again. It's been I think the last three or four races in a row we've got a flat leading," Pursley said. "The guys did an awesome pit stop. We came in and changed a tire, they were really fast. Got us out there and thank goodness we got a yellow."
Hayley regained the lead on lap 38 before Ranger finally made it to the front.
Ranger, a two-time champion in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, passed Hayley on lap 47 and led the final six laps of the race. He made contact with Hayley on lap 47. The collision resulted in Hayley spinning out and dropping out of contention.
Fierce competition is the name of the game during a NASCAR K&N Pro Series Race
"With three to go, I had contact with the 24 car (Hayley)," Ranger said. "It surprised me a lot. That's why I turned left really quick. I hit him a little bit. I spun him. I'm very, very sorry about it."
Pursley, who won the previous three races at Miller Motorsports Park, held on for second place in the race.
"Andrew did a good job of squeezing us over there and got us in the dirt a little bit," Pursley said. "Got it in gear and got it back in second place, and just didn't have enough there."
Andrew Ranger celebrating his win at the iON Camera Utah Grand Prix NASCAR K&N Pro Series Race at Miller Motorsports Park
Rookie Dylan Lupton was third. It was his fourth top-10 finish in 11 races in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
"We were there at the end," Lupton said. "I think we had a car to win. We needed at least another two to three laps. It took us a while to get it back up to speed. It was overall a great race."
Michael Self was fourth, followed by rookie Matt Tifft in fifth.
Hayley ended up in sixth place while Thorn came in ninth.
Thorn leads the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West standings by 19 points over Hayley with four races remaining. Pursley is in third place in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West standings, one point ahead of Self.
The next race in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West is the NAPA Auto Parts 150 at NAPA Speedway in Albuquerque, N.M., on September 28, 2013.