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Greg Pursley Wins NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Race at NAPA Speedway in Albuquerque

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Eric Holmes (right) and Chase Briscoe (left) sign autographs at the Napa Speedway before NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race
Eric Holmes (right) and Chase Briscoe (left) sign autographs at the Napa Speedway before NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race
Greg Pursley won his fourth race of the season at the Napa Speedway. He moved up to second place in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West standings, 20 points behind leader Derek Thorn. There are three races remaining in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule. Pursley won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship in 2011, and today, leads the West Series with four wins and nine top-five finishes in 12 races.
Derek Thorm took home the Coors Light Pole Award at the Napa Auto Parts 150 Race at the Napa Speedway
Derek Thorm took home the Coors Light Pole Award at the Napa Auto Parts 150 Race at the Napa Speedway


Pursley started the race at the NAPA Speedway on the front row with Thorn, who won the pole position. Pursley took the lead in the race briefly on lap 4, but faded back, allowing Thorn, Eric Holmes, Carl Harr and JD White to swap the lead for the first 90 laps of the NAPA Auto Parts 150. "This is a really abrasive track and it really takes a lot of patience and a lot of tire saving," Pursley said. "So we got up there and led a lap and fell back to about eighth or ninth. It was hard to have the patience to not go up there and want to race them, but we stuck to our game plan and stuck to our times."

Greg Pursley takes the checkered flag in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Napa Speedway
Greg Pursley takes the checkered flag in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Napa Speedway
Thorn passed Harr for the lead on lap 90 and held it for 37 laps. Pursley moved to the front on lap 128 and led the final 22 laps of the race. Harr led 51, the most laps in the race. There were seven lead changes between five drivers.

Thorn finished in second place, followed by Cameron Hayley in third. "We led a lap, kind of strategized," Thorn said. "Greg Pursley said he wanted to do the same thing, so let him go, let Holmes go. Then we all kind of dropped back. This place is so abrasive. You can't run 150 laps on the same set of tires. It's not Iowa."

Holmes, making his 100th career start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at Napa Speedway, was fourth. Michael Self was fifth. Carl Harr dropped to ninth when the checkered flag flew. White was 11th.
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West racer Greg Pursley celebrates his win at Napa Speedway
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West racer Greg Pursley celebrates his win at Napa Speedway


Even though Derek Thorn lost a bit of his lead in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West standings, he posted his 11th top five of the season, the most of any driver.

Cameron Hayley turned in another impressive run. He has 12 top-10 finishes in 12 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West races this year. "It started off slow to say the least," Hayley said. "We knew from last year we needed to conserve a lot. I wish we could have done better, but to come out here third isn't too bad."

The next race on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule is the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 at All American Speedway in Roseville.

Related K&N News Articles about NAPA Speedway and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West: Derek Thorn Wins Second NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Race at NAPA Speedway; Dylan Lupton Wins His First NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Race at Evergreen Speedway; Greg Pursley Wins NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Race at Spokane County Raceway; Andrew Ranger Celebrates Another NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Win at Miller Motorsports Park
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