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Greg Pursley Spins Out Handing David Mayhew the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Victory

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Greg Pursley had the fastest time in qualifying during the Energy Solutions Utah Grand Prix in Tooele, Utah taking home his twentieth 21 means 21 presented by Coors Brewing Co. Pole Award

Greg Pursley had the fastest time in qualifying during the Energy Solutions Utah Grand Prix in Tooele, Utah taking home his twentieth 21 means 21 presented by Coors Brewing Co. Pole Award

James Bickford, in the number 6 Sunrise Ford of Fontana race car, challenged Greg Pursley on lap 43 of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Utah Grand Prix, shortly before Pursley spun out

James Bickford, in the number 6 Sunrise Ford of Fontana race car, challenged Greg Pursley on lap 43 of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Utah Grand Prix, shortly before Pursley spun out

It had seemed as if the driver of the number 26 Gene Price Motorsports Ford, Greg Pursley, was on his way to a fourth win at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. Pursley had the fastest time in qualifying and took home his twentieth 21 means 21 presented by Coors Brewing Co. Pole Award. Pursley dominated the first 43 laps of the 50 lap race on a 2.2 mile long road course at Miller Motorsports Park.

On that fateful 44th lap of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Utah Grand Prix race Pursley got into a battle with number two qualifier James Bickford. Eventual race winner David Mayhew was close behind the battle for first. As Pursley and Bickford came into turn one on lap 44 Pursley made contact with a lapped car sending Pursley and the number 26 GPM/Star Nursery/Real Water Ford into a spin.


Pursley made contact with lap traffic and as David Mayhew described, they all ended up in the dirt with Mayhew gaining the lead and winning the race at Miller Motorsports Park

Pursley made contact with lap traffic and as David Mayhew described, they all ended up in the dirt with Mayhew gaining the lead and winning the race at Miller Motorsports Park

James Bickford momentarily gained the lead in the number 6 Sunrise Ford car, but must have lost some steam as David Mayhew and Sunrise Ford teammate Dylan Lupton quickly made it past him. Mayhew was able to hold Lupton off for the remaining seven laps earning his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West road course victory.

Prior to his win at the Energy Solutions Utah Grand Prix, Mayhew’s best finish at Miller Motorsports Park had been fifth place back in 2011. “Every time we’ve been here we’ve had a flat tire,” said Mayhew. Luck seemed to be on the Atascadero, California native’s side this time. Of his pass during Pursley’s spin, Mayhew said “At the end we all ended up in the dirt. I got lucky and came out on the good end of that stick.”

Greg Pursley’s fourth place finish was just enough to maintain his 15 point lead over Dylan Lupton in the points championship. Lupton’s second place finish increased his lead over third place, Brandon McReynolds, ever so slightly. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship is still up for grabs as two races remain in the 2014 season. The next race will be at the All American Speedway in Roseville, California.

Mayhew, and Sunrise Ford of Fontana driver Dylan Lupton, made it past James Bickford never looking back and eventually won the Energy Solutions Utah Grand Prix by 1.022 seconds

Mayhew, and Sunrise Ford of Fontana driver Dylan Lupton, made it past James Bickford never looking back and eventually won the Energy Solutions Utah Grand Prix by 1.022 seconds

David Mayhew and the whole MMI team were ecstatic with the win at Miller Motorsports Park as it was Mayhew’s first ever NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race win on a road course

David Mayhew and the whole MMI team were ecstatic with the win at Miller Motorsports Park as it was Mayhew’s first ever NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race win on a road course

Pursley made contact with lap traffic and as David Mayhew described, they all ended up in the dirt with Mayhew gaining the lead and winning the race at Miller Motorsports Park

A K&N representative, and huge NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Ben Rhodes fan, was on site to award David Mayhew with a trophy for winning the Energy Solutions Utah Grand Prix


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