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Nick Drake Wins NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at Phoenix International Raceway

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Nick Drake scores his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series victory

Nick Drake scored his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series victory behind the wheel of the number 99 Bill McAnally Racing Toyota making Drake the fourth driver to win in this car during 2014

Nick Drake leading the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Casino Arizona 100 race

Nick Drake was able to lead the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Casino Arizona 100 race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona from the pole position to the checkered flag

Nick Drake scored his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series victory behind the wheel of the number 99 Bill McAnally Racing NAPA Auto Parts Toyota. This makes Drake the fourth driver to win a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race in that car just this year. Drake has recently completed his rookie season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with a 10th place overall finish. Whatever the BMR team has done with this number 99 car must be working, as Drake was able to lead the Casino Arizona 100 at Phoenix International Raceway from the pole position to the checkered flag. Drake was awarded the Coors Light Pole Award for having the fastest qualifying time of 27.316 seconds.

Gray Gaulding took second place in the Krispy Kreme Chevrolet, followed by the number 00 car driven by Cole Custer. Jessie Little, who has raced both the east and west series’, finished out the night in fourth, with Dylan Lupton rounding out the top five. Despite the lack of lead changes, the racing was pretty intense as the night was winding down. “That was some of the best racing we’ve had all season,” said third place finisher Cole Custer. Gray Gaulding followed up by saying “It’s pretty cool when we’re three or four wide and everyone comes to the finish.” Gaulding, Custer, Little, and Lupton are all members of the NASCAR Next Program which spotlights the sport’s up and coming stars.

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Casino Arizona 100 at Phoenix International Raceway

Despite the lack of lead changes during the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Casino Arizona 100 at Phoenix International Raceway the action became intense as the night wound down

The Casino Arizona 100 at Phoenix International Raceway signaled the end of the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season

The Casino Arizona 100 at Phoenix International Raceway signaled the end of the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season, as well as the end of Greg Pursley’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series career

The Casino Arizona 100 at Phoenix International Raceway signaled the end of the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season, as well as the end of Greg Pursley’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series career. “As of right now, I guess I’m retired,” said Pursley. Greg has finished off what is perhaps his final season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series in style. Pursley grabbed the series points lead after just the second race of the season and never relinquished it. “I’m very happy to go out as the champion on top,” commented Pursley. “It’s been a lot of fun racing these kids.” Pursley’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series career includes two championships, one second, and one third place finish.

Pursley was just 17 points ahead of the runner-up Dylan Lupton. David Mayhew trailed Lupton by 20 points for a narrow third place finish over Brandon McReynolds. James Bickford, who has clinched the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award, finished out the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season fifth in points. Greg Pursley will be honored for his championship winning season at the NASCAR Touring Series Awards in the Grand Ballroom of the Charlotte, North Carolina Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Saturday, December 13th.

Greg Pursley has finished off what is perhaps his final season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series

Greg Pursley has finished off what is perhaps his final season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series in style when he grabbed the points lead after just the second race of the season and never let go

Nick Drake led the Casino Arizona 100 at Phoenix International from the pole position to the checkered flag

Nick Drake led the Casino Arizona 100 at Phoenix International from the pole position to the checkered flag and was awarded the Coors Light Pole Award for the fastest qualifying time


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