Dylan Kwasniewski Wins NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Race in Stockton

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Dylan Kwasniewski and Greg Pursley side by side.
Dylan Kwasniewski and Greg Pursley side by side.
Dylan Kwasniewski made the most of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West visit to Stockton 99 Speedway. He won the race, his first of the year, led every lap and took over the lead in the K&N Pro Series West standings. Kwasniewski, a 16-year-old driver for Gene Price Motorsports, won the pole and stayed out front through seven caution periods, including a green-white-checkered flag finish, in the Pick-N-Pull 150. "It was perfect," Kwasniewski said. "I had a blast. Obviously, I had a blast since I led every lap."
Dylan Kwasniewski at the drivers' introduction.
Dylan Kwasniewski at the drivers' introduction.

It was the third K&N Pro Series West win of his career. He was the youngest driver to win a K&N Pro Series West race and pole in his rookie season in 2011. Eric Holmes, a three-time K&N Pro Series champion, was second, 0.490 seconds behind Kwasniewski. But Holmes said after the race impatience from some of the inexperienced drivers made for a frustrating night.

"We got 10 or 12 really good drivers that make a great show out here and we got a bunch who shouldn't be driving street cars, I don't think," Holmes said. "They can't find their way around a race track. It ruins the race for a lot of guys. Unfortunately it hurt me. Got damage from an idiot, it dropped me back to seventh and I had to work my way back up. Good night for our team, good points night. Not happy about second, but happy we got back up to second."
Dylan Kwasniewski and his team celebrating their win!
Dylan Kwasniewski and his team celebrating their win!

Holmes passed Greg Pursley, Kwasniewski's teammate, on the final restart to take second place. Holmes made a late run at Kwasniewski for the lead, but couldn't find room for a pass. "Eric Holmes had a chance to take me out and drive me rough, but he's a great driver and I'm glad he did it respectively," said the 16-year-old second-year driver from Las Vegas. "It was a great race. It was just perfect."

David Mayhew was third, followed by Pursley, the reigning K&N Pro Series West champion, in fourth and Jason Fensler in fifth. "The longer we run, the better it goes," Mayhew said. "It's just a shame we can't go green for more than 10 laps at a time. There's some really good racing going on up front. If one of these could go green for a while, we could race these things out. It's an awesome race with all of us up there."

Kwasniewski passed Mayhew for the lead in the K&N Pro Series West standings. He has a six-point lead over Mayhew after four races. Pursley is third in the West Series standings, 11 points behind Kwasniewski. Kwasniewski is the fourth different winner in four races. Mayhew won the K&N Pro Series West season opener at Phoenix International Raceway. Derek Thorn followed with a win at Havasu 95 Speedway. Pursley won the road-course race at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah.

The Pick-N-Pull 150 will be broadcasted on Speed on May 17th at noon PDT. The next K&N Pro Series race is the Graham Tire 150 at Iowa Speedway, a combined East and West race, on May 19th.

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