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Greg Pursley overtakes David Mayhew and wins Armed Forces 150 on Memorial Day Weekend at Kern County Raceway Park.
Greg Pursley made it two in a row in NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West at Kern County Raceway Park, sneaking past a spinning car in turn two to take the lead from David Mayhew and claim the Armed Forces 150 on Memorial Day weekend.
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Pursley’s win was his first since winning last season’s NAPA Auto Parts 150 at the brand-new half-mile speedway located west of Bakersfield.
“A car spun out over there and (Mayhew) went one way, I went another and it worked out,” Pursley said. “I always love racing Mayhew. They called over to me (on the radio) that there is a car spinning but no yellow so keep going! (The car) was a little tight and I hung back and I let (Mayhew) go. I tried to save something for the end.”
Mayhew expressed frustration at the lack of a caution flag for the spinning car.
“On the last restart, the bottom there at the end was pretty good and I had just got him cleared and there were a couple cars over there stopped,” Mayhew said. “It was a racing deal…bad deal! I’m absolutely surprised! Every time there is a spinning car they threw a caution. But I guess that’s racing.”
Pursley led the 19 car field to green and held the lead through a pair of cautions in the first 10 laps of the race. The caution on lap two included Jamie Krzysik spinning resulting in contact between Scott Ivie and Jack Sellers.
The lead pack navigated through heavy lapped traffic before a caution on lap 38 for Ivie tagging the turn four wall. North Carolina’s Jesse Little pitted from the top-five to make a chassis adjustment that proved valuable as the race progressed.
Coming out of the halfway break, Mayhew challenged Pursley multiple times in a thrilling side-by-side battle. Mayhew used the outside to take the lead by a nose on lap 114 and fended off Pursley through a caution on lap 119. The yellow flag on lap 135 saw the race intensify. Pursley and Mayhew battled hard in a dead heat until lap 145 when Bill Kann spun in turn two. Pursley and Mayhew thundered upon Kann as he attempted to get back onto the race track, with Mayhew having to jump on the brakes and Pursley taking over the lead.
Pursley led the final five laps with Dylan Lupton sneaking by for second ahead with Mayhew battling back to third. Brandon McRenyolds and Little rounded out the top-five.
On the NASCAR CITGO Lubricants Late Model 50 lap undercard, Johnny White led all 50 laps to claim his third career Kern County Raceway Park victory. White overcame adversity of his own, after making contact with teammate Eric Olson early in the event and suffering heavy right side damage. Josh Horn had a mechanical failure on lap 41 that set up a nine lap shootout to the finish and White was able to hang on for the close win over Brian Richardson, Eric Richardson, Lance Wilson, and fast-time qualifier Buddy Shepherd.
2013 NASCAR Spec Modified champion Chris Dalton extended his 2014 points lead with his fourth consecutive victory in the class in the 25 lap event. It was again a duel between Dalton and Gary Dutton, with Dutton leading the opening 16 laps. A great battle ensued before Dutton retired with mechanical problems.
Dalton went on to lead the final eight laps topping Jim Coffey and Brock Thompson at the line.
Kern County Raceway Park is off this Saturday and returns to action on June 7th headlined by NASCAR Pro Late Models and Super Stocks.
Major marketing partners at Kern County Raceway Park include Budweiser, CITGO Lubricants, Monster Energy, Advance Beverage Company, Coca Cola, NAPA Auto Parts, DC’s RV Center, Three-Way Chevrolet, and Whelen Engineering.
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May 24, 2014 “ARMED FORCES 150″ Feature Results
Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA
NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West – Armed Forces 150
1) 26 Greg Pursley, 2) 9 Dylan Lupton, 3) 17 David Mayhew, 4) 16 Brandon McRenyolds, 5) 97 Jesse Little, 6) 6 James Bickford, 7) 12 Giles Thornton, 8) 41 Jamie Krzysik, 9) 54 Anthony Giannone, 10) Christopher Wahl, 11) 30 Zack Huffman, 12) 84 Rich Delong III, 13) 38 Tyler Monroe, 14) 18 Bill Kann, 15) 47 Scott Ivie, 16) 11 Thomas Martin, 17) 14 John Wood, 18) 74 Luis Tyrrell, 15) 15 Jack Sellers 78:13
NASCAR CITGO Lubricants Late Model – 50 laps
1) 17 Johnny White, 2) 44 Eric Richardson, 3) 4 Brian Richardson, 4) 15 Lance Wilson, 5) 02 Buddy Shepherd, 6) 51 Racin Vernon, 7) 40 Cole Adamo, 8) 10 Mike Zimmerman, 9) 1 Paul Ebersbacher, 10) 35 Rodney Peacher, 11) 19 Eric Olson, 12) 22 Ryan Daves, 13) 14 Mike Lansing, 14) 13 Josh Horn 29:02.036
NASCAR Spec Modified – 25 laps
1) 13 Chris Dalton, 2) 8 Jim Coffey, 3) 2 Brock Thompson, 4) 25 Gary Dutton, 5) 5 Tim Smith 11:01.942
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Source: Santa Clarita News