It’s All Pursley At Kern County

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Greg Pursley called it a career after winning another NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship in 2014. (NASCAR photo)
Greg Pursley in victory lane Saturday night at Kern County Raceway Park. (NASCAR photo)
Greg Pursley in victory lane Saturday night at Kern County Raceway Park. (NASCAR photo)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Greg Pursley won the NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Kern County Raceway Park on Saturday to claim the victory in the inaugural NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at the new half-mile track.

It marked the fifth win of the season for the 2011 series champion and his 18th career series victory.

Pursley moved to the lead just before the midway point and held off strong challenges from Michael Self to win by .178 seconds. Eric Holmes followed Self across the line in third. David Mayhew and Cameron Hayley rounded out the top five.

Championship points leader Derek Thorn, who started on the outside of the front row and led the initial lap of the race, faded in the closing stages of the event and finished sixth. He was followed by Dylan Lupton, Shane Golobic, Matt Tifft and Jason Fensler.

With the win, Pursley moved back to second in the standings — 16 points behind Thorn with one race remaining to decide the 2013 championship.

The finish:

1. (3) Greg Pursley, Newhall, CA, Ford, 150 laps, 63.589 mph.

2. (7) Michael Self, Park City, UT, Chevrolet, 150.

3. (6) Eric Holmes, Escalon, CA, Toyota, 150.

4. (4) David Mayhew, Atascadero, CA, Chevrolet, 150.

5. (5) Cameron Hayley, Calgary, AB, Canada, Ford, 150.

6. (2) Derek Thorn, Lakeport, CA, Ford, 150.

7. (11) Dylan Lupton, Wilton, Calif., Ford, 150.

8. (16) Shane Golobic, Fremont, Calif., Toyota, 150.

9. (12) Matt Tifft, Hinckley, Ohio, Chevrolet, 150.

10. (13) Jason Fensler, Wilton, Calif., Chevrolet, 150.

11. (18) Daryl Harr, Edmonton, AB, Canada, Chevrolet, 150.

12. (14) Johnny Borneman, Ramona, Calif., Ford, 149.

13. (8) Chase Briscoe, Mitchell, Ind., Toyota, 149.

14. (20) Luis Tyrrell, Brisbane, Calif., Chevrolet, 148.

15. (19) Carlos Vieira, Atwater, Calif., Toyota, 148.

16. (25) Travis Milburn, Eagle, Idaho, Toyota, 147.

17. (17) Bobby Runyan, Jr., Denair, Calif., Chevrolet, 146.

18. (27) Jack Chisholm, Cranbrook, B.C. Canada, Ford, 143.

19. (28) Scott Ivie, San Ramon, Calif., Ford, 142.

20. (23) Carl Harr, Edmonton, AB, Canada, Chevrolet, 133.

21. (1) Gray Gaulding, Colonial Heights, Va., Toyota, 111, accident.

22. (10) Dallas Montes, Bakersfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 108, accident.

23. (9) Taylor Cuzick, Tolleson, Ariz., Ford, 97, oil line.

24. (21) John Wood, Eagle, ID, Toyota, 87, clutch.

25. (15) Giles Thornton, Whitefish, Mont., Toyota, 63, accident.

26. (22) Anthony Giannone, Colorado Sprgs, Colo., Toyota, 48, oil leak.

27. (26) Jim Weiler, Sonoma, Calif., Ford, 47, power steering.

28. (24) Rich DeLong, III Santa Clarita, Calif., Ford, 11, accident.