Pursley Controls K&N West Opener

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Greg Pursley celebrates after winning Saturday's NASCAR K&N Pro Series West opener at Phoenix Int'l Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. (NASCAR Photo)
Greg Pursley celebrates after winning Saturday’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series West opener at Phoenix Int’l Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. (NASCAR Photo)

AVONDALE, Ariz. – Greg Pursley rolled to his third career win at Phoenix Int’l Raceway Saturday, but the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West veteran didn’t get it without a fight from his new teammate.

Pursley led 56 laps, taking the lead back from Cameron Hayley on lap 56 en route to winning the Talking Stick Resort 60. Hayley, 16, finished second to give Gene Price Motorsports a 1-2 finish.

Hayley was coming off a non-points victory in the K&N Pro Series portion of the UNOH Battle At The Beach two weeks ago at Daytona International Speedway. He is in his first year with the team, filling the seat vacated by 2012 West champion Dylan Kwasniewski.

The victory moved Pursley into a tie with Richard Petty for second on the West wins list at Phoenix, one behind Ken Schrader. Earlier Saturday, Pursley won the Coors Light Pole Award and broke his own track record with a lap of 26.876 seconds (133.949 mph).

Michael Self finished third. Pursley, Hayley and Self briefly went three-wide on a Lap 54 restart before Pursley was able to wrestle the lead back.

Derek Thorn and Sergio Pena finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Gray Gaulding was sixth, followed by DJ Kennington, Brett Thompson, Brandon McReynolds and Taylor Cuzick.