Pursley Leads K&N West To Stockton

Greg Pursley leads the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West standings early in 2013. (NASCAR Photo)
Greg Pursley leads the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West standings early in 2013. (NASCAR Photo)

STOCKTON, Calif. – Greg Pursley knows the importance momentum can play in chasing a championship in motorsports.

Two years ago, he started the season by winning six of the first eight events in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and went on to cruise to his first series title.

After winning this year’s season opener, Pursley hopes to keep his momentum rolling and retain his early lead in points as the series returns to action with the G-Oil 150 at Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway on Saturday. The visit to the historic quarter-mile oval marks the second event of a 15-race series schedule and the first of eight short-track events this year.

“I think between the 26 and the 24 team doing so well, we all have momentum here at Gene Price Motorsports going into Stockton,” Pursley said in reference to his team and the No. 24 team of his GPM teammate, Cameron Hayley. “We’re pretty excited about going there. We did pretty well there last year.”

In addition to the 1-2 finish by the Gene Price Motorsports teams in this year’s season opener at Phoenix, the two teams dominated the UNOH Battle At The Beach preseason event at Daytona International Raceway in February. Pursley led a majority of the laps at Daytona before getting turned around, while Hayley took the win.

Pursley credits the efforts of the team in being able to maintain momentum.

“I think it has to do with the team,” said the veteran West Coast competitor, who wheels the No. 26 Renegade/Star Nursery/Real Water Ford. “We’re working hard here to try to better our stuff all the time. It’s a matter of keeping the team morale up and testing and keeping everything going.”

With a break in the schedule after the season opener, everybody is anxious to get back to racing, Pursley said.

“We’re looking forward to everything starting up and getting after it,” he said. “I’m excited to go back to the race track and get racing again. For me, I like being in the seat all the time. It keeps you sharp. I can’t wait to get going.”