Staropoli Waits, Worries & Wins

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Patrick Staropoli, driver of the #99 PEAK Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after the NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, California. (NASCAR Photo)
Patrick Staropoli, driver of the #99 PEAK Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after the NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, California. (NASCAR Photo)
Patrick Staropoli, driver of the #99 PEAK Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after the NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, California. (NASCAR Photo)

IRWINDALE, Calif. — Patrick Staropoli played the patient game in his first visit to Irwindale Speedway. The result was the rookie’s first NASCAR victory.

The 24-year-old from Plantation, Fla., took the lead on a lap-137 restart and drove to the win in the NAPA Auto Parts 150. It was just the sixth career start for the Harvard University graduate.

David Mayhew edged Greg Pursley for second, while Staropoli’s Bill McAnally Racing teammate Brandon McReynolds came home fourth. Earlier in the day, McReynolds won his first Coors Light Pole Award as the series made its first trip to Irwindale since 2011. Dylan Lupton rounded out the top five.

Giles Thornton was sixth, followed by Brett Thompson, rookie Ryan Partridge, Taylor Cuzick and Carlos Vieira.

The finish:

Patrick Staropoli, David Mayhew, Greg Pursley, Brandon McReynolds, Dylan Lupton, Giles Thornton, Brett Thompson, Ryan Partridge, Taylor Cuzick, Carlos Vieira, Luis Tyrrell, Daryl Harr, Andrew Porter, Thomas Martin, James Bickford, John Wood, Griffin Steinfeld, Jessica Brunelli, Carl Harr, Scott Ivie, Rich DeLong III, Jack Sellers, Anthony Giannone, J.D. White, Jacob Gomes, Greg Rayl.