BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Dylan Lupton scored his second career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win Saturday night in a wild finish at Kern County Raceway Park.
The 20-year-old Wilton, Calif., driver battled championship points leader Greg Pursley on a green-white-checkered finish that pushed the Bakersfield 150 presented by GPS to 155 laps.
Pursley, who had won the series’ first two races at the two-year-old track, was black flagged for a restart violation — he took off before the restart point. That enabled Lupton’s No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Eibach Ford to cruise to victory lane.
The penalty dropped Pursley to ninth.
Brandon McReynolds finished second and Jesse Little third. Lupton’s rookie teammate James Bickford was fourth and Thomas Martin fifth. Taylor Cuzick, Justin Funkhouser, rookie Jairo Avila, Pursley and David Mayhew rounded out the top 10.
Pursley won the Coors Light Pole Award earlier in the day and dominated the evening’s race. He took the lead from Little on Lap 108 and was in control when a caution on Lap 148 for a spin changed the race.
Pursley still holds a 15-point lead over Lupton in the championship standings. McReynolds is 11 points back of Lupton, while Mayhew and Bickford round out the top five.
Lupton, a member of the NASCAR Next class, earned his first win at Evegreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington, last August en route to Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. McReynolds and Little are also members of the NASCAR Next program, an industry initiative designed to spotlight the sport’s rising stars. Little, the 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Sunoco Rookie of the Year, was looking to pick up a win in the series his father, Chad, won a championship in 1987.
Dylan Lupton, Brandon McReynolds, Jesse Little, James Bickford, Thomas Martin, Taylor Cuzick, Justin Funkhouser, Jairo Avila, Greg Pursley, David Mayhew, Zack Huffman, John Wood, Jack Sellers, Kelly Admiraal, Rich DeLong III, Rich DeLong Jr., Jeremy Doss, Carlos Vieira.