Mayhew loses battle after late-race cution
It was a two-horse race for the Armed Forces 150 checkered flag, and in the end Greg Pursley came out on top of David Mayhew in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West action at Kern County Raceway Park.
Pursley, from Newhall, Calif., led the first 113 laps from his pole position, but the bulk of those were with Mayhew right in his rearview. Mayhew finally edged ahead on Lap 114 and set sail for what would have been his third-consecutive victory, but a late-race caution changed everything.
On Lap 136, the caution came out for a stalled car. On the ensuing Lap 142 restart, Mayhew and Pursley waged a side-by-side battle that figured to go all the way to the checkered flag, but as the pair came through Turn 2 on Lap 146 the slowed car of Bill Kann was in Mayhew’s line and he had to put on the brakes to avoid contact.
The evasive action dropped Mayhew to fourth in the moment, and Pursley cruised for the final four circuits in the No. 26 GPM/Star Nursery/Real Water Ford to his 19th career victory and increased his lead in the championship standings to 18 over Mayhew, who has two wins this season. Dylan Lupton, Brandon McReynolds and Giles Thornton follow closely.
Lupton ended up second and Mayhew came across the line third. McReynolds and Jesse Little brought home the top five.
James Bickford, Thornton, Jamie Krzysik, Anthony Giannone and Christopher Wahl completed the top 10.
Pursley is now tied with Bill Schmitt for seventh on the K&N Pro Series West all-time wins list. Earlier in the day he moved into eighth on the series’ career poles list with his 18th. He also won the series’ inaugural event at Kern County in October 2013.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will return to action on Saturday, June 21 with the Carneros 200 at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway.
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