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Pursley Posts Phoenix Podium Gene Price Motorsports & Driver Greg Pursley Score a Third Place Finish and Move to Points Lead PARKER, ARIZ (April 10, 2010) Greg Pursley, driver of the GPM Performance Parts Ford in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series-West,...

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Gene Price Motorsports & Driver Greg Pursley Score a Third Place Finish and Move to Points Lead

PARKER, ARIZ (April 10, 2010) Greg Pursley, driver of the GPM Performance Parts Ford in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series-West, went from the front to the back and to the front in the Jimmie Johnson Foundation "100" so score a third place finish in round two of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series schedule.

Pursley qualified third for the 100-lap event on the one-mile paved oval where he is the track record holder. But no records were broken in qualifying as warm temperatures, a new gear rule, and early qualifying draw kept his record intact.

The race took the green flag just after 5pm as the sun was setting in the West causing plenty of glare and limited visibility for the drivers as they barreled into turn one for the first time. Pursley wasted no time in asserting himself and by lap ten the former NASCAR Weekly Racing Series national champion had taken the lead.

But as soon as he took control of the top spot (a position he held through lap 32), his Ford started to smoke causing plenty of concern for the Jerry Pitts led crew. "It was pretty bad in the car," Pursley described. "At first we did not know what it was but we had the lead and we were intent on winning."

The team pitted three times during the first 50 laps to repair the oil leak and was given the OK by NASCAR officials on pit lane. The team also replaced right side tires on lap 40.

While Pursley remained one of the fastest cars on the track, he would never fall below tenth in the running order. Pursley retook the top spot on lap 89 but the handle on his Ford started to fade and lost the top spot on lap 93. He hung on to finish third for his 11th top five series finish.

"This was a big picture race for us and as much as I wanted to win, finishing third is a great night," Pursley said. "We had a lot of concern about the engine but the thing never missed a beat. This whole Gene Price Motorsports team does a fantastic job and Jerry (Pitts) made great calls and had a set up that was perfect. This was a fun car to drive."

The third place finish moves Pursley into a tie for the series points lead with David Mayhew heading into the next event at Iowa Speedway May 21-23. Pursley is the track record holder at Iowa.

-source: gene price motorsports

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Jimmie Johnson , Greg Pursley , David Mayhew