WWS: Pursley has high hopes for Las Vegas event

Winston West Rookies hope to make noise this weekend in Las Vegas. LAS VEGAS-- NASCAR Winston West Series Rookie-of-the-Year contender Greg Pursley looks to maintain his advantage in the rookie battle at The Orleans 222 at the Bullring at Las ...

Winston West Rookies hope to make noise this weekend in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS-- NASCAR Winston West Series Rookie-of-the-Year contender Greg Pursley looks to maintain his advantage in the rookie battle at The Orleans 222 at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Meanwhile, fellow rookie contender Gene Woods will host a NASCAR Winston West party at The Orleans Hotel and Casino Thursday.

After one race, Pursley leads the Stage 8 Locking Fasteners Rookie-of-the-Year point standings. Pursley finished fifth at Phoenix and looks for a top-five finish at the Bullring.

"Our goal is to come out of there with a top-five finish and stay up there in rookie points," Pursely said. "I like the track a lot. It's at the size to where you are always racing side-by-side."

Last season, Pursley finished ninth at the Bullring in the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series. This season Pursley is piloting the Las Vegas-based Star Nursery Ford.

"I always want to do good for the sponsor, especially in Las Vegas," Pursley said.

The Orleans 222 is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. with a driver autograph session at 6 p.m. behind the main grandstands.

In addition to the NASCAR Winston West Series, local drivers in the NASCAR Outlaw Stocks, NASCAR Chargers and Thunder Roadsters will compete. The Mechanix Wear Speed Trucks also will be on hand.

Spectator gates open at 4 p.m. General admission is $19 for adults and $15 for senior citizens/ military personnel/children 6-12. Children five and under are free.

Woods will host a NASCAR Winston West party at the Orleans Hotel and Casino Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. The No. 7 CNWB Racing Cybercredit.com Dodge will be on display along with two live bands: Jimmy Steiger's Blues Connection and local Tommy Rocker. A Budweiser girl also will be on hand.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Gene Woods , Greg Pursley