Pursley Dominates In Portland Victory

PORTLAND, Ore. – Greg Pursley was the class of the field in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West NAPA Auto Parts Salute To The Troops 125 on Sunday at Portland International Raceway.

The driver of the No. 26 GPM/Star Nursery/Real Water Ford – hailing from Newhall, Calif. – started from the pole position and led all 63 laps en route to his fourth win of the season and the 13th of his series career. It was the first wire-to-wire victory in the series since Dylan Kwasniewski accomplished the feat on May 5 at Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway. Pursley last went the distance on June 11, 2011 at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

1 Greg Pursley
2 Michael Self
3 Eric Holmes
4 Dylan Kwasniewski
5 Derek Thorn

Michael Self, who battled a stomach ailment all weekend, finished second while three-time series champion Eric Holmes crossed the line in third. Kwasniewski battled to a fourth-place finish after starting 11th on the grid. Derek Thorn started from the rear of the field due to an unapproved change to his car after qualifying and came home in fifth.

David Mayhew, Brian Wong, Dale Quarterley, Jim Inglebright and Austin Dyne rounded out the top-10 finishers. The race was slowed due to caution just four times for 15 laps.

In the point standings, Pursley extended his lead over teammate Kwasniewski to 15 points with three races remaining with Mayhew, Thorn and Holmes trailing.

The NAPA Auto Parts Salute to the Troops 125 will air on SPEED on Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. ET.

The next event on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule is at NAPA Speedway in Sandia, N.M, on Sept. 29.