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Bakersfield 150 Preview: Pursley Hoping to Maintain Perfect Streak at Kern County

Bakersfield 150 Preview: Pursley Hoping to Maintain Perfect Streak at Kern County

by August 30, 2014 0 comments

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West makes its return to the Kern County Raceway Park for tonight’s Bakersfield 150 – the 11th race of the K&N West season.

The K&N Pro Series West has only made two trips to the half-mile asphalt oval in the San Joaquin Valley in its history and in two races held at the track there has been a recurring theme taking place during these races – when the series races in Bakersfield, Greg Pursley wins.

Pursley – the current series points leader – has been perfect at Kern County with two dominant performances coming at the track last October and in May earlier this year. The driver of the No. 26 Ford for Gene Price Motorsports led 90 of the 150 completed laps last October and 120 of the 150 completed laps earlier this year on his way to both of his Bakersfield victories.

Championship contender David Mayhew has also had strong results at Bakersfield. Mayhew was the only other driver in the field of the May race to lead other than Pursley and would ultimately finish third in that race. The driver of the No. 17 Chevrolet for Steve McGowan Motorsports also has a fourth-place finish in Bakersfield to his credit from last year.

The runner-up from May, Dylan Lupton, will be looking to finish one position higher in tonight’s 150-lapper and is coming off of a solid third-place finish in Evergreen to build off of in terms of momentum. The 20-year-old Lupton is one of five drivers entered for tonight’s race who have competed in both previous Pro Series West races in Bakersfield. Lupton finished seventh last year before his second-place run from earlier in the year.

Jesse Little will make his return to the K&N Pro Series West in tonight’s race in the No. 97 NASCAR Technical Institute Chevrolet. Little will make his third career start in the series and his second at Bakersfield tonight. The Sherrills Ford, North Carolina native finished fifth in his Bakersfield debut earlier in the year.

As Pursley has proven with his two wins, the front has been the place to be to win at this half-mile track in Kern County, California. With only two races having taken place at the track, however, anything could happen in the series’ third visit to the track.

Despite there only being 18 entrants for tonight’s race, the talent in the field entered will – as usual – be sure to put on a tremendous showing in the Bakersfield 150. The action gets underway at the track at 8:35 p.m PST/11:35 p.m EST.

Entry List for the Bakersfield 150

  1. 5 – Thomas Martin – Chevrolet – Charlie Silva
  2. 6 – James Bickford# – Ford – Robert Bruncati
  3. 9 – Dylan Lupton – Ford – Robert Bruncati
  4. 11 – Jack Sellers – Chevrolet – Jack Sellers
  5. 14 – Rich Delong Jr. – Chevrolet – Bob Wood
  6. 15 – Justin Funkhouser – Chevrolet – Jack Sellers
  7. 16 – Brandon McReynolds – Toyota – Mike Curb
  8. 17 – David Mayhew – Chevrolet – Steve McGowan
  9. 26 – Greg Pursley – Ford – Gene Price
  10. 30 – John Wood – Toyota – Nicklaus Sommer
  11. 36 – J.A. Junior# – Toyota – Kevin McCarty
  12. 38 – Zack Huffman# – Chevrolet – Mike Holleran
  13. 42 – Taylor Cuzick – Ford – Danny Cuzick
  14. 51 – Carlos Vieira – Chevrolet – Carlos Vieira
  15. 83 – Kelly Admiraal – Chevrolet – Menno Admiraal
  16. 84 – Rich Delong III# – Chevrolet – Richard Delong
  17. 88 – Jeremy Doss# – Chevrolet – Mike Naake
  18. 97 – Jesse Little – Chevrolet – Jason Little

# = Rookie

Kyle Pokrefky
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