Christian PaHud Wins Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 in NASCAR Debut

Christian PaHud Wins Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 in NASCAR Debut

by October 12, 2014 0 comments

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ROSEVILLE, Calif. — Christian PaHud made a statement in his NASCAR debut Saturday night by taking the checkered flag in the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 at All American Speedway.

The driver of the No. 99 PEAK Toyota would successfully fend off James Bickford, Brandon McReynolds, and Greg Pursley to win the fourth race of the year for Bill McAnally Racing.

PaHud kicked his night off on the right foot by leading the field to the green flag from the pole position and he would lead the most laps of the 150-lap race with a tally of 59.

For the winner of the PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge, Saturday night’s victory was a dream come true for the 21-year-old from Daytona, Ohio.

“I don’t know what to think right now,” PaHud said in victory lane. “This is just a dream come true. Like I told everybody else, we’re not even supposed to be here. We won a competition to get here and it’s just amazing…

“This is just amazing. The biggest thing I’ve won is a limited late model race in the Southeast Tour. This is just crazy coming from nothing. Coming from having a little bit of money here and a little bit of money there to go racing when we can and coming out on top here is just amazing.

“I can’t thank all of the people that have helped me throughout the years [enough], Team Full Throttle, Dan Snyder Racing, and Ed Cox Motorsports just helping mentor me and making me what I am today.”

In the closing stages of the race, PaHud would have to fend off a hard-charging Bickford after taking the lead on Lap 127 from his Bill McAnally Racing teammate, McReynolds. PaHud made sure to not race his teammate too hard as he was aware of the battle that McReynolds sits in for the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship.

“I was trying not to run Brandon too hard because I knew he was in for a points battle,” PaHud explained. “I knew this was my one shot and I had to approve what I could. I knew once Bickford got clear, I got on the radio to Eric Holmes [spotter] and told him ‘let me know the gap and everything back if he got to us, just let me know and we’ll go from there.’ Luckily, he didn’t get to my back bumper too close and we got a lapped car that put a little bit of space in between us and we came away with the win.”

Rounding out the top-10 behind Pursley would be David Mayhew, Joey Licata, Gracin Raz, Nicole Behar, Dylan Lupton, and Michael Waltrip – who was entered in another BMR Toyota.

Nine caution flags would fly during the race and the lead would be swapped five times amongst four different leaders – PaHud, Bickford, McReynolds, and Pursley.

Pursley will take a 21-point lead in the standings over Lupton to the final race of the season at Phoenix International Raceway on November 6th.

Top-10 Finishers of the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150

  1. 99 – Christian PaHud – Toyota – Bill McAnally Racing
  2. 6 – James Bickford – Ford – Bob Bruncati Racing
  3. 16 – Brandon McReynolds – Toyota – Bill McAnally Racing
  4. 26 – Greg Pursley – Ford – Gene Price Motorsports
  5. 17 – David Mayhew – Chevrolet – Steve McGowen Motorsports
  6. 36 – Joey Licata – Toyota – Kevin McCarty
  7. 7 – Gracin Raz – Toyota – Bill McAnally Racing
  8. 33 – Nicole Behar – Toyota – Mike Behar
  9. 9 – Dylan Lupton – Ford – Bob Bruncati Racing
  10. 1 – Michael Waltrip – Toyota – Bill McAnally Racing

Top-10 in the Drivers’ Standings after Round 13 of 14

  1. Greg Pursley – 542 | Leader
  2. Dylan Lupton – 521 | -21
  3. Brandon McReynolds – 514 | -28
  4. David Mayhew – 502 | -40
  5. James Bickford – 472 | -70
  6. Thomas Martin – 431 | -111
  7. John Wood – 393 | -149
  8. Rich Delong III – 370 | -172
  9. Jack Sellers – 350 | -192
  10. Anthony Giannone – 288 | -254
Kyle Pokrefky
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