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Greg Pursley Caps Off Winning Career on a High Note

Greg Pursley Caps Off Winning Career on a High Note

by November 7, 2014 0 comments

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AVONDALE, Ariz. — Thursday night’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship celebration for Greg Pursley had a bittersweet undertone to it for the 46-year-old from Newhall, California.

The now two-time series champion announced that he will not return to the series in 2015 to defend his championship.

Pursley will leave behind a 10-year legacy in the K&N Pro Series West with 20 wins, 58 top-fives, 75 top-10s, and 20 pole awards in a career that spanned across 99 starts in the series.

“Everything went great,” Pursley said following his ninth-place result in Thursday night’s Casino Arizona 100. “Guys on the Gene Price Motorsports team did another awesome job, I couldn’t be happier with them. They’ve given me unbelievable cars for the last five years. Jerry Pitts, my crew chief, has been an awesome leader in this whole team deal. I’ve had all of my same guys since we started Gene Price Motorsports.

“It’s kind of bittersweet to go away here, we’re a champion and to think about that I’m not going to come back again with Gene Price Motorsports and my race team.”

When asked if he was stepping completely away from racing or if he was moving on to the next chapter of his racing career after last night’s race at Phoenix, Pursley stated that he sees himself as being retired.

The driver of the No. 26 Gene Price Motorsports Chevrolet says that the K&N Pro Series has evolved into a more youth-oriented series. If he was to return to NASCAR next season, the veteran would not be content with a ride that was not capable of winning week in and week out – Pursley obtained two wins in the 2014 season, tying his lowest total since 2010.

“I think, as of right now, I’m retired,” he said. “I’m 46 years old, I’ve been doing this a long time. I’m happy where I was. I got to drive Trucks a few times – ran up front in the Trucks, we had a great time doing that.

“Unfortunately, nowadays it’s young kids – not too many teams are looking at 46-year-old drivers. If it doesn’t happen, I’m happy to be able to go out of here as a champion on top. Ever since I’ve started racing, I’m not the type of person that’s going to go out there and ride around just to race. I’m very happy to go out as the champion on top.”

Not that he has any beef with the up-and-coming youngsters in the series. Pursley stated that he believes the K&N Pro Series in both the East and West divisions is in good hands with the influx of young talent entering the series.

Pursley pointed to second-place finisher in the standings – 20-year-old Dylan Lupton – as an example of a rising star in the series.

“It’s been a long, fun season,” he said. “As you can see, by the race tonight, we have a lot of young up-and-coming great drivers that are going to be really good, and he’s [Lupton] one of them, he’s one of the Next drivers.

“It’s been a lot of fun racing these kids. The more seat time they get, the better they get. I’ve tried my best to help them out. I’ve gave them advice [when] they’ve come to me. I’m going to miss all of them too and to be able to race these kids and race them side-by-side, especially for the championship, that’s a pretty cool deal to have.

“The K&N Series is pretty strong right now in both the East and the West. Like I said, there’s a lot of young kids out there, lot of young talent, that’s coming up that you’re going to see a lot of great racing here in the future.”

Kyle Pokrefky
Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

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