Greg Pursley overcame a mistake in the pits during last year's event to score his first of two wins in 2010 in the No. 26 GPM Performance Parts/Star Nursery Ford.
"Pursley radioed to his crew on the final lap that he thought he also had a tire going down, but was able to nurse it across the line .650 seconds ahead of Eric Curran."
Pursley charged into the initial lead from third on the grid and remained out front for the first 10 laps before green-flag pit stops began. During his stop, however, Pursley left his pit stall with the gas catch can still attached and had to come back down pit road on the subsequent lap. The miscue put him back to 17th.
He made his way back up to third on Lap 33 and was ready to challenge Paulie Harraka for second. They were both more than five seconds behind race leader Patrick Long, who slowed suddenly with a flat tire. After overtaking Long, Pursley then went by Harraka several turns later. Pursley radioed to his crew on the final lap that he thought he also had a tire going down, but was able to nurse it across the line .650 seconds ahead of Eric Curran.
Curran, a regular in the Grand Am Series who was making just his second start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, also had to overcome problems at MMP. He had to drop to the back of the pack for the start of the race due to an engine change after practice and then during the race had pit to change flat right rear tire.
Harraka held on for third, while Moses Smith took fourth and Kyle Kelley finished fifth to register his first career series top five. Long, the defending race winner who won the Coors Light Pole Award with a record lap earlier in the day, wound up 22nd.