LAS VEGAS - Greg Pursley won tonight's O'ReillyAuto Parts 200 for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Newhall, Calif. driver completely dominated the event. In qualifying for the 200-lap NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race, he set a new track record and won the pole position with a blistering lap of 14.976 sec. Starting from the pole position, he led every lap and claimed the win -- his fourth in five races this season. Tonight's O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 marked the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West's first visit to the Bullring since 2003.
Pursley jumped into the lead on the opening green flag, followed closely by teammate and Las Vegas native Dylan Kwasniewski and Michael Self. Stan Silva of Castroville, Calif. brought out the first caution flag of the race, on lap 17, when he spun alone in Turn 4. Robbie Brand brought out the second caution flag on lap 35 when his right-front tire went flat. Pursley held the lead on the double-file restart, followed by Eric Holmes and Kwasniewski. One lap later, Kwasniewski shuffled Homes back to third just as Justin Philpott spun in Turn 2, slowing the pace once again. The race restarted on lap 50 and Kwasniewski again battled Holmes for second place. Holmes was dogging Pursley as they negotiated lapped traffic when the caution flag flew on lap 81 when the car of Moses Smith went up in smoke. On lap 110 the lead pair of Pursley and Kwasniewski began to pull away from the pack as Holmes now had his hands full with Jason Fensler in the Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall Chevrolet. Holmes then pitted under caution on lap 115 but Pursley, Kwasniewski and Fensler stayed out. The first crash of the race occurred on the front chute when Fensler crashed with David Mayhew and Las Vegas' Spencer Gallagher. Kwasniewski slid high in Turn 2 on lap 130 while trying to hold off Michael Self for second place and lost several positions. He managed to battle his way back up to third place within a handful of laps. Meanwhile, Pursley began to pull away from Self. With 50 to go, the lead trio of Pursley, Self and Kwasniewski had distanced themselves from the rest of the pack. The caution flag once again bunched up the field on lap 154 when Derek Thorn spun in Turn 4, erasing Pursley's margin of comfort. The race restarted on lap 162. As Pursley motored away, Fensler mucled his car under Kwasniewski and grabbed third place. Kwasniewski took the position back and drove to the inside of Self on lap 174 to take second place. In the closing laps, Pursley cruised away from his competition -- almost making it look easy as he threaded his way past lapped cars. Kwasniewski and Fensler could only hope for a mistake or a mishap. Pursley took the checkered flag, followed by Kwasniewski, Fensler, Self and Brennan Newberry.
The 40-lap NASCAR Super Late Model served up a thrilling performance filled with three-wide racing. Bear Rzesnowiecky took the lead and went on to win his first Bullring feature of 2011. Scott Gafforini finished second and Jay Beasley was third. David Anderson and Steve Anderson completed the top five.
The 25-lap NASCAR Charger feature was won by James Wingard. The feature finish was shuffled by a third-lap crash involving frontrunners Mario Opipari, Don Sargent and Matt Cunningham. Haley Lager, James Wingard and Patrick O'Hanley staged a spirited mid-race battle for the lead. Wingard grabbed the lead and left Lager to skirmish with Cunningham and O'Hanley. Wingard went on to win his first Bullring Charger feature of the 201 season. Lager held off Sargent's battle-scarred Camaro for second place. Charger heat races were won by Sargent and O'Hanley.
Pete Meyer won the NASCAR Bomber feature. "Big Jim" Sherard finished second and Dallas Simonette was third. Bomber heat races were won by Larry "The Torch" Dittman, Simonette and Sherard.
The 12-lap Bandolero Bandits feature was won by Matt Emery. Chris Trickle finished second and Caden Carlin was third. The win was Emery's first of the 2011 season.
The 12-lap Bandolero Outlaw feature was awarded to Kayli Barker after the car of apparent winner Vincent Raucci Jr. was disqualified for failing to pass post-race technical inspection. Austin Morris was second and John Spilotro was third.third.
Grand Marshall: Jaime Hernandez, district manager for O'Reilly Auto Parts. Honorary Starter: John Spence, district manager for O'Reilly Auto Parts. O'Reilly Auto Parts is the official auto parts store of Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Victory lane interviews: Hannah Rickards, Mix 94.1 FM. National anthem: Paul Villaluz.
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12-lap USLCI Bandolero Bandit feature: 1. Matt Emery, 2. Chris Trickle, 3. Caden Carlin, 4. Austin Toddy, 5. Gianna Maretti, 6. Dezel West, 7. Erika Thigpen, 8. Cheyenne McCourt, 9. Mason Sargent, 10. Tommy Trickle, 11. Sam Jacks, 12. Kyle Jacks.
12-lap USLCI Bandolero Outlaw feature: 1. Kayli Barker, 2. Austin Morris, 3. John Spilotro, 4. Wyatt Harwood, 5. Patrick Camburn, Vincent Raucci Jr. (disqualified).
25-lap USLCI Legend Cars feature: 1. Justin Irwin, 2. Michael Abbate, 3. Jason Irwin, 4. Josh Fultz, 5. Kyle Niquette, 6. Nick Thigpen, 7. Andrew Muscanell, 8. Christian Warren, 9. Dylan Cruz, 10. Nick Halen, 11. Robby Guevera, 12. Brandon Snow, 13. Michael Todd Glazier, 14. Scot Rhoden, 15. Nikky Saxon, 16. Frank McCourt, 17. Fletch Hammond, 18. Devin Mack, 19. Zach Stepke, 20. Jim Galza, 21. Donna Gunther, 22. Greg Schindler, 23. Jeffrey King, 24. Wayne Jacks, 25. Ian Anderson.
25-lap NASCAR Charger feature: 1. James Wingard, 2. Haley Lager, 3. Don Sargent, 4. Patrick O'Hanley, 5. Jim Petrie, 6. Matt Cunningham, 7. Chuck Burgess, 8. Mike McKearn, 9. Danny Guernsey, 10. Kolleen Dresser, 11. James Lauk, 12. Mario Opipari, 13. Jerry Gentry, 14. Houston Simonette.
15-lap NASCAR Bomber feature: 1. Pete Meyer, 2. "Big Jim" (Ben) Sherard, 3. Dallas Simonette, 4. Jason Kiser, 5. Josh Morgan, 6. Nathan Boss, 7. Bret Empey, 8. Scott Castle, 9. Michael Takami, 10. Gerry Dittman, 11. Jim Merlino, 12. Harold Sherard, 13. Jason Sullins, 14. Gerri Pearson, 15. Anthony Reigert, 16. Cayla Bronson, 17. Justin Griffiths, 18. Judy Rowe, 19. Martin Sullins, 20. Wade Pearson, 21. Steve Borkowski, 22. Larry "The Torch" Dittman.
40-lap NASCAR Super Late Model feature: 1. Bear Rzesnowiecky, 2. Scott Gafforini, 3. Jay Beasley, 4. David Anderson, 5. Steve Anderson, 6. Glen Burke, 7. Robert Ewing, 8. Dennis Rock Jr., 9. Stan Mullis, 10. John Spilotro, 11. Aaron McMorranm, 12. Cole Cabrera, 13. Chris Birdsong.
O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 (NASCAR K&N Pro Series West): 1. Greg Pursley (Newhall, Calif.), 2. Dylan Kwasniewski (Las Vegas), 3. Jason Fensler (Wilton, Calif.), 4. Michael Self (Park City, Utah), 5. Brennan Newberry (Bakersfield, Calif.), 6. Daryl Harr (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), 7. Luis Martinez Jr">Luis Martinez Jr. (Long Beach, Calif.), 8. Justin Funkhouser (Paradise, Calif.), 9. Greg Rayl (Roseville, Calif.), 10. Stan Silva Jr. (Castroville, Calif.), 11. Taylor Cuzik (Tolleson, Ariz.), 12. Brett Thompson (Jerome, Idaho), 13. Ryan Philpott (Tracy, Calif.), 14. Carl Harr (Edmonton, Alberta, Calif.), 15. Jeff Oleen (Bethesda, Md.), 16. Jessica Brunelli (Hayward, Calif.), 17. Travis Milburn (Eagle, Idaho), 18. Jack Sellers (Sacramento, Calif.), 19. Brady Flaherty (Wilton, Calif.), 20. Moses Smith (Tempe, Ariz.), 21. Johnny Borneman (Ramona, Calif.), 22. Eric Holmes (Escalon, Calif.), 23. David Mayhew (Atascadero, Calif.), 24. Spencer Gallagher (Las Vegas), 25. Jonathon Gomez (Twin Falls, Idaho), 26. Robbie Brand (Barstow, Calif.), 27. Justin Philpott (Tracy, Calif.).
SCOREBOARD: 2011 Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway feature winners to date
NASCAR Super Late Models
Scott Gafforini -- 2 (April 16, May 28)
Dylan Kwasniewski -- 2 (April 2, April 30)
Cole Cabrera (March 19 -- first 40-lap feature)
Robert Ewing (March 19 -- second 40-lap feature)
Bear Rzesnowiecky (June 11)
David Anderson (May 14)
Alex Haase (May 28)
Vinny Raucci -- 2 (March 19, April 2)
Patrick O'Hanley -- 2 (April 16, May 28)
Hayley Lager (April 30)
James Wingard (June 11)
Pete Meyer -- 4 (March 19, May 14, May 28, June 11)
Wade Pearson -- 2 (April 2, April 16)
USLCI Legend Cars
Justin Irwin -- 4 (April 2, May 14, May 28, June 11)
Kyle Weatherman -- 2 (March 19, April 30)
C.J. Hulsey -- 2 (April 16, May 14)
USLCI Semi-Pro/Young Lions
C.J. Hulsey -- 2 (March 19, April 30)
Clayton Weatherman (April 2)
Travis Boyle -- 3 (March 19, May 14, May 28)
Chris Clyne (April 2)
Robert D'Ambra (April 30)
USLCI Bandolero Bandits
Chris Trickle -- 4 (March 19, April 2, April 16, May 14)
Caden Carlin -- 2 (April 30, May 28)
Matt Emery (June 11)
USLCI Bandolero Outlaws
Kayli Barker -- 4 (April 30, May 14, May 28, June 11)
Austin Morris -- 3 (March 19, April 2, April 16)
Lucas Oil Modified Series
Jim Mardis (May 14 -- 75 laps)
SRL Late Models
M.K. Kanke (April 2 -- 111 laps)
Jacob Gomes (May 14 -- 121 laps)
USAC Focus Midgets
Jessica Clark (April 16, 30 laps)
USAC Young Gun
Trevor Hunt -- 2 (April 16, 20 laps; May 28, 20 laps)
Baby Grand Nationals
Cameron Hayley (April 30)
NASCAR K&N West Series
Greg Pursley (June 11)