Greg Pursley will be going for a record third straight Phoenix win when the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West heads to Arizona this week to close out its season with the Casino Arizona 125 at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, Nov. 12.
The race, which will be televised live on SPEED, has attracted 47 entries - with drivers representing 10 states - as well as Canada, Mexico and Brazil.
Pursley, who has already clinched the 2011 series championship, could become the first series driver with three consecutive series wins at the one-mile speedway in the Valley of the Sun. A year ago he won this event while establishing a track record in qualifying. A win at PIR in this year's season opener in February, meanwhile, served as a springboard for his successful championship campaign. Pursley returns to Phoenix with an insurmountable 318-point lead in the standings. Already with six wins under his belt, another would give him seven wins in 14 events, a rare .500 season at this level of racing.
PIR has become an adopted home track to Pursley. Several years ago the Southern California native moved to Parker, Ariz. - a town along the Colorado River where the Gene Price Motorsports team is based.
"Phoenix is one of my favorite tracks," Pursley said. "I've been going there a long time, for many years running the Southwest Tour. I came close to winning a lot of races there in the tour, but never did. We started running the K&N West car there and won the last two in a row. We're really excited about going back."
This will mark the first series race at Phoenix since the track's resurfacing and reconfiguration this year. Pursley got a chance to check out the improvements during tire testing in August and is anxious to return.
"As far as the new configuration, I'm excited about going," he said. "We went down there and did the tire test for Goodyear. I'm pretty sure we came up with a really good tire package for the race. It's going to be pretty cool. I think it's going to be an all-round great venue."
3 Wes Banks, Oakdale, Calif. Valvoline Ford Jim Griffith Scott Griffith
5 Dylan Hutchison, Sacramento, Calif. * Bay Bio Diesel Chevrolet Charlie Silva John Martin
07 TBD Spectator Racing Ford Greg Rayl Dan White
9 Derek Thorn, Lakeport, Calif. * Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Eibach Ford Bob Bruncati Andy Santerre
10 Brandon Davis, Huntington Beach, Calif. * Applied Computer Solutions Toyota Erica Lindeman Bryant Frazier
13 Todd Souza, Aromas, Calif. Central Coast Cabinets Chevrolet Kelly Souza Michael Munoz
14 Travis Milburn, Eagle, Idaho Cooks Collision Toyota Bob Wood James Wood
15 Jack Sellers, Sacramento, Calif. Bay Bio Diesel Chevrolet Jack Sellers Jim Hall
18 Billy Kann, Mesa, Ariz. Interstate All Battery Center Toyota Becky Kann Jim Korneman
20 Eric Holmes, Escalon, Calif. NAPA Toyota Bill McAnally Ty Joiner
23 Spencer Gallagher, Las Vegas, Nev. * Allegiant Air Chevrolet T.J. Clark Chris Diederich
24 Cameron Hayley, Calgary, Alberta * Cabinets by Hayley Toyota Mike Curb Rob Dixon
25 Alex Bowman, Tucson, Ariz. * St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Chevrolet Bill Venturini Kevin Caldwell
26 Greg Pursley, Newhall, Calif. Jet Black Aviation/Mach One Air Ford Gene Price Jerry Pitts
27 Bobby Hillis, Phoenix, Ariz. First Impressions Press Dodge Bobby Hillis, Jr
31 Jason Bowles, Ontario, Calif. BayBioDiesel/GGRT/RCR Chevrolet Patti Offenbach
38 John Wood, Eagle, Idaho * Holleran's Performance Toyota Mike Holleran Mike Holleran
41 Jason Fraser, Snohomish, Wash. * Brokk Rentals Chevrolet Janet Fraser
50 Dylan Presnell, Sevierville, Tenn. * American Mountain Rental Toyota Kenneth Presnell Mark MacFarland
51 Carlos Vieira, Atwater, Calif. * Allied Packaging Toyota Carlos Vieira Joe Cordeiro
52 Ryan Philpott, Tracy, Calif. * 51 FIFTY Energy Drink Ford Ryan Philpott Dwayne Koski
54 Justin Philpott, Tracy, Calif. * Philpott's Garage Toyota Dave Philpott Dave Philpott
59 Jason Fensler, Wilton, Calif. * Beat Cancer/MTFX Graphics Chevrolet Terri Cass Roger Bracken
61 Brett Thompson, Jerome, Idaho Rich Thompson Trucking Chevrolet Rich Thompson Charlie Wilson
70 TBA Mancavesite.org Ford Greg Rayl
71 Daryl Harr, Edmonton, Alberta WestWorld Computers Chevrolet Carl Harr Mike Brown
74 Daniel Suarez, Monterrey, Mexico * Lucas Oil/Gear Wrench Toyota Robert Huffman Jerry Babb
75 Dylan Lupton, Wilton, Calif. * Lupton Excavation/Durocast Toyota Marty Gaunt Matt Goslant
76 Carlos Iaconelli, Sao Paulo, Brazil * Telmex/Telcel Toyota Robert Huffman Coleman Pressley
81 DJ Kennington, St. Thomas, Ontario Northern Provincial Pipelines Toyota Bill McAnally Dave Whight
88 Jessica Brunelli, Hayward, Calif. * Pick-N-Pull Chevrolet Mike Naake Eddie Taronto
89 Brian Wong, Newport Beach, Calif. World Stage Racing Toyota Darryl Wong Dave McCarty
94 Chase Elliott, Dawsonville, Ga. * Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet Bill Elliott Ricky Turner
96 Ben Kennedy, Daytona Beach, Fla. * Ben Kennedy Racing Chevrolet Robert Johnson Glenn Garrison
98 Chad Boat, Phoenix, Ariz. * Curb Records Chevrolet Mike Curb Eddie Dickerson