Keeping Pace

Pursley Looks To Bounce Back After Tough Iowa Outing

Greg Pursley drives for Gene Price on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. (Photo courtesy of D. Shannon)
Greg Pursley drives for Gene Price on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. (Photo courtesy of D. Shannon)

Greg Pursley rode into Iowa Speedway atop the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West driver standings but an early race incident dropped the California native out of the lead and puts added pressure on his Gene Price Motorsports team heading to this week's stop in Roseburg, Oregon.

Courtesy: D. Shannon/Gene Price Motorsports Media Relations

PARKER, AZ (June 3, 2010) Greg Pursley, driver of the GPM Performance Parts Ford in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series for Gene Price Motorsports, knows how to get around a short track. The former NASCAR National Weekly Racing Series champion is solely focused on winning Saturday night at Douglas County Speedway in Roseburg, OR.

DCS is a challenging track where the winner often comes out of the front row. Four out of the last five races have been won from the pole on a circuit where track position is key and passing is difficult.

Pursley has two starts at DCS and both have resulted in top ten finishes including an 8th place performance last season. The challenging 3/8-mile paved paved oval favors the inside line making the double file restarts in the NKNPS an interesting proposition. The past several races have had numerous caution periods setting up exciting finishes with each restart as drivers vie for the coveted inside groove.

GPM is led by crew chief Jerry Pitts, who joined the team this year after many successful years in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and brings the technical expertise to get the team to victory lane. "Jerry adds a lot of depth to this team," Pursley said. "The Gene Price Motorsports team has a lot of depth with champion drivers and crew members on the roster. We have really good equipment and Gene has provided the resources to win."

While racing is always about one race at a time, the race this Saturday at DCS becomes the most important race of the year as the team positions itself for a title run. "Each race is important," Gene Price offered. "We want to win them all but realistically we need to finish and finish well each time out."

Greg Pursley is in his third full season of competition in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and currently sits third in the championship standings after three races.  Pursley has 32 career starts, one win (Thunder Hill 2009), with ten top five and 17 top ten performances along with two Coors Light Pole Awards. Pursley is the 2004 NASCAR Whelen All American Series National Champion where he competed at Toyota Speedway and was a multi-time winner on the now defunct NASCAR Southwest Tour where he competed for many years.
 
Greg Pursley drives a Ford powered by a NASCAR Spec engine. The team is sponsored by GPM Performance Parts, Star Nursery, Oakley, Ron’s Rear Ends, and Finish Line Signs & Designs. The GPM team operates out of a state-of-the-art facility in Parker, AZ. The race from Douglas County Speedway will be broadcast on SPEED Channel on Thursday, June 17 at 3PM PT. For all the latest news and information on about Greg Pursley and Gene Price Motorsports, log onto www.genepricemotorsports.com. Gene Price Motorsports operates a full-service race shop and performance parts store spanning all forms of motorsports and performance automotive & marine needs.  To keep tabs on racing throughout the west, log onto www.racingwest.com and to follow the NASCAR K&N Pro Series log onto www.nascarhometracks.com.

GPM offers a first-class race rental program for all upcoming NASCAR K&N Pro Series events this season. This arrive and drive program offers a complete fully-operational team for a one-race or multi-race deal including a Featherlite transporter, all race equipment, experienced crew, and race preparation and set-up. The GPM team will also provide marketing and PR support as well create media opportunities. Contact GPM for complete details.

Race Notes
The race … The Toyota / NAPA Auto Parts Bonus Challenge 150 is the fourth event of a 12-race schedule this season for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
The procedure … The starting field is 18 cars, including provisionals. The first 14 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps (56.25 miles).
The track … Douglas County Speedway is a .375-mile paved oval with 11 degrees banking in the corners. The track – located just off Interstate 5 on the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Roseburg, Ore. – hosted four races between 1966 and 1971, when it was a quarter-mile oval. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series has made eight visits to the track since it was renovated and expanded in 2001.
The records … Qualifying: Eric Holmes, July 11, 2008, 90.168 mph, 14.972 seconds; Race: Brian Ickler, June 30, 2007, 65.768 mph, 51 minutes 19 seconds.
Special autograph session … A special autograph session with some of the K&N Pro Series West drivers is set for Elmer’s restaurant in Roseburg from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 4.
 
Fast Facts
The Race: Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts Bonus Challenge 150
The Place: Douglas County Speedway, Roseburg, Ore.
The Date: Saturday, June 5
The Time: 8:30 p.m. PT
TV Schedule: SPEED, June 17, 3 p.m. PT
Track Layout: .375-mile paved
Race Purse: $106,061
2009 Winner: Eric Holmes
2009 Pole: Eric Holmes
Schedule: Saturday: Practice 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., 12:45-1:30 p.m. Time Trials 4:30 p.m.




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