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Fensler Capitalizes At All American in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series West fifth career start

Jason Fensler celebrating his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win Saturday night in the Toyota/NAPA Autocare 150 at All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif. (Photo Credit: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images for NASCAR) (Jed Jacobsohn)
Jason Fensler celebrating his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win Saturday night in the Toyota/NAPA Autocare 150 at All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif. (Photo Credit: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images for NASCAR) (Jed Jacobsohn)

It was a battle that came down to the final laps with six drivers having a shot at victory on the tricky All-America Speedway one-third mile. When the checkered flag flew Jason Fensler scored his second career victory an left the sell-out crowd stunned with the side-by-side racing.

Courtesy: NASCAR Media Relations

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Jason Fensler took advantage of a fortunate turn of events to win the Toyota/NAPA Autocare 150 Saturday night at All American Speedway in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West action.

Fensler, out of Wilton, Calif., moved from third to first on a Lap 142 restart to collect his first win of the 2011 season and the second of his series career in just five series starts. His first win came in 2008 at Altamont Raceway Park which was the part-tie competitor's last start in a K&N Pro Series West event.

Polesitter Greg Pursley, who led a race-high 133 laps, and three-time winner at All American Eric Holmes dominated much of the event, but on Lap 134 the two cars got together that allowed Moses Smith to jump into the lead. The caution flag waved again on Lap 137 when Fensler and Holmes got together. It was the ensuing restart that Fensler used to catapult himself into the lead.

Smith held on to finish second followed by Pursley, who was looking for his fourth win in his last five starts dating back to the 2010 season. A pair of Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders finished fourth and fifth -- Dylan Kwasniewski and Eric Schmidt.

Holmes, who seemed to be poised for his fourth win at the track, finished sixth followed by Luis Martinez Jr., Brett Thompson, Ryan Philpott and David Mayhew to round out the top 10.

The race was slowed for caution six times for a total of 42 laps and the race lead changed hands three times among four drivers.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West is back in action next on April 30 for its first road-course event of the year, the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah.




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