Saturday night at Stockton 99 Speedway David Mayhew picked up his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win since 2012. Mayhew, who did not run the full West Series schedule in 2013 as he instead competed the full NASCAR Whelen All-American Late Model Series slate at Kern County Speedway and won that championship, found victory lane for the fifth time in his K&N Pro Series West career.
Mayhew started the Stockton 150 from the pole and led the first nine laps until Greg Pursley passed him on lap 10. Pursley would show the way until Mayhew passed him back for the top spot on lap 53 after a restart for a caution for a spin by Jessica Brunelli. Mayhew then held the lead all the way to the finish at lap 150 although he had to survive three more restarts to hold off Pursley for the win. Pursley finished 0.367 seconds behind in second.
“It was a great battle with Greg, but it started with qualifying. The guys gave me an awesome car to qualify up front,” said Mayhew. “The whole team gave me what we needed to win tonight. Greg is a first-class racer. You know you’re safe running next to him. We’re going to beat and bang, but you know it’s going to be a good straight-up battle at the end.”
Giles Thornton, in his 17th start, turned in a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West career best finish in third place. Brandon McReynolds finished fourth and Thomas Martin, in his 19th series start, finished his best ever in fifth. Dylan Lupton fished sixth, Taylor Cuzick seventh, Anthony Giannone eighth, Tyler Monroe was the highest finishing rookie in ninth, and another rookie James Brickford rounded out the top 10.
After three races in the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season Greg Pursley holds the points lead by nine markers over Brandon McReynolds. Giles Thornton is 10 points back in third, Dylan Lupton is 11 points back in fourth, and David Mayhew is 16 points back in fifth.
The next race up for the series is the combination race with the K&N Pro Series East at Iowa Speedway. The Casey's General Store 150 is slated for May 17th.Tags: Brandon McReynolds, David Mayhew, Dylan Lupton, Giles Thornton, Greg Pursley, K&N Pro Series West, Motorsports, NASCAR, Taylor Cuzick, Thomas Martin