Greg Pursley and Derek Thorn win K&N Pro Series UNOH Battle of the Beach HeatsBy Ashley McCubbin
The UNOH Battle of the Beach K&N Pro Series edition would begin on Tuesday with the heats, seeing K&N West Series regulars Greg Pursley and Derek Thorn collect the victories. Pursley would win the coin toss to therefore start his heat on the inside, while Thorn’s heat group will start on the outside.
In the first heat, Pursley started on pole and never looked back, leading the entire race to take the victory. The Newhall, California native led practice earlier in the day and finished second last year in points. Cameron Hayley finished second, followed by CJ Faison, David Mayhew and Dylan Kwasniewski.
The race would feature three cautions with the first caution on lap five for UNOH Battle of the Beach NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model winner Kyle Larson being spun by Canadian Tire Series competitor Martin Roy. The second caution came out on lap 13 for Chuck Buchanan Jr. spinning by himself. The third caution would come with nine laps to go when Dalton Zehr got spun by Sergio Pena.
There would also be a wreck on the final lap after John Hunter Nemechek got into 2012 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Champion D.J. Kennington, sending him around, collecting Pena.
In the second heat, Derek Thorn would start on the pole and lead the entire 25 lap heat. Ben Kennedy would finish second. Kennedy, great-grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., is the first member of the France family to race at the legendary Daytona track. Cale Conley finished third, followed by Gray Goulding and Michael Self.
The second heat featured one caution on lap two for NASCAR Mexico Series Champion Jorge Goeters.
The feature race for the K&N Pro Series is scheduled for an approximate 8:30 p.m. start following the completion of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event. Coverage on SPEED and MRN will begin at 7 p.m. this evening.
NKNPS Daytona 2/19/13 Qualifying
QUALIFYING RACE 2
|1||6||Derek Thorn||Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Eibach||25|
|2||96||Ben Kennedy||EMCO/Mac Tools/Mechanix Wear||25|
|3||47||Cale Conley||Tait Towers||25|
|4||20||Gray Gaulding*||Krispy Kreme||25|
|5||21||Michael Self||Golden Gate Meat Co./Bay Bio Diesel||25|
|7||4||Bryan Ortiz||Putinka Vodka||25|
|8||92||Ander Vilarino*||Euro Racecar NASCAR Touring Series||25|
|9||37||Dylan Presnell||American Mountain Rentals/Amtrol||25|
|10||72||Carl Harr||West World Computers||25|
|11||2||Ryan Gifford||Sunoco/Langley Speedway||25|
|12||77||Austin Self*||AM Technical Solutions||25|
|13||0||Jorge Goeters*||NASCAR Toyota Mexico Series|
QUALIFYING RACE 1
|1||26||Greg Pursley||GPM/Star Nursery/Real Water||25|
|2||24||Cameron Hayley||Cabinets by Hayley/GPM||25|
|3||39||C J Faison||Sherwin Williams||25|
|4||17||David Mayhew||MMI Services/Ron’s Rear Ends||25|
|5||98||Dylan Kwasniewski||Rockstar Engery Drink/Royal Purple Oil||25|
|6||71||Daryl Harr||i World||25|
|7||8||John Hunter Nemechek*||AM/FM Energy||25|
|8||69||Kyle Larson||Curb Records||25|
|9||16||Sergio Pena||NAPA Auto Parts||25|
|10||90||Martin Roy*||King Auto Sport Canada||25|
|11||36||Dalton Zehr*||Whelen Engineering||25|
|12||19||Chuck Buchanan Jr.*||Spring Drug||25|
|13||28||D J Kennington||N.P.P./NAPA Know How||24|
|14||00||Tyler Reddick*||Ken Schrader Racing||21|