Greg Pursley, making his return as a full-time driver in the NASCAR Camping World Series West after a seven-year absence, won the race at Thunderhill Raceway in Kyle, Texas, Saturday night.
Pursley led only one lap, and it came on a green-white-checkered flag ending to the race. Pursley was in third place, behind Mike David and Eric Holmes, on the last restart of the race. David spun out on the white flag lap. Holmes got caught up in David's spin and Pursley was able to pass both drivers to win the race.
“You know what happens on a green-white-checkered,” said Pursley, driving the No. 26 Chevrolet for Gene Price Motorsports. “Mike David and Eric Holmes were running each other really, really hard. He (David) got into Turn 1 pretty hard and got up on Eric Holmes and I got under him. He turned down on me. That was it. It definitely wasn’t intentional. Me and Mike are good friends. We’ve always raced clean together. Hopefully, he’ll get over it after a while.”
It was Pursley's 17th career West Series start. The last time he was a full-time driver in the West Series was in 2002. He has made a handful of starts in the West Series since that 2002 season, but has not raced a full West Series schedule in seven years.
He won the 2004 NASCAR Weekly Racing Series national championship while racing in the NASCAR Super Late Model division at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale.
“I’m definitely happy,” Pursley said after the race at Thunderhill. “We’ve got a great bunch of guys here and a great team. Racing is a lot of fun in this series.”
The next West Series race is at All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif., on April 4.