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NASCAR K&N Pro Series West

Dacono, Colo.   Aug. 6, 2011

Editor's note: Dylan Kwasniewski of Las Vegas has won two MetroPCS NASCAR Super Late Model features in 2011 at the Bullring and currently sits sixth in the point standings.

DACONO, Colo. – One record in a day wasn’t enough for Dylan Kwasniewski, who won the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 from the pole Saturday in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West action at Colorado National Speedway.

Kwasniewski, a 16-year-old from Las Vegas, led 149 of the 152 laps in the No. 03 Rockstar/Royal Purple Ford at the .375-mile Colorado oval to become the youngest winner in the 57-year history of the K&N Pro Series West. He surpassed the mark previously held by Joey Logano, who won at Phoenix International Raceway on April 19, 2007 at age 16 years, 10 months.

Kwasniewski also became the youngest winner in the K&N Pro Series overall, surpassing the mark held by Darrell Wallace Jr. in the K&N Pro Series East at 16 years, five months. Kwasniewski is just over two months past his 16th birthday.

Earlier in the day Kwasniewski established the record for the youngest series pole winner when he surpassed the mark previously held by Spencer Clark.

Despite leading nearly the entire race, Kwasniewski was not without his challengers. Making his K&N Pro Series West debut, leading NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Alex Bowman ran with Kwasniewski the majority of the race. Bowman spun out Kwasniewski on Lap 145, however, and was penalized to the tail end for rough driving. Kwasniewski was able to blend back in behind Bowman after the spin, and regained the lead after Bowman was penalized.

Kwasniewski’s teammate at Gene Price Motorsports and season points leader Greg Pursley crossed the line second for his ninth top-five finish in the season’s 10 events. Brett Thompson, Luis Martinez Jr. and Eric Holmes brought home the top five.

Moses Smith, Chad Boat, Ben Kennedy, Bowman and Ryan Philpott rounded out the top 10.

The Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 from CNS will air on SPEED on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will return to action with the Toyota/TTC 150 at Montana Raceway Park in Kalispell, Mont., on Saturday, Aug. 13.





At Colorado National Speedway

Dacono, CO

Lap length: 0.375 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (1) Dylan Kwasniewski, Las Vegas, Nev., Ford, 152 laps, 65.875 mph.

2. (2) Greg Pursley, Newhall, Calif., Ford, 152.

3. (7) Brett Thompson, Jerome, Idaho, Chevrolet, 152.

4. (4) Luis Martinez, Jr., Long Beach, Calif., Ford, 152.

5. (9) Eric Holmes, Escalon, Calif., Toyota, 152.

6. (5) Moses Smith, Tempe, Ariz., Toyota, 152.

7. (17) Chad Boat, Phoenix, Ariz., Chevrolet, 152.

8. (10) Ben Kennedy, Daytona Beach, Fla., Chevrolet, 152.

9. (3) Alex Bowman, Tucson, Ariz., Toyota, 152.

10. (6) Ryan Philpott, Tracy, Calif., Ford, 152.

11. (13) Chris Eggleston, Erie, Colo., Chevrolet, 151.

12. (11) Daryl Harr, Edmonton, Alberta, Chevrolet, 150.

13. (8) Michael Self, Park City, Utah, Chevrolet, 150.

14. (18) Carl Harr, Edmonton, Alberta, Chevrolet, 148.

15. (15) John Wood, Eagle, Idaho, Chevrolet, 148.

16. (20) Cassie Gannis, Phoenix, Ariz., Ford, 147.

17. (19) Jack Sellers, Sacramento, Calif., Chevrolet, 138.

18. (12) Greg Rayl, Roseville, Calif., Ford, 118, engine.

19. (14) Justin Funkhouser, Paradise, Calif., Chevrolet, 100, engine.

20. (16) Ronnie Hults, Centennial, Colo., Chevrolet, 65, overheating.


Race Statistics

Time of Race: 51 minutes 55 seconds

Margin of Victory: .669 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: D.Kwasniewski * (81.863 mph, 16.491 seconds)

Caution Flags: 2 for 10 laps.

Lead Changes: 2 among 2 drivers.

Lap Leaders: D. Kwasniewski 1-144; A. Bowman 145-147; D. Kwasniewski 148-152.

Standings: 1. G. Pursley, 1720; 2. M. Smith, 1467; 3. L. Martinez,Jr., 1404; 4. E. Holmes, 1367; 5. B. Thompson, 1340; 6. M. Self, 1332; 7. D. Kwasniewski, 1274; 8. D. Harr, 1219; 9. R. Philpott, 1169; 10. D. Mayhew, 1061.