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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Gray Gaulding set two records while winning the pole in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West qualifying on Saturday for the NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Kern County Raceway Park.
Gaulding established the track record at 100.514 mph (17.908 seconds) in winning the 21 Means 21 Pole Award by Coors Brewing Co., for the inaugural series event on the high-banked, half-mile track.
The Colonial Heights, Va., driver also set the record as the youngest pole winner in the series, at 15 years eight months 16 days - to go with the same record he holds in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
Derek Thorn, who leads the championship standings, was second quickest at 99.872 mph (18.023 seconds). Greg Pursley was third fastest, followed by David Mayhew and Cameron Hayley. Eric Holmes, Michael Self, Chase Briscoe, Taylor Cuzick and Dallas Montes complete the top 10 from qualifying.
The NASCAR Auto Parts 150 is set to get the green flag at 7:35 p.m. PT on Saturday.