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PRACTICE: Pursley Tops Battle Charts

K&N West GPM Teammates Fast Out Of The Gate
By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR
February 18, 2013 - 4:06pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Greg Pursley and Cameron Hayley – Gene Price Motorsports teammates –  journeyed from their Arizona headquarters to Florida and led NASCAR K&N Pro Series practice for the UNOH Battle At The Beach on Monday at Daytona International Speedway.

Pursley, who hails from Newhall, Calif., registered a time of 19.735 seconds for an average speed of 72.967 mph on the .4-mile oval on the backstretch at DIS. Hayley, the 16-year-old out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, had the second-fastest car on the track with a time of 19.840 seconds (72.581 mph).

Derek Thorn finished third on the charts with a 19.899-second lap (72.365 mph) followed by Corey LaJoie at 19.925 seconds (72.271 mph) in fourth and Ben Kennedy at 20.012 seconds (71.957 mph). 

Kennedy, a K&N Pro Series East regular and son of NASCAR Vice Chairwoman/Executive Vice President Lesa Kennedy and great-grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., is competing at the facility his family built for the first time.

David Mayhew, Bryan Ortiz, Cale Conley, Gray Gaulding and reigning K&N Pro Series West champion Dylan Kwasniewski rounded out the top 10.

The K&N Pro Series will return to the track on Tuesday for a pair of practice sessions before its two qualifying races later in the day. The feature is set to get underway at 8:30 p.m. ET following the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event. SPEED and MRN will carry the action beginning at 7 p.m. and will have supplemental coverage throughout the day.