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FINAL PRACTICE: Pursley Tops Again

Two-Time PIR Winner Off To Fast Start
By Kevin W. Green, NASCAR
March 1, 2013 - 1:09pm

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Two-time Phoenix International Raceway winner Greg Pursley is off to a quick start in 2013.

The 2011 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion has had the fastest car on the track in both practice sessions. In Friday’s final practice, Pursley – a resident of Parker, Ariz. – registered a lap time of 27.101 seconds for an average speed of 132.836 mph on the one-mile oval that he considers to be his home track.

PRACTICE: Richards Picks Right Back Up

Veteran Tops Charts In Historic Phoenix Event
By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR
February 28, 2013 - 11:16pm

AVONDALE, Ariz. – Homero Richards topped the charts for NASCAR Toyota Series practice for the Toyota 120 on Thursday at Phoenix International Raceway.

Richards, out of Mexico City, recorded a speed of 123.822 mph in final practice for the historic race on the one-mile oval. He is picking up right where he left off after winning the 2012 season finale at Mexico City last November to garner a second-place finish in the championship point standings. Richards has won seven races over the last two seasons.

A Season Of Change For Toyota Series

New Track, New Championship Format For Mexican Series
By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR
February 28, 2013 - 2:02pm

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – If “change is the law of life” as President John Kennedy once said, then the NASCAR Toyota Series is toeing the line in 2013.

From where the season starts to how it ends to where some of the top drivers call home are notable changes as a new season dawns for the Mexico-based series.

VIDEO: Scenes From Daytona

A Look Back At The UNOH Battle At The Beach

February 27, 2013 - 1:54pm

Again this season, NASCAR Home Tracks will feature a video recap of select events.

"Scenes From Daytona" is a look back at the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach held Feb. 18-19 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

K&N West Statistical Advance: Phoenix

Analyzing The Talking Stick Resort 60 At Phoenix Int'l Raceway
By Kevin W. Green, NASCAR
February 26, 2013 - 2:44pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West kicks off its 2013 season at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, March 2. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of the series and selected drivers at Phoenix, as well as some other statistical trends:

Phoenix Race Setup
• This marks the start of the 60th season for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. The 15-race schedule winds up back at Phoenix International Raceway on Nov. 9.

K&N Pro Series West News & Notes: Phoenix

Hayley Heads To PIR After Getting Early Boost To 2013 Season
By Travis Barrett
February 25, 2013 - 3:26pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Cameron Hayley spent most of the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season wondering if the pressure was starting to get to him.

As a member of NASCAR's Next9 program – highlighting rising stars climbing the NASCAR national ranks – Hayley's season was highlighted by just five top-5 finishes in 15 races. With other Next9 drivers like Corey LaJoie, Dylan Kwasniewski and Kyle Larson winning races and championships, Hayley wasn't sure he belonged in such accomplished company.

Florida Tracks: Then And Now With NASCAR

New Smyrna's World Series Opens New Chapter
By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR
February 22, 2013 - 10:05am

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A new chapter in NASCAR and central Florida racing history opened this week. New Smyrna Speedway’s 47th annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing is NASCAR-sanctioned as part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for the first time.

The half-mile high-banked paved oval in Samsula, Fla., and its sister track, Orlando (Fla.) Speedworld, joined the NASCAR family last month.

Prospect Review: UNOH Battle At The Beach

David Smith Breaks Down Daytona Impact
By David Smith, Special To NASCARHomeTracks.com
February 20, 2013 - 4:13pm

With the inaugural UNOH Battle at the Beach wrapped and the trophies heading to their respective destinations, some ample analysis is due for some of the event’s more notable NASCAR Sprint Cup Series prospects.

While one race doesn’t and shouldn’t dictate a career, it does provide us an opportunity to glance at some of the offerings these budding prospects of NASCAR’s regional and weekly series currently possess.

Hayley Surges To K&N Win At UNOH Battle

With New Team; Teenager Gets First Series Victory
By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR
February 20, 2013 - 1:32am
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Starting anew is rare for teenagers, but it paid off for Cameron Hayley.

Hayley, a 16-year-old out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, battled back from an earlier incident and banged fenders with Gray Gaulding in a drag race to the checkered flag to win the NASCAR K&N Pro Series race at the UNOH Battle At The Beach on Tuesday night at Daytona International Speedway.

It was the first race with Gene Price Motorsports for Hayley, who picked up his first NASCAR victory and led just one lap on the night – the all-important final one.

Park Takes Modified Battle Win

First Tour Win Since ’96 For Veteran
By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR
February 19, 2013 - 11:04pm
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A NASCAR veteran added another trophy to his mantle with a thrilling victory.

Steve Park picked up a hard-fought win in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race in the UNOH Battle At The Beach on Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway after sending race leader Mike Stefanik spinning heading into Turn 2 of the white-flag lap of a green-white-checkered finish.

NOTEBOOK: GPM Takes Big Step Forward

Whelen Modified Drivers Talk About Daytona's Short Track Layout
By Travis Barrett, Special To NASCAR Home Tracks
February 19, 2013 - 11:00pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Gene Price Motorsports won each of the last two NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championships, but the team owner of the same name still felt this offseason like there was a lot more to do.

QUALIFYING: Pursley, Thorn Claim Heat Wins

Coin Toss Win Goes To Former West Champ
By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR
February 19, 2013 - 7:39pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Greg Pursley and Derek Thorn won the two NASCAR K&N Pro Series qualifying heat races for the UNOH Battle At The Beach on Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway.

QUALIFYING: Larson, Szegedy Win Heats

Mod Tour Regular Wins Coin Toss For Inside Position
By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR
February 19, 2013 - 7:02pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Kyle Larson and Todd Szegedy won the two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour qualifying heat races for the UNOH Battle At The Beach on Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway.

Larson Charges To Late Model Battle Win

Pass Of Falk In Final Turn Provides The Difference
By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR
February 18, 2013 - 10:40pm
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Kyle Larson continued his siege on NASCAR by winning the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model portion of the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach on Monday evening at Daytona International Speedway.

The reigning NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion out of Elk Grove, Calif., swapped the lead with C.E. Falk three times over the final 10 laps after starting the race from the second position. On the final lap coming out of Turn 4 of the .4-mile oval Larson made contact with Falk, the race leader, and powered to the victory.

NOTEBOOK: Same Story, Different Results

Larson, Falk Battle It Out At Daytona
By Travis Barrett, Special To NASCAR Home Tracks
February 18, 2013 - 10:30pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It's not often that drivers agree on the particulars of a controversial ending to a race, but that's exactly what happened at Daytona International Speedway on Monday night.

To wit: C.E. Falk III, who was leading the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series portion of the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach with less than a quarter of a lap around the .4-mile backstretch oval, said that Kyle Larson hit him multiple times off the final corner to win the Late Model 150.