PURSLEY TAKES POLE FOR ‘3 AMIGOS 125’ AT PIR
Two-time Daytona 500 Champ Michael Waltrip Qualifies Seventh for K&N Pro Series West
Greg Pursley captured the pole and beat his own track record for the “3 Amigos Tequila 125” NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race on Thursday, Nov. 11 at Phoenix International Raceway. The race starts at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13 and is the season finale for the series and part of double-header action following PIR’s WYPALL* 200 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at 2:30 p.m.
The No. 26 finished the one-lap qualifier in 27.700 seconds, ahead of the record of 27.784 seconds he set on April 16, 2009 qualifying for the Jimmie Johnson 150.
Following today’s qualifying, the entire West Series garage moved into PIR’s interactive midway behind Turn 2 for an unprecedented West Series Garage Open House from 12-5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12 – free of charge – prior to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 150 at PIR. As part of this first-ever midway garage open house at PIR, all fans in attendance that day will have an opportunity to see K&N Pro Series West cars up close and will be able to interact with teams and drivers. All PIR patrons will also be able to take in the official pre-race inspection process, autograph sessions, driver/team Q&A’s and more. PIR Season Ticket holders will be granted early entry to the open house at 11:30 a.m.
Included in preliminary entry lists for the 3 Amigos 125 is two-time Daytona 500 Champion Michael Waltrip. Waltrip, a popular NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team owner and TV personality, retired from driving full-time following the 2009 season. He is expected to compete at PIR in a special car that will be partially sponsored by 3 Amigos Tequila.
Spectator gates will open at 9 a.m. and fans will have the opportunity to view NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying at 10:05 a.m., along with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practices at 11:30 a.m. and 12:50 p.m.
Competition on Friday, Nov. 12, will feature the Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race beginning at 6 p.m., with qualifying at 2:30 p.m. Gates will open at 10 a.m. and fans will also have the chance to watch the NASCAR Nationwide Series practices at 10 a.m. and 1:40 p.m., as well as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at 12 p.m. and qualifying at 3:45 p.m. The aforementioned K&N Pro Series West Garage Open House also takes place from 12-5 p.m. on Friday.
Tickets for the exciting Nov. 11-14 NASCAR event weekend are still available with prices starting at just $25! For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.phoenixraceway.com/tickets or call 866-408-RACE (7223) today!
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