Speed51.com has confirmed with Gene Price on Thursday that he will no longer be a car owner in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West after Thursday’s season finale at Phoenix International Raceway (AZ).
Price confirmed the report on the heels of possibly winning his third title in five years as a car owner. He won the title with Greg Pursley in 2011 and in 2012 with Dylan Kwasniewski.
“It’s been a good run, but I am tired and I am going to move on,” Price told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I never retire, but my wife and I are talking about race horses now. We have a ranch about two and a half hours near Flagstaff. We will be going with one horsepower instead of 600 plus horsepower.”
Pursley came into the season finale’s Casino Arizona 100 with a 21-point lead over Dylan Lupton. He finished seventh to claim his second title.
“This will be three championships in five years and I am really proud of that,” Pursley said. “For five years, he has given us everything we wanted to win races and championships. We wouldn’t be where we are without him and couldn’t be any happier for him to let us do what we did for five years and we just have to thank him.”
Pursley started driving for Price on a limited basis in 2008 and went full-time in 2009. He has 20 victories in the K&N West Series. Dylan Kwasniewski has five West wins and Cameron Hayley had one win under the Gene Price Motorsports banner.
“It is very gratifying for me to see that,” Price said about the stats. “Those kids are like my grandkids.”
“He is not only a team owner, but he is like a dad,” Pursley said. “We will continue to hang out together, just not in racing. He has moved on to a different part of his life. He is up in his cabin in the mountains and has animals to deal with now.”
At the moment, Pursley is not sure what his future will be in racing.
“It’s up in the air for now. I am 46 and hope to come out of here with a championship.”
– Kevin Ramsell, Speed51.com Director of Business/Midwest Editor Twitter: @KevinRamsell
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