Note: This is the fourth of a series of press releases on the 2017 inductees into the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame. The 14th Annual Induction, presented by Gateway Motorsports Park, will be held June 22 at the Meritage Resort in Napa, Calif.)
PHOENIX (June 9, 2017) – Few owners have had more success than Gene Price and his Parker, Ariz.-based Gene Price Motorsports team in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. Price’s drivers accounted for three championships among six consecutive top-five points finishes between 2009 and 2014.
Greg Pursley won titles in 2011 and 2014 and Dylan Kwasniewski captured the 2013 championship – just eight points ahead of runner up Pursley. Cameron Hayley finished second to Pursley in 2014. The three drivers accounted for 26 wins and 90 top-five and 114 top-10 finishes in a combined 144 starts.
Pursley, in a 2014 interview with NASCAR Wire Service, summed up Price’s impact on the sport – and his and his fellow competitors’ careers with the organization. Price retired the team following its final championship season.
“There was never anything that came out of his mouth about us having to cut down on spending money or testing anywhere. It was always, ‘We need to go out there and win some races. Let’s go do what it takes.’ Gene’s the kind of guy that, when he does something, he wants to do it right,” said Pursley.
“I wouldn’t be anywhere in my career without Gene. You can say he let me fulfill my dream as a racer.”
Gene Price Motorsports also won twice in the NASCAR Elite Southwest Series and competed briefly in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Price joins Walker Evans, Michael Gaughan, Joe Leonard, Scott Pruett, Frank Secrist and Kenneth Takeuchi in the 2017 WCSCHOF class of inductees.
The 2017 Induction, presented by Gateway Motorsports Park, open to the public on a limited, space-available basis. Reservation information is available by emailing the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame:
The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame was conceived in 2001 as a means of recognizing significant contributors and contributions to the sport of stock car racing. The mission of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame is founded to preserve history and heritage of the important role west coast stock car competitors have played in the sport’s development and continuation and to recognize, through annual enshrinement, of outstanding individuals and groups within the sport such as, but not limited to, designers, engineers, mechanics, drivers, race track owners, promoters, publicists and members of the motorsports media.
About Gateway Motorsports Park
Gateway Motorsports Park is the home of INDYCAR, NASCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis region. Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering more than 340 acres, Gateway Motorsports Park is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. Gateway Motorsports Park’s facilities include a 1/4-mile drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, 1.6-mile road course, a state-of-the-art Karting facility and a 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue.
Owen A. Kearns