Whelen Motorsports

Purvis Finds Balance To Lead At Columbus

NWAAS • August 18, 2015

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division II-V Update

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 13, 2015) - Any driver who competes in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division II-V will tell you that it takes dedication and determination are necessary to balance work, life and racing to contend for a NASCAR championship. Kyle Purvis is finding success all the way around.

Finding time to fit everything in each week has been one of Purvis’ success stories this season. The Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway competitor continues to lead the Division II standings by 38 points over Chris Hawkins (462-424) of Salina Highbanks and Flint Creek Speedways in Oklahoma.

Purvis is coming off of his fourth win of the season last Saturday and he’s yet to finish outside the top 10 in 14 starts. In addition to racing full-time, the 27 year-old Columbus native juggles his full-time job of managing a 9,600-head pig farm as well as rental properties.

"Between working on the farm, managing properties and working on the race car I don’t have much free time, but I love what I do," Purvis said. "My grandad and dad both raced and that’s all I’ve ever known. The only difference is they drag raced and I wanted to try ovals."

Following Hawkins in third and fourth place are Thomas Neal and Taylor Branch, both of Bowman Gray Stadium in North Carolina, while Pennsylvania’s Grandview Speedway driver Brett Kressley completes the top five.

Purvis is quick to credit his dad, Kenny, and friend, Tyler Snyder, who help work on the car each week in addition to behind-the-scenes assistance from his mother Kathy and girlfriend Alyssa Brown.

"Alyssa is very supportive of my racing and work because it doesn’t give us much time alone, but she is always there supporting me and helping out," Purvis said.

Purvis enjoys racing in the modified division at Columbus and credits his experience from previous years is helping him in his quest to make it to Charlotte to collect the trophy in December at the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards.

"I would like to think one of the biggest reasons we’ve done so well this season is I learned how to be patient behind the wheel and that has made a big difference in our finishes," Purvis added. "You don’t win the race on the first lap and I think that is the biggest thing I’ve learned about racing since I started back in 2010. Saving your equipment and knowing when to go for (the win) is big in short track racing."

Purvis has several sponsors who help get his No. 13 modified to the track each week including Sports on Tap, JVM Racing, Your Custom Graphics, M&M Motor Head Service and Wasserback Speed Shop. He also credits his main employer for making his run towards a championship possible.

"I really appreciate Mike and Nathan Smith who own Farm Transport and they not only give me the flexibility to race and work on their farms, but they also help sponsor our car," Purvis said.

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division II-V drivers are ranked by their best 14 NASCAR point finishes in series-sanctioned events. Drivers receive two points for every car they finish ahead of - up to 18 cars - and three points for a win, with an additional two points if the driver starts 10th or lower.

In other NASCAR Whelen All-American Series standings:

DIVISION III: Ryan Jenkins (Adams County in Iowa and Junction and I-80 Speedways in Nebraska) remains in the lead over Grandview regular Chuck Schutz Jr. Elko’s Brent Kane sits third with Brad Burns and Bobby Emory Jr. (South Carolina’s Greenville Pickens Speedway) fourth and fifth, respectively.

DIVISION IV: Columbus driver Ryan Smith stays in front by six points over Elko’s Grant Brown (429-423) with Devin Stansbury giving Columbus another driver in the top five in third place. Defending division champion and Bowman Gray regular AJ Sanders Jr. is fourth with Thomas Doten (Elko) up to fifth.

DIVISION V: Jack Kirby (Oklahoma’s Salina and Flint Creek Speedways) maintains his lead with 448 points over Elko competitor Justin Schelitzche who remains second with 417 points. Pennsylvania’s Motordrome Speedway’s Aaron Van Fleet jumped back up to third with Elko drivers Ashley Bell and Michael Wachs Jr. rounding out the top five.

Established in 1982, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is NASCAR’s national championship program for weekly short track auto racing. In all, 57 paved and dirt tracks throughout the United States and Canada participate.

Connecticut-based Whelen Engineering is the series’ title sponsor. Whelen Engineering is a leading manufacturer of automotive, aviation, industrial and emergency vehicle lighting. NASCAR tracks and pace cars across North America are among the many showcases for Whelen products.