ROSEVILLE, CA   Lakeport's Derek Thorn is ready to return to the seat of two different stock cars in two different series this Saturday in Roseville, California. Thorn will return to the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series to compete in the Thunder Valley Casino & Resort 135 as well as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West for the NAPA Auto Parts 150 at the All American Speedway.


Thorn will return to the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series for the ninth leg of the ten scheduled events in the 2011 season driving the Superior Crankshaft/JRI Shocks #26 Toyota Camry led by crew chief Scott Franchimone for Joiner Race Cars. For Thorn, All American Speedway is a track of success in the SRL Tour. The 25-year-old driver dominated the spring event in his Joe Farre/Jr. Joiner owned JRC machine as he raced his way to the lead early in the race and defended his position by a distance within lapped traffic on the tight banked oval at the Placer County Fairgrounds.


As he returns to Roseville, Thorn will look for win number three coming off of his second place finish in Madera just a few weeks ago and a well needed strong points day. He is currently fourth in the tight championship point standings with just two races left on the competitive campaign that competes throughout California, Utah and Nevada. The twin bill this coming weekend will require a great deal of focus for Thorn as he will be looking for the win in both of the venues that are coming to entertain another sold out crowd at the always exciting All American Speedway.


While the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour event will be an important venue for Thorn, he will also be competing in the premier division of the Roseville event, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West that will be returning to Roseville for the NAPA Auto Parts 150.


Thorn will be making his second start of the season behind the wheel of the Sunrise Ford Racing #9 Eibach Spring/Lucas Oil Ford fielded by veteran car owner Bob Bruncati and led by crewchief Andy Santerre. Following an impressive third place run on his first ever road course in Portland with the team and a recent successful tests session at the speedway Thorn and the Sunrise Ford team are looking to be a contender for the win in Saturday’s event.  


Saturday's event will mark the first oval track venue that Thorn and Bruncati will compete in together. Thorn has already had great success in the NASCAR West tour. He made a valiant run back in January when he started on the pole of the NASCAR Toyota All Star Race in Irwindale, Thorn then had successful runs at both Phoenix and Portland with a pair of third place finishes and almost had the win at Irwindale in July with an impressive second place showing.


 When the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West comes to the tight All American Speedway lapped traffic is always a factor as the fast paced full size NASCAR machines bump and grind their way through the field.


Thorn is a driver that is known for great talent when it comes to racing in traffic. With success already at Roseville this season in the SRL series, combined with his success at Irwindale, Phoenix and most recently in Portland with Bruncati, Thorn is a driver that is poised to possibly walk out of the All American Speedway with victory’s in both the SRL Series and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.


Derek Thorn is proud to carry the sponsorship of Superior Crankshaft and a number of marketing partners in the 2011 SRL Spears Southwest Tour. Among the many contributors are Joiner Race Cars, Sigma Engineering, JRI Shocks, Eibach Springs, Joe's Racing Products, ARP Bodies, Finishline Signs, PepperJack Kennels, Fastenal and Joiner Motorsports.


The pit gates will open 10:00 a.m. on Saturday at All American Speedway. After practice sessions and qualifying, The Thunder Valley Casino & Resort 135 presented by Ameripride Uniform Service will take the green flag at 6:55 and will be followed by the NAPA Auto Parts 150 for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.


To learn more about this talented young driver visit Derek Thorn's personal website at www.derekthorn.com. Further information can also be found at the site of one of his title sponsors, www.superiorcrankshaftracing.com or www.joinerracecars.com


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