BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA (November 1, 2011) – Joiner Race Cars made a big splash in the season finale for the SRL SPEARS Southwest Tour, dominating competition at the Las Vegas Bullring to sweep the top-two finishing positions in the “Sigma Engineering 154” at the three-eights mile bullring.  Lakeport’s Derek Thorn won his third SRL race of 2011 in the #26 Superior Crankshaft/JRI Shocks Toyota Camry with the debut of the Gen 1 JRC Truck Arm chassis underneath him with teammate Ryan Reed of Bakersfield bringing the #56 JRC/Racehard.com Camry to a second place finish.


Joiner Race Cars were on top throughout the event that was sponsored by JRC co-team owner Joe Farre of Sigma Engineering. 


“I couldn’t be happier with the success of the JRC race cars, drivers, and crews during the Sigma Engineering Solutions 154,” Farre said.  “Junior Joiner and the JRC shop staff delivered winning race cars to our drivers, and our drivers delivered winning results for the JRC team; I don’t think you can ask for much more than that!”


JRC made a big statement in Friday night’s practice by taking three of the four top positions on the speed charts.  Thorn led practice over Reed followed by Farre in the #54 Sigma Engineering / LVI Services Chevrolet posting fourth on the charts. 16 year-old Blake Williams of Spokane, WA made his series debut this weekend and also gained valuable seat time in the #55 JRC/McClintock & Turk Chevrolet in  Friday’s nights practice.


Saturday’s action saw Thorn pick up an unprecedented seventh consecutive fast-time in the series, timing in with a 14.393 second lap to narrowly beat Farre and Reed for the top spot.  Williams qualified 16th out of the 23 car turnout but was only one tenth of a second from a top-ten effort his first outing.


An 11 car invert meant the JRC cars would have some work to do to navigate the tough SRL field, but Reed made quick work of the leaders and took the lead by lap 10 with Farre in tow and Thorn up to fourth.  On the next restart, Thorn took over the third position to give JRC a 1-2-3 effort as the three JRC cars pulled away from the majority of the field.  Thorn eventually took second from Farre before Farre spun in an incident involving a lapped car.


Under the caution, Thorn made a trip to the pits which gave the lead back to Reed.  Pit stop strategy was critical in this race as teams were allowed a two-tire stop at any point in the race.  A halfway break for fuel saw Reed leading while Thorn ran in the ninth position.


Reed had a strong restart after the break while Thorn moved forward to fifth by lap 90.  Pit stops shuffled the order around when Reed ducked into the pits costing him the lead.  But by lap 100 he was already back up into the second position and challenging for victory.


Reed took the lead back on lap 110 and Thorn moved into second shortly thereafter.  On lap 140, Thorn finally made his move, passing Reed for the lead.  Reed was unable to challenge Thorn and they coasted with a straightaway lead to bring home the JRC 1-2 finish.


Williams kept his nose clean throughout the race and handled the pit stop format to finish 13th in his series debut.  Farre, however, was unable to finish making for an early night for the 54 team.


“I was very impressed with the performance of our guest drivers Ryan Reed, and Blake Williams with Ryan dominating the race for most of the laps,” Farre said.  “  Both drivers did a phenomenal job adapting to the JRC cars and we hope to see both of these drivers back with JRC in the future.”


JRC will now look to translate the successful weekend in the SRL event into a strong weekend in the Super Late Models as the team will return to Las Vegas this Saturday night for the $10,000 to win Fall Classic.  The JRC drivers will climb back into their cars with Williams driving the #56 JRC/McClintock & Turk Camry with Thorn carrying new primary sponsorship from Eibach Springs and Sigma Engineering.  Farre will be supported by Sigma Engineering and LVI Services for the prestigious 150 lap race.


Joiner Race Cars is proud to carry sponsorship of Sigma Engineering and a number of marketing partners.  Among the many contributors are JRI Shocks, Eibach Springs, PepperJack Kennels, Joe’s Racing Products, ARP Bodies, Finishline Signs, Fastenal, and Joiner Motorsports.


For additional information about Joiner Race Cars look them up online at www.joinerracecars.com Seats are still available for the 2012 season in the SRL SPEARS Southwest Tour and interested parties can contact Marty Melo at (530) 941-5642.



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