IRVINE, CALIFORNIA (November 30, 2010) – 24 year-old Derek Thorn turned the California Classic at TOYOTA Speedway into a busy weekend, highlighted by a victory in Saturday night’s 75 lap Late Model feature.


Thorn finished third in his first season in the 2010 SRL SPEARS Southwest Tour standings but entered the weekend’s events with only a ride lined up in the #4 Four Star Fruit Inc. Late Model.  By the end of the weekend, Thorn found his way into rides for the Super Late Model and SRL races as well.


Competing against a field of drivers from all over the West Coast for the non-points race, Thorn faced a strong lineup in the Late Model main.  Thorn started on the outside front row and took the lead by lap one.


The race featured a series of battles with track champion Nick Joanides while the two distanced themselves from the rest of the pack.  Rain began falling with 10 laps to go and Thorn took the race win under caution.  Thorn won $790 in lap money in addition to the purse winnings for leading every lap.


Rain postponed the remaining races to Sunday, where Thorn found an opportunity to compete for Mike Roose and Jon Wood in the #41 SRL Tour Car along with his last minute ride in the #16 Super Late Model driving for Gomes Motorsports.


The 100 lap Super Late Model race was a battle of survival with Thorn navigating through several crashes.  On lap 98, the leaders crashed giving Thorn the lead and a chance to get back-to-back wins on the weekend.  But Thorn ran out of fuel coming to the line, although he still finished in second place in the final rundown.


The second place finish was a victory considering Thorn had just ten minutes of practice in the car on Saturday before qualifying and has never been in the car prior to this event.


Wrapping up the busy weekend was the featured 110 lap California Classic for the SRL SPEARS Southwest Tour.  Thorn was a late replacement for Indy car veteran Davey Hamilton, and he climbed into the #41 car with no practice at all.


Starting at the rear of the 29 car field, Thorn found his way as high as 17th before being knocked out of contention in an accident near the halfway point of the race.


Derek Thorn will return to action on January 28-29, back at TOYOTA Speedway, for the TOYOTA All-Star Showdown.  Thorn will compete in the Super Late Model portion of the prestigious televised race.  He will be looking to improve on his second place finish in last weekend’s California Classic and third place finish in last year’s All-Star Showdown event.


Thorn is slated to campaign the entire 2011 SRL SPEARS Southwest Tour representing Superior Crankshaft and select K&N Pro Series events.


SP Racing is online at www.superiorcrankshaftracing.com   An all-new Derek Thorn website is coming soon to www.derekthorn.com



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