BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA (November 6, 2012) Looking to end his 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West season strong, Derek Thorn will take Bob Bruncati's Sunrise Ford #6 to Phoenix International Raceway this weekend with eyes on a race win and possible shot at the series championship.  In Thorn's first full season in the K&N Pro Series, he finds himself just 29 points out of first place in the series standings.


Thorn is looking forward to strong showing in the series finale as he looks forward to the 2013 season, where he will return to the seat of the blue and orange #6 Ford for a run at next year's championship as well.


The 15 race campaign this season has visited four road courses and tracks across the country.  Thorn's season has included wins at NAPA Speedway and Havasu 95 Speedway both in the desert southwest.  Thorn will try to translate that success to the one-mile Phoenix International Raceway in a race that will be televised live on SPEED.


"It has been a great season for us," Thorn said.  "We had two rough races this year that highlight a majority of our points we lost.  Bob Bruncati, Bill Sedgwick, and I had high expectations at the beginning of the season and to be in the contention for the championship goes to show the effort the team has put into this season.  It's been a blast and can't thank everyone enough for such a great opportunity and I am really looking forward to finishing the season off right in Phoenix."


Victory at Havasu 95 Speedway locked Thorn into the "UNOH Battle at the Beach" to be held next February at Daytona International Speedway.  K&N East and West teams will come together to race on a temporary four-tenths mile oval on the backstretch of the "World Center of Speed" during Speedweeks.


In three career starts at Phoenix, Thorn has recorded finishes of fifth, third, and fifth.  With a 2012 record of 10 top-fives and 12 top-tens, the Lakeport native looks poised to improve his track record and go for the win on Saturday night.  Over the last three starts he has produced an average finish of third.  In the most recent event at All American Speedway, he came back from being spun out of the lead to finish in the fourth position in a come-from-behind effort.


Saturday night's contest will be a 50 lap sprint that will require a strong qualifying effort to run up front.  Thorn's career has been marked by qualifying success most notably when he splashed onto the national stage as the 2011 Toyota All-Star Showdown pole sitter.


The busy campaign for Bob Bruncati's team also sees Thorn's teammate Austin Dyne in the midst of a battle for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year. 


Saturday's race will be broadcast live on SPEED with coverage beginning at 4 p.m. PST.  NASCAR Home Tracks provides race updates lap-by-lap on the series website as well.


Race fans can follow Derek Thorn on his Twitter page @DerekThorn6 and encouraged to vote for Thorn in the Most Popular Driver contest on www.nascarhometracks.com for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West division.


Race fans can also learn more about Derek Thorn on his official website at www.derekthorn.com


Derek Thorn would like to thank the following sponsors for their support in 2012: Sunrise Ford, Lucas Oil, Eibach Springs, Loctite, Oakley, PepperJack Kennels, and Blakesley Sports Media.


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