IRVINE, CALIFORNIA (February 18, 2011) –  Derek Thorn, pole sitter at the 2011 TOYOTA All-Star Showdown, will look to continue his hot streak in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, by competing in the “3 Amigos Organic Blanco 100” at Phoenix International Raceway on February 24th.


Thorn will be driving the #44 Four Star Fruit/Hronis Racing/Superior Crankshaft Chevrolet for Byron Campbell Motorsports, the same car he drove to the career-defining pole position and seventh place finish in the prestigious TOYOTA All-Star Showdown less than a month ago. Crew Chief Junior Joiner will again return to the helm of the highly capable team.


“Racing at Phoenix has always been something I’ve really wanted,” Thorn said.  “To finally have the chance is a dream come true!  I owe a lot of thanks to Byron Campbell and his entire crew. Junior Joiner and I have had a lot of success on the track together and were ready to continue that success at Phoenix.”


The car Thorn will be driving was campaigned by Vision Airlines in the November 2010 edition of this race with a top-ten qualifying effort.  Thorn’s efforts will be under watchful eyes from the NASCAR Sprint Cup garages as this race is being held during the NASCAR events at the fast paced one-mile oval.


“I am looking forward with great anticipation to this race,” Superior Crankshaft CEO Cheryl Archer said.  “Although this is Derek’s first time at PIR, his driving ability and confidence will make him one to watch for on race day!”


This race at Phoenix will be Thorn’s debut at the track in the valley of the sun; however Thorn has one mile track experience and qualified seventh at the one-mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2008 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, East.


“Anything less than a top-five finish and a car in contention for the win would be a disappointment after the strong showing we had at the showdown and Derek’s success in the SRL Southwest Tour,” SP Marketing Manager Marty Melo said.  “Bryon Campbell has put together a great team and everyone involved is working hard to keep the right people around Derek to help continue his success”


Derek Thorn is slated to challenge for the 2011 SRL SPEARS Southwest Tour championship with Superior Crankshaft as his primary sponsor.  Thorn is also planning to compete in select K&N Pro Series events beyond the Phoenix race.


Derek Thorn is being supported by: Four Star Fruit, Superior Crankshaft, Hronis Racing, Joiner Motorsports, and JRI Shocks.  Potential sponsors can contact SP Racing for more information on sponsoring the talented Northern California racer.


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



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