IRVINE, CALIFORNIA (February 28, 2011) –  24 year-old Derek Thorn made the most of his debut appearance at Phoenix International Raceway in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West, driving to an outstanding third place finish in the “3 Amigos Organic Blanco 100”


Driving the #44 Four Star Fruit/Hronis Racing/Superior Crankshaft Chevrolet, the 2011 TOYOTA All-Star Showdown pole sitter raced within the top-ten of the field for most of the 100 mile race.  Pit strategy saw the Junior Joiner-led Byron Campbell Racing crew pit for tires and fuel within the first third of the race.


The strategy moved Thorn into second place in a crucial restart with less than 20 laps to go, giving Thorn a chance to challenge race leader Greg Pursley for the victory.  Coming to the green flag, Pursley rocketed away while Thorn fell back to fifth place after missing a shift.


A huge comeback performance by Thorn saw him drive back to third and nearly pull off a second place finish, contending with Jonathon Gomez coming to the checkered flag.


“First and foremost I have to thank Four Star Fruit, Hronis Racing, Superior Crankshaft and Joiner Motorsports for giving me the opportunity this weekend.,” Thorn said.  “We are off to a great start and I can’t wait to get to our next K&N race as we are planning on running a partial schedule at some of the larger tracks and I feel we have everything in place to have a great season!”


Phoenix marked Thorn’s only eighth career start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, and his fifth place qualifying effort lowered his career starting position to 8.25.  He missed the pole by just over one tenth of a second, running a lap of 28.080 at 128.205 around the one-mile d-shaped oval.


“Derek has proven himself to be a strong competitor in the first two races for us!” Superior Crankshaft CEO Cheryl Archer said.  “His development is occurring at a very rapid pace and it’s going to be exciting to watch his list of accomplishments grow as the season goes on!”


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 throughout the rest of the season.


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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