BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA (March 27, 2012) – 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West championship contender Derek Thorn has announced he will return to the SRL SPEARS Southwest Tour full-time this season as well, driving a #43 Four Star Fruit Ford/Hronis Racing Ford for Campbell Motorsports.  Thorn won seven consecutive poles and three races on the tour in 2011 en route to third in the points standings.


Thorn will be reunited with car owner Byron Campbell who he drove for in three NASCAR K&N races in 2011 including a pole at the TOYOTA All-Star Showdown, third place finish at Phoenix, and a second place finish at Irwindale.


"Byron Campbell Motorsports, Four Star Fruit, and Hronis Racing have been huge supporters of my racing career and I can't thank them enough," Thorn said.  "We have had a lot of success already in the West Series and in Late Models.  Mike Keen, Dan Smith, and the entire crew have been working long hours to get the cars ready and Stockton is going to be a great kick off to our season!"


A busy 2012 slate sees Thorn scheduled for 26 races between his NASCAR K&N duties for Bob Bruncati's Sunrise Ford team and Byron Campbell’s SRL program.  Thorn is also scheduled to return to the Snowball Derby in Pensacola, Florida this December.


The 2012 campaign will give Thorn a great shot at a championship with crew chief Mike Keen on the wrenches for the Hronis Racing-sponsored entry.  Additional support will come from long time Thorn supporter PepperJack Kennels and Joes Racing Products.


There are 10 races on the 2012 SRL schedule with the season opener coming up this Saturday at Stockton 99 Speedway in Stockton, Calif.  The series will visit Roseville, Las Vegas, Madera, and Salt Lake City as well throughout the year.  Thorn had two poles and a best finish of fourth in two starts at Stockton last year and is looking for a strong run to jump start the 2012 season.


Thorn is also registered for the Sunoco Driven Challenge where his 2012 results will count towards a possible test with Joe Gibbs Racing in their NASCAR K&N Pro Series, East equipment.  Another great opportunity will be the "Road to the All American 400".  The winner of the May 12th SRL Southwest Tour race at Las Vegas will be locked into the "All American 400" at Nashville Fairgrounds in October.


Derek Thorn would like to thank the following sponsors for their support in 2012: Four Star Fruit, Hronis Racing, Sunrise Ford, Lucas Oil, Eibach Springs, Joe’s Racing Products, Oakley, and PepperJack Kennels.


Race fans can learn more about Derek Thorn at www.derekthorn.com


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