ROSEVILLE, CA (4-16-11) – Superior Crankshaft Racing and driver Derek Thorn of Lakeport are locked and loaded for the second event in their first full season together in the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series as it heads into Northern California. The action packed .333 mile All American Speedway in Roseville is the next battle field for Thorn and the competitive Superior Crankshaft #26 Toyota.


As he enters the "World's Champion Hand Cleaner 140" at the Placer County Fairgrounds, Thorn is currently sitting in third place in the current SPEARS SRL championship point standings. One event is complete in the 10-race regional stock car series that competes on asphalt ovals in the southwestern region of the United States including tracks in California, Utah and Nevada. 


In addition to sponsoring Thorn, Superior Crankshaft is the “Official Crankshaft" of the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series. In addition to the ‘Winner’s Bonus’ award of $1000 Superior Crankshaft awards $100 product certificates to the second, seventh and tenth place teams at each SRL event. The Irvine, California based company is committed to one of stock car racing's most competitive tours and is now supporting one of the most talented drivers within it.


On April 2, Thorn drove the Superior Crankshaft #26 from deep in the field to finish third in the "Spears Manufacturing 111" at the Bullring in Vegas. The forward charge clearly illustrated both the talent and passion that Thorn possesses as well as the quality of equipment he is aboard with the support of Superior Crankshaft and crew chief Junior Joiner.


As he enters the Roseville event, Thorn sits just five championship points behind second place Jim Pettit II in the standings. He is only 15 points out of the lead which is held by Vegas winner M.K. Kanke. At this time, Thorn is sitting right where he left off in 2010, when he finished third in the series ending point standings.


In the last SPEARS SRL event at Roseville last October, Thorn placed 11th in the field while driving for a different team. Superior Crankshaft celebrated the Pocket Radar 100 in victory lane when veteran driver Eric Holmes of Escalon strapped into their cockpit for the night.


"Roseville is going to be a lot of fun," said Thorn. "With Superior Crankshaft, Sigma Engineering, and Joiner Motorsports behind me there's no reason we won’t be the car to beat.


The upcoming "World's Champion Hand Cleaner 140"  will be an event that is highly recognized as it will take place in conjunction with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Tour. Thorn is racing a limited number of events in the NASCAR campaign this year. However, at this time he does not have an entry in the division at Roseville unless an open seat becomes available prior to race day which would permit him to race in both events and maintain his current third place status in the NASCAR West series as well.


Action will begin at All American Speedway in Roseville with practice on Friday, April 15th followed by the World' Champion Hand Cleaner 140" on Saturday night with the green flag scheduled to wave at 6:35 p.m. Thorn currently has 130 asphalt starts, a total of 77 top five finishes, 106 top ten placements and has earned fast time a total of 47 times.


In addition to the title sponsorship of Superior Crankshaft, Derek Thorn carries a great deal of support from a number of marketing partners in the 2011 SRL Spears Southwest Tour. Among the many contributors are Joe Gibbs Driven, Sigma Engineering, Joiner Motorsports, JRI Shocks, Joe's Racing Products, ARP Bodies, Finishline Signs, PepperJack Kennels, Fastenal and Encore Metals.


To learn more about Superior Crankshaft Racing and primary driver Derek Thorn, visit them online at www.superiorcrankshaftracing.com. Derek Thorn's personal website can be found at www.derekthorn.com. Further information on Superior Crankshafts and their products can also be found at www.superiorcrankshaft.com.



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