IRVINE, CALIFORNIA (MAY 11, 2011) – When Lakeport's Derek Thorn takes  the Superior Crankshaft/JRI Shocks Toyota Camry into round three of the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series this Saturday in Las Vegas, Nevada, the 25-year-old talent will look to put another win in the column next to his name in the StreamPayPerView.TV –Black Jack 121. Thorn who is now the series point leader with  two events completed in the SRL Southwest Tour and looks to continue his success as he returns to Sin City with great momentum as he makes his run towards the 2011 championship.


“It’s nice sitting on top of the heap going into Vegas.” said Thorn. “I am excited to be driving the Superior Crankshaft, Sigma Engineering, JRI Shocks Camry. The car was awesome at Roseville and we have been working hard at Joiner Motorsports to make it even better. Vegas has always been a great place to race and I am looking forward to running up front and being able to hold onto that top spot in the points.”


As he returns to the fast .333 mile Bullring at Vegas, Thorn sits at the helm of SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour point standings with a 15 point advantage over M.K. Kanke of Frazier Park, California. The advantage in the standings arose following Thorn's dominating performance on April 16th when he won the World' Champion Hand Cleaner 140 at the All American Speedway in Roseville.


The recent victory was the first for Thorn in 2011 and the first for him since teaming with his new sponsor Superior Crankshaft. In much bigger firsts, his continued driving success and dominating performance at Roseville caught the eyes of many in the auto racing industry nationwide as it went down in history as the first victory for Toyota in the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour.


"Derek and his Jr. Joiner led team are extremely focused this season and the results are showing that in both the SRL and K&N events they have ran,” said Marty Melo, Motorsports Marketing Manager for Superior Crankshaft. “Everyone around him is working hard and doors are starting to open for him at some higher levels of racing. We are extremely fortunate and proud to be associated with Derek and part of this SRL series.”


While Thorn will carry the momentum of his recent victory into Las Vegas the odds will very much be in his favor with a recent history of success at the Bullring.  In 2010 Thorn took home a victory at the Bullring and in the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour 2011 opener, Thorn had a strong podium finish of third place in the Spears Manufacturing 111.


Following the most recent success in Roseville, Thorn currently has 131 asphalt starts, a total of 27 wins, 78 top five finishes, 107 top ten placements and has earned fast time a total of 47 times. Judging from his performance thus far in 2011, Thorn will undoubtedly be adding to these strong statistics this coming weekend.


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 Joiner Race Car Chassis, PepperJack Kennels, Sigma Engineering, JRI Shocks, Joe Gibbs Driven, Eibach Springs, Joe's Racing Products, ARP Bodies, Finishline Signs, Fastenal, and Encore Metals.


In addition to sponsoring Derek Thorn, Superior Crankshaft is proud to be the official Crankshaft of the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series and the sponsor of the Winner's Bonus program for each event. 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 Crankshaft and the series can be found at www.superiorcrankshaft.com and www.srlsouthwesttour.com



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