BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA (May 9, 2012) – Lakeport's Derek Thorn will take a break from his duties in the Bob Bruncati Sunrise Ford #6 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West and move back into the #43 Campbell Motorsports entry in the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour this weekend at the Las Vegas Bullring.  Thorn runs fifth in the 2012 K&N West standings and third in the 2012 SRL Southwest Tour standings as well.


Running for both series championships, Thorn is in the midst of ten consecutive races jumping back-and-forth between the two cars.  During this stretch, Thorn has put together second and ninth place finishes in the tour car to go along with his first K&N West win along with a seventh and a 12th.  Thorn also scored a pair of poles during April.


"It's been an intense five week stretch for myself and especially the teams.  We continue for five more weeks before we get a week off," Thorn said.  "I'm lucky to have two well run and organized teams that are both set up and prepared for championship runs."


Thorn had a strong showing two weeks ago on the road course at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT where he drove up into the top-five before a late race melee resulted in a 12th place finish.  Thorn again ran in the top-five at Stockton 99 Speedway on Saturday but had to overcome a mix-up with lapped traffic to finish seventh on the night.


Saturday's SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour show at the Las Vegas Bullring brings Thorn back to a track where he has enjoyed great success in the past.  The 2011 season saw Thorn score back-to-back wins and poles at Las Vegas including winning the "Fall Classic" open show from the rear of the field.


"This weekend is going to be a lot of fun in Vegas with Byron Campbell Motorsports and the Hronis Brothers, Pete and Kosta," Thorn said.  "I'm looking forward to getting our SRL car back up to speed.  Mike Keen and the entire crew have been working hard for this weekend."


The "Blackjack 121" at Las Vegas will be Thorn's eighth appearance at the 3/8ths mile paved venue and he also swept the action in May of 2010 for the Southwest Tour there.  His 2012 SRL success has him ranked second in the national Sunoco Challenge points that ranks drivers in Late Model series across the country.  The Sunoco Challenge champion will earn a NASCAR K&N Pro Series, East test with Joe Gibbs Racing in the winter.


Action this weekend at Las Vegas gets started with practice on Friday evening, before another round of practice, qualifying, and the "Blackjack 121" on Saturday.


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


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


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