IRVINE, CALIFORNIA (June 14, 2011) Following a frightening oil fire that set him back in Vegas last month, Lakeport's Derek Thorn is ready to get back on track in the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series this week. The tour is bound for California's Central Valley at Stockton 99 Speedway for the Mid Valley Iron and Metals 150  and Thorn will be aboard  the repaired  #26 Superior Crankshaft/JRC  Toyota Camry for the fourth segment of the 10 race SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour.


Last month in the Stream Pay Per View TV Blackjack 121 at the Vegas Bullring, Thorn was well on his way to another strong performance in a season that has been strong thus far for the 25-year-old stock car ace and his Superior Crankshaft Racing team. Thorn worked his way into the lead of the race and led 64 laps until trouble broke out in the form of an oil fire that ended his hopes of a second early season victory. Thorn escaped injury in the frightening incident which caused significant damage to the same #26 car that has driven to much success this season, including a recent victory in Roseville, California.


Prior to the Vegas event, Thorn was leading the point standings of the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series following a pair of top three finishes and a victory in round two of the campaign. Thorn is setting his sights on the 2011 series title. Thus far the competition in the battle for the championship has been fierce. With his 19th place finish in Vegas, Thorn has slipped to 5th in the championship standings but remains in striking distance of the leader, just 49 points back.


After being postponed due to weather two weeks ago, this Saturday Thorn and his SRL counterparts will tackle one of the tightest tracks on the schedule, the quarter-mile Stockton 99 Speedway. The event is sure to have its share of action and running out in front will mean a driver must slice and dice their way through lapped traffic. For Thorn, racing in lapped traffic is one of his strong suits. Crew chief Junior Joiner and the entire Superior Crankshaft Racing crew have been busy preparing the #26 Camry for Saturday's race and Thorn is ready to get to work and rebound in the series standings.


In his 16-year racing career, 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. As he returns to one of California's most famous asphalt tracks he looks to increase the digits in his win column and move forward towards the series championship.


Derek Thorn is proud to carry the sponsorship of Superior Crankshaft and 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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