Showing posts with label Derek Thorn. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Derek Thorn. Show all posts

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Cappello Surprises While Thorn Dominates During SRL Action At Madera

Derek Thorn led 120 laps en route to his eighth Madera SRL win (Jason Wedehase photo)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (September 28, 2019) – Peoria, Ariz.’s Dylan Cappello extended his points lead in the Spears Manufacturing Modified Series in a surprise last lap victory while Bakersfield’s Derek Thorn won his eighth SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour race at Madera Speedway. The wins capped off a grueling Saturday night of MAVTV-televised action on the one-third mile oval.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

SRL Touring Stars To Face Off With Valley Favorites This Saturday At Madera

Clovis' Austin Herzog aims to be one position better this Saturday at Madera (Jason Wedehase photo)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (September 25, 2019) – The stars of the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour will go head-to-head with some of the valley’s favorite stock car drivers, when the tour hits the one-third mile Madera Speedway for Saturday’s 125 presented by 51FIFTY LTM. The FAST 75 presented by General Tire for the SPEARS Modified Series will be the co-headliner. Hobby Stocks, Legends of the Pacific, Toyota Sedans, and Legends of Kearney Bowl will also be competing.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Thorn Grabs Career Win 37 With Spears 125 Victory At Madera

#43 Derek Thorn successfully fended off #11 Austin Herzog for the $5,000 win (Jason Wedehase photo)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (June 8, 2019) – Four-time SPEARS Southwest Tour champion Derek Thorn of Bakersfield added to his long list of accomplishments with his 37th victory and 53rd fast-time in Saturday’s 125 lap event at Madera Speedway, presented by 51FIFTY LTM. Thorn’s win did not come easy as he withstood challenges from current Nut Up Pro Late Model points leader Austin Herzog, age 16 from Clovis, CA.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Southwest Tour And Modified Double Header At Madera

Jacob Gomes won the SRL Southwest Tour event last September (Jason Wedehase photo)

Via Madera Speedway Media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (June 4, 2019) – Two of the most prestigious short track touring series in the country will co-headline the Lucas Oil Summertime Horsepower Nationals, when the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour and Spears Manufacturing Modified Series compete at Madera Speedway on Saturday night. The Southwest Tour 125 presented by 51FIFTY LTM and the Modified Series 75 presented by K&N Filters will feature drivers from across the western United States racing for over $50,000 in prize money.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Doss Outlasts Thorn To Take SRL Return To Roseville

Don Thompson Photo

Via All American Speedway Media

ROSEVILLE, Calif. (April 13, 2019) – Jeremy Doss withstood numerous challenges from Derek Thorn to win the JM Environmental 127 presented by 51FIFTY Energy Drink on Saturday night from All American Speedway, as the Roseville track welcomed both SRL and NASCAR races back to the one-third mile speedway. Matt Erickson and Jason Romero split entertaining season openers for the NASCAR Late Model division as well in a twin bill.

25 cars took the green flag for the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour contest with eight lead changes among three different leaders. Each and every division set new track records under the new highline layout, including Roseville’s Eric Schmidt who topped SRL time trials with a 13.193 second lap. He drew the pole for the feature after the redraw of the top-eight as well.

Thorn made early moves in turn three to advance several positions, finally clearing Linny White for second on lap 13. Thorn then went to work on reeling in Schmidt for the lead as the field snaked through lapped traffic by lap 30. A lap 33 caution for previous Roseville SRL winner Bobby Hodges saw Schmidt pick the inside line against Thorn.

After a three lap battle, Thorn went around the outside to lead lap 36. When the caution fell on lap 45, Thorn picked outside on Schmidt and lost the lead to him on lap 47. Two laps later, Thorn executed a crossover move to get the lead back on lap 49. Schmidt then spun with contact from Linny White for second, dropping them both to the rear when the caution waved on lap 50.

Doss assumed the second spot after the melee and went to work on Thorn. On a lap 60 restart, Doss used his inside line on a restart to grab the lead by lap 63. When the caution flew on lap 67, Doss chose the high line as drivers continued to search for the preferred positioning. Thorn took advantage, entertaining the fans with side-by-side racing that resulted in Thorn wrestling the lead away on lap 75.

Thorn looked poised to win, but chose the inside line on a restart and lost the lead again to Doss on lap 87. On lap 91, Thorn knifed underneath Doss to take it back. Thorn held court on a successive restart, while Schmidt had driven from the rear of the field up to fourth in the process.

Schmidt’s brilliant run through the pack ended in smoke on lap 119, setting the stage for an eight lap battle between Doss and Thorn – both with ties to the Clear Lake area. Thorn picked inside, and Doss made an incredible maneuver to cut inside and steal the lead on lap 121. Thorn attempted several times to apply his bumper to Doss, but Doss was undeterred. One last ditch attempt in turn four with two to go fell short and Doss ripped across the line with the win. Jacob Gomes rounded out an all former SRL champions podium in third ahead of Granite Bay’s Cole Moore and Linny White.

Both NASCAR Late Model Twin 30s pitched Madera champion Matt Erickson and PCS and Roseville champion Jason Romero head-to-head. The first 30 lap event saw Erickson jump out to the early advantage ahead of Jason Aguirre. They raced several laps alongside each other before Erickson had a solid hold on the lead by lap 12. Romero followed him up into second. Erickson accumulated a comfortable margin before Lance Halm brought out a yellow flag in turn two.

Erickson restarted inside Romero and held onto the lead despite some contact from behind with ten to go. The first 30 ended with Erickson returning to NASCAR victory lane, topping Romero, Aguirre, fast-timer Michael Mitchell, and Chris Scribner.

Scribner led the second 30 lap race from the opening lap, bringing a train of cars with him on the outside of Elk Grove’s Shane Butler. Butler was shuffled to fifth by lap three. Aguirre applied early pressure on Scribner before he too faded, and eventually retired to the pits on lap 20.

Scribner anchored a tightly wound four car lead pack and nearly had trouble while putting a lap on his father Rick Scribner just past halfway. Scribner continued on before Romero started peeking underneath. Erickson attempted as well down the backstretch with a brief three-wide move.

Romero took over the lead on lap 19 with Erickson all over his back bumper. Erickson hounded him all the way to the finish in an entertaining duel with Mitchell, Scribner, and Halm the top-five. Both NASCAR Late Model races included the $150 KHI Management 4 Award with the fourth place finisher receiving the cash prize.

Corey Englehardt of Granite Bay swept NASCAR Limited Modified action by taking the new track record in time trials on the new highline layout, winning the dash, and winning the main. But the sweep was not indicative of the competitiveness of the division.

Ralph Bailey led the first lap of the main event before Loomis’ Nick Lyons led lap two. A lap four restart gridded Lyons inside Englehardt. They raced side-by-side with Englehardt crossing over to the inside of Lyons. They made contact into turn one that sent Lyons around and placed Englehardt in the lead.

Lyons drove through the pack before a lap 27 caution set up the shootout to the finish. Englehardt narrowly completed a slidejob out of turn four to lead lap 28 and go on for the win. Derrick Doering debuted in third as well.

Josh Whitfield came from worst-to-first win the inaugural race for the combined NASCAR Super Stock division. Richard Lavallee led the first five laps which saw entertaining three-wide battling. Sacramento’s Andrew Peeler took over the lead on lap five and Dan Farrington used the outside to advance into second place as well. Whitfield himself used the outside line to take over second on lap ten.

Only five laps later, Whitfield clamped down on Peeler before a brief side-by-side battle. Whitfield led lap 16 and held on for a narrow .553 second win ahead of Peeler and Farrington while Lavallee was a close fourth.

Ray Molina of Roseville earned the F4 season opening win after taking the lead on the fourth lap. Molina swept around the outside of early race leader Dennis Crook of Fernley, Nev. Crook settled for third after the 20 lap contest.

14 year-old Aiden Daniels won his Jr. Late Model debut at the speedway. The Fort Bragg driver topped Smartsville’s Brody Armtrout, 13, and 12 year-old Lane Anderson of Fort Bragg.

Trey Daniels, 10 year-old younger brother of Aiden, made his debut at Roseville in the Mini Cup vs. Bandolero driving a Bandolero machine. The 15 lap contest saw Daniels pace Dylan Krug and Kenna Mitchell in a closely wound lead pack for the duration of the race with Daniels winning the fast-paced feature.

NASCAR racing continues at the All American Speedway on Saturday night May 4th including twin main events for the Limited Modifieds and the first Trailer Bash of 2019.

More information can be found on the track’s website and by following the track on your favorite social media accounts. Additional details are available by calling the track info line at (916) 786-2025. All American Speedway is located at 800 All America City Blvd in Roseville.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Derek Thorn Problem - Talented Racers Who Never Get Their "Shot"

Photo Courtesy Matthew J. Sullivan Racing Photography

By Matthew J. Sullivan

Over the past 15 years, there is nobody in the west coast pavement late model racing scene who can they they have won as much or as often as Derek Thorn. The 32 (soon to be 33) year old driver from Lakeport, California is one of the best late model short track racers not only on the west coast but across the country. When the top super late model racers in the United States are listed, Thorn's name is among the first listed among the likes of superstars like Bubba Pollard, Ty Majeski, Donnie Wilson and others.

Thorn moved from IMCA/Grand American modified cars to racing touring late models in 2005 in the North State Challenge Series. Thorn won five times in two seasons in what was a very competitive series. In 2007, he raced a full season in the ASA Late Model Series in the Midwest and began to show his talent to a wider audience. Thorn won once that season taking a hard fought 200-lap victory at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway and finishing fifth in the standings overall after racing a schedule featuring tracks he had never raced at before, much less seen.

When NASCAR shuttered its late model touring series in the mid-00s, the Spears SRL Southwest Tour Series took over the role as the top late model tour in the region. In 78 starts, Thorn has won 36 times or in other words almost every other race he has started in the prestigious series. He has won four SRL titles (202, 2014, 2016, 2017) and the worst he's finished in the standings while racing the series full time is third twice in 2010 and 2011. Additionally, Thorn has started from the pole in three of the first four runnings of the high-dollar Winter Showdown non-points event while winning 2017 race. Later in 2017, Thorn was able to beat up and coming racer Jeremy Doss in a thrilling duel for the victory in the Senator's Cup 150 at the Las Vegas Bullring.

Aside from his accomplishments behind the wheel of a late model, Thorn has also established himself in NASCAR circles racing in both the K&N West and East series. He made six starts in the East Series in 2006 registering finishes of fifth at Nashville and seventh at Mansfield Motor Speedway. In 2012, Thorn joined Bruncati Motorsports for a full-time West schedule taking two wins and finishing third in the standings. The following season, Thorn won three times en route to winning the series championship. Just last season, Thorn returned to drive for Bruncati Motorsports. Although he only won two times, Thorn took another NASCAR West championship while also scoring top 10 finishes in all 14 races.

All the numbers are listed. All of the accomplishments are there yet for whatever reason Derek Thorn has never had the chance to race in the upper echelons of NASCAR. His lone chance came in 2013 when he attempted to qualify for a NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Richmond International Raceway driving for the underfunded Jimmy Means Racing team.

30 years ago, a early 30s driver like Thorn would still be a prime candidate for a top ride in NASCAR's Busch or Winston Cup Series. Unfortunately, drivers older than 25 rarely get a chance to show their ability in NASCAR's truck series anymore and without major corporate backing a talented driver like Thorn will never get a true chance in modern day NASCAR.

Thorn's Georgia counterpart Bubba Pollard is very much in the same boat. Pollard has nearly 100 big-time late model victories since 2004. Pollard is a year younger than Thorn, has never raced in a NASCAR touring series yet has established himself as one of the best late model racers in the country, arguably the best.

Of course it isn't the first time a talented and highly-accomplished short track racer didn't get a fair shake. Mike Chase of Redding, California won numerous races in the west through the 70s and 80s including championships in NASCAR's Winston West and Southwest Tour series. While Chase did make 13 Winston Cup starts, the majority of those were in combination Winston Cup/Winston West races. The three "stand alone" races he started for A.J. Foyt's team in 1991 were among the last of that team's original phase. By 1991, Foyt was not focused on his NASCAR efforts.

While drivers like Thorn and Pollard will likely never get on the "big stage" of NASCAR's top three series, their misfortune is the gain of the late model short track racing community. They are two drivers who late model fans can consider as being "theirs". They are blue collar racers who are among the best that fans can get an up close and personal view of at their local track, something they wouldn't otherwise get if either competed in Cup. Certainly they won't be the last drivers who won't get their chance but they are racers that fans can respect and admire. Those are the kind of people that make late model racing on the local and touring series levels so great.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Derek Thorn Marches To Second NASCAR K&N Pro West Championship

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Derek Thorn’s return to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West ended with another championship celebration.

After stepping away from full-time competition at the end of the 2013 season, Thorn got the urge to return to action for Bob Bruncati’s Sunrise Ford team, and rolled to his second championship this season.

The Lakeport, California, driver concluded a season filled with success, scoring two wins and top-10 finishes in all 14 events. He finished fifth in the season-finale at Kern County Raceway Park on Saturday.

Derek Kraus won the season-finale, grabbing his fourth win and sweeping the two races at the California oval. The victory was the fifth consecutive at Kern for the No. 16 out of the Bill McAnally Racing stable — with Kraus winning the last three and former champion Todd Gilliland winning the two previous events.

Thorn’s previous K&N Pro Series West title came in 2013, and in his three years of full-time racing, he has two championships and a third-place finish in the standings.

“The five year hiatus we had, the guys have come a long way in the shop,” Thorn said. “There were some races we were competing for wins, and some we were competing just to finish in the top five. To keep a championship hope alive, you have be able to capitalize on every opportunity, and make the most of the bad days.”

Thorn’s 2018 championship run included two victories — one at Colorado National and another at Evergreen Speedway. He finished inside the top five in all but one race, and ended with an average finish of just over three. In the final championship standings, Thorn defeated his Sunrise Ford Racing teammate, Ryan Partridge, by 27 points, completing a clean sweep of the top two spots for Bob Bruncati.

“The No. 22 (Trevor Huddleston) and the No. 9 (Ryan Partridge) teams deserve a lot of credit, without the team dynamic, I don’t think we would be here,” Thorn said. “It’s awesome to be able to win this right in front of the hometown crowd.”

Trevor Huddleston, who charged through the field late, tied his best career finish with a third. David Mayhew was fourth, just ahead of Thorn.

Hailie Deegan, who clinched the Sunoco Rookie of the Year title in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, finished sixth. Cole Rouse was seventh, followed by Kody Vanderwal, Todd Souza and Matt Levin.

Thorn, his entire Bob Bruncati team, and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West top finishers and special award winners will be honored at NASCAR Awards Charlotte on Friday, Dec. 7.

Jason Christley
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 310-6094

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-NAPA Auto Parts 175 presented by West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Results
At Kern County Raceway Park
Lap length: 0.5 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (2) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 175 laps, 65.584 mph.
2. (3) Ryan Partridge, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Ford, 175.
3. (6) Trevor Huddleston, Agoura Hills, Calif., Ford, 175.
4. (4) David Mayhew, Atascadero, CA, Chevrolet, 175.
5. (7) Derek Thorn, Lakeport, CA, Ford, 175.
6. (1) Hailie Deegan, Temecula, CA, Toyota, 175.
7. (5) Cole Rouse, Fort Smith, Ark., Toyota, 175.
8. (8) Kody Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 175.
9. (9) Todd Souza, Aromas, Calif., Toyota, 175.
10. (10) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 174.
11. (14) Bill Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Chevrolet, 172.
12. (15) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Chevrolet, 168.
13. (13) Nick Joanides, Woodland Hills, CA, Toyota, 167.
14. (17) Taylor Canfield, San Diego, CA, Ford, 167.
15. (11) Ron Norman, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 165.
16. (16) Rich DeLong III, Santa Clarita, Calif., Chevrolet, 137, oil leak.
17. (12) Travis Milburn, Eagle, ID, Toyota, 31, suspension.
18. (18) Keith McGee, Eagle River, AK, Toyota, 16, clutch.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 20 minutes 3 seconds
Margin of Victory: 1.496 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: H.Deegan * (98.452 mph, 18.283 seconds)
Caution Flags: 4 for 17 laps.
Lead Changes: 5 among 3 drivers.
Lap Leaders: H. Deegan 1-3; D. Kraus 4-20; H. Deegan 21-43; D. Kraus 44-104; D. Thorn 105; D. Kraus 106-175.
Standings: 1. D. Thorn, 586; 2. R. Partridge, 559; 3. C. Rouse, 557; 4. D. Kraus, 543; 5. H. Deegan, 514; 6. T. Huddleston, 504; 7. K. Vanderwal, 479; 8. M. Levin, 426; 9. T. Koga, 399; 10. T. Souza, 272.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Derek Thorn Capitalizes, Wins at Evergreen

Via NASCAR Media

Monroe, WA - Fortune shined on Derek Thorn Sunday night at Evergreen Speedway. The veteran driver didn't lead the NAPA Auto Parts 175 until lap 116 when Derek Kraus ran out of fuel while leading. Kraus had led every lap of the race up until that point.

“We were second best to the No. 16 (Kraus) most of the night,” Thorn said following the win. “He had one of those cars that he would put a straightaway on us in maybe 10 laps. He had a car that was a dominant one. But as often happens, the dominant car just runs into bad luck and tonight just wasn’t his night and we were there to capitalize on it.”

“I’ve been snake-bit here for the last six or seven years in the last dozen starts, and it was nice to finally be on the right side of the good luck this weekend.”

Cole Rouse came home in the second position in spite of a crash in qualifying that forced him into a backup ride and a starting position at the rear of the field.

“It was definitely a tough day,” Rouse said following his best finish of the season. “We wrecked our primary car in qualifying, but we got the back-up out and the guys did a really good job. I didn’t expect to be that fast at all. We probably has the fastest car at the end, we were catching Thorn there just a little bit. It was a good day for a back-up car. We’re getting better each and every week. Coming from the back to finish second, that’s not too bad of a day.”

Ryan Partridge, Thorn's teammate placed third but was disappointed in the speed of his car.

“It’s one thing to finish third and be mixing it up and feel like you had a shot at the win,” Partridge said. “That’s not quite as disappointing as finishing third and … we didn’t even have a shot. We weren’t even close. Derek Kraus had the fastest car by a long shot. It is what it is, We’re going to take our car over to Gateway next and try to improve our program, make our stuff a little better.”

Of course, nobody was as heartbroke as Kraus was. His fuel issues knocked him three laps behind the leaders in ninth place at the finish.

“We had ’em covered, but we ran out of fuel,” Kraus said post-race. “We can’t take any momentum out of here because the finish was not what we wanted or what we for sure deserved. We’ll have to go get ’em at Gateway.”

The top five finishing positions were completed by Kody Vanderal and Tyler Tanner. Hailie Deegan, Matt Levin, Kraus and Trevor Huddleston finished sixth through 10th.

With the victory, Thorn was able extend his lead in the championship standings by six points giving him an advantage over Partridge. Rouse is third, 34 points back followed by Kraus who is 36 back.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West has a week break before team make the trek east to Gateway Motorsports Park for the Monaco Cocktails Gateway Classic presented by West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame on Friday, August 24. The race is the second and final of the two combination races between the K&N East and West Series, the previous having been at Iowa Speedway on July 27.

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-NAPA Auto Parts 175 presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Results
At Evergreen Speedway
Monroe, WA
Lap length: 0.646 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (2) Derek Thorn, Lakeport, CA, Ford, 175 laps, 61.016 mph.
2. (4) Cole Rouse, Fort Smith, Ark., Toyota, 175.
3. (3) Ryan Partridge, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Ford, 175.
4. (8) Kody Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 175.
5. (6) Tyler Tanner, Auburn, Wash., Ford, 175.
6. (13) Cole Keatts, Lewiston, ID, Ford, 175.
7. (7) Hailie Deegan, Temecula, CA, Toyota, 175.
8. (10) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 174.
9. (1) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 172.
10. (9) Trevor Huddleston, Agoura Hills, Calif., Ford, 172.
11. (11) Nick Joanides, Woodland Hills, CA, Toyota, 121, accident.
12. (5) Todd Souza, Aromas, Calif., Toyota, 120, accident.
13. (12) Will Rodgers, Solvang, Calif., Ford, 120, accident.
14. (14) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Chevrolet, 118, accident.
15. (15) Armani Williams, Detroit, Michigan, Ford, 64, overheating.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 51 minutes 10 seconds
Margin of Victory: 1.629 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: D.Kraus (99.820 mph, 23.298 seconds)
Caution Flags: 3 for 21 laps.
Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers.
Lap Leaders: D. Kraus 1-115; D. Thorn 116-175.
Standings: 1. D. Thorn, 382; 2. R. Partridge, 364; 3. C. Rouse, 348; 4. D. Kraus, 346; 5. H. Deegan, 327; 6. K. Vanderwal, 325; 7. T. Huddleston, 318; 8. M. Levin, 282; 9. T. Koga, 251; 10. W. Rodgers, 212.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Derek Thorn Wins in Colorado

Derek Thorn (6) led 85 laps en route to the win in Saturday's NAPA Auto Parts 175 at Colorado National Speedway
(Photo Courtesy Timothy Nwachukwu/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Via NASCAR Media

Dacono, Colo - Only two yellow flags slowed Saturday Night's NAPA Auto Parts 175 at Colorado National Speedway. That didn't slow down Bob Bruncati Racing as Derek Thorn was able to take the victory. In addition, Thorn's teammates Ryan Partridge and Trevor Huddleston finished second and third

"Coloradio National has been good to us," Thorn said. "To have the Sunrise Fords one-two-three tonight, I think that's a first for us, just really pround of Partridge and Huddleston and all the guys at the show wo work really hard for this."

Thorn's Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Eibach Springs Ford finished 2.752 ahead of Partridge. It was the second race in a row that Thorn and Partridge finished 1-2 as Partridge won the previous race at Orange Show Speedway. Huddleston's third notched his best finish in his sixth career start.

Derek Kraus was the pole sitter and held the early lead over Thorn and Cole Rouse. The lead changed hands several times before Partridge slicked his way to the front from his seventh starting position. He would lead the field to the competition caution on lap 88.

During the competition yellow, the field pitted while Devin Dodson stayed out and inherited the lead. Dodson's stay out front didn't last long as Partridge was able to retain the lead.

Lap 136 saw Thorn maneuver and pass Partridge for the lead. the 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion was able to maintain the lead the race the rest of the way for his first win in 2018.

Thorn's victory moved him into the lead in the season long points battle. Thorn leads Partridge by two points.

“We are going to enjoy the moment, it’s a long year in the K&N series. You gotta take every race one race at a time because you never know what’s going to happen. Hopefully we’re there at the end of the year for a championship.” Thorn said

Two Bill McAnally cars finished out the top five as Kraus place fourth and Hailie Deegan took fifth. The rest of the top 10 included Cole Rouse, Kody Vanderwal, Mat Levin, Dodson and Vanessa Robinson.

The NAPA Auto Parts 175 at Colorado National Speedway is set to air on NBCSN on June 14th at 6:00 PM ET.

The series will return to action Saturday, June 23rd for the Carneros 200 at Sonoma Raceway in Northern California's wine country.

Jason Christley
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 310-6094

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-Colorado 175 Results
Saturday At Colorado National Speedway Erie, CO
Lap length: 0.37 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (2) Derek Thorn, Lakeport, CA, Ford, 175 laps, 101.657 mph.
2. (7) Ryan Partridge, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Ford, 175.
3. (6) Trevor Huddleston, Agoura Hills, Calif., Ford, 175.
4. (1) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 175.
5. (5) Hailie Deegan, Temecula, CA, Toyota, 175.
6. (4) Cole Rouse, Fort Smith, Ark., Toyota, 175.
7. (3) Kody Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 174.
8. (10) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 174.
9. (8) Devin Dodson, Ocean City, MD, Ford, 174.
10. (9) Vanessa Robinson, Las Cruces, N.M., Ford, 174.
11. (12) Rudy Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Dodge, 174.
12. (11) Todd Souza, Aromas, Calif., Toyota, 173.
13. (14) John Wood, Eagle, ID, Chevrolet, 168.
14. (13) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Chevrolet, 167.
15. (15) Cassie Gannis, Phoenix, AZ, Toyota, 154, rear end.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 0 hours 38 minutes 13 seconds
Margin of Victory: 2.752 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: D.Kraus (78.187 mph, 17.036 seconds)
Caution Flags: 2 for 12 laps.
Lead Changes: 7 among 5 drivers.
Lap Leaders: D. Kraus 1-10; D. Thorn 11-17; C. Rouse 18-22; D. Thorn 23-60; R. Partridge 61-91; D. Dodson 92-95; R. Partridge 96-135; D. Thorn 136-175.
Standings: 1. D. Thorn, 217; 2. R. Partridge, 215; 3. D. Kraus, 203; 4. C. Rouse, 199; 5. K. Vanderwal, 192; 6. T. Huddleston, 189; 7. H. Deegan, 188; 8. M. Levin, 167; 9. T. Souza, 154; 10. T. Koga, 141.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Derek Kraus Drops The Hammer In Bakersfield

Via NASCAR Media

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Kern County Raceway Park is in Kevin Harvick’s hometown, but the track is clearly Derek Kraus’s kingdom.

Kraus solidified his claim to the throne by use of force en route to his second straight NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win at Kern County Raceway Park in the Bakersfield 175 presented by NAPA Auto Parts.

Battling Harvick for the lead on the final restart, Kraus’ Toyota pushed Harvick up the track in Turn 4 and knocked the hottest driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series out of contention.

Harvick slide back to ninth, while Kraus’ teammate, Cole Rouse, took the lead in that melee. But Rouse eventually ceded it to Kraus in lapped traffic on Lap 159.

“That was really fun,” Kraus said. “Going into 3 and 4 inside of Kevin, I really didn’t mean to get into him. I thought we were three ride and I entered a little higher than I normally would with a guy inside of me. I hate it for him, but that’s short track racing so you’ve got to get through that.”

Harvick spent the past week championing grass roots, short track racing and his entry in the Bakersfield 175 helped pack the grandstands Thursday night. And all signs pointed to a happy Harvick homecoming as he started from the pole and led the first 132 laps.

When asked if he was surprised about the final restart, Harvick said he “was surprised I got run over” but thanked the fans who came out for the 2018 K&N Pro Series West season opener.

For Kraus, he started his 2018 right where he left off last year: In Victory Lane at Kern. The 16-year-old from Stratford, Wisconsin, capped his 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year campaign with his first career series’ win in the finale, and looked ready to assume the mantle of the No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota. Kraus moved into the ride vacated by two-time series champion Todd Gilliland, who has moved up to the national series.

Derek Thorn finished second, followed by Rouse. Without a caution in the closing laps to close the field, Harvick was only able to get back to fourth at the finish. Ryan Partridge rounded out the top five, setting the stage for what looks like a year-long battle between Bob Bruncati’s Sunrise Ford team with Thorn and Partridge, and the Bill McAnally Racing stable that saw Kraus and Rouse running up front.

In fact, Bruncati’s third car of Trevor Huddleston finished sixth, while BMR’s Hailie Deegan was seventh in her series debut. Fellow rookies Austin Herzog, Rod Johnson Jr. and Reid Lanpher followed to round out the top 10.

Fans can watch all of the action at 11 p.m. ET, March 20 on NBCSN.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West returns to the track on Saturday, May 5 with twin 100-lap features at Arizona’s Tucson Speedway.

Jason Christley
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
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NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-Bakersfield 175 presented by NAPA Auto Parts Results
At Kern County Raceway Park
Lap length: 0.5 miles

(Start position in parentheses)
1. (6) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 175 laps, 64.762 mph.
2. (12) Derek Thorn, Lakeport, Calif., Ford, 175.
3. (2) Cole Rouse, Fort Smith, Ark., Toyota, 175.
4. (1) Kevin Harvick, Charlotte, NC, Ford, 175.
5. (5) Ryan Partridge, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Ford, 175.
6. (9) Trevor Huddleston, Agoura Hills, Calif., Ford, 175.
7. (8) Hailie Deegan, Temecula, Calif, Toyota, 175.
8. (11) Austin Herzog, Clovis, Calif., Ford, 175.
9. (14) Rod Johnson Jr., Canyon Country, Calif., Ford, 175.
10. (10) Reid Lanpher, Manchester, Maine, Ford, 175.
11. (13) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 174.
12. (3) David Mayhew, Atascadero, Calif., Chevrolet, 174.
13. (16) Ron Norman, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 174.
14. (19) Bill Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Chevrolet, 174.
15. (18) Travis Milburn, Eagle, Idaho, Chevrolet, 174.
16. (4) Will Rodgers, Solvang, Calif., Ford, 174.
17. (23) Salvatore Iovino, Los Angeles, Calif., Ford, 160.
18. (21) Rich DeLong III, Santa Clarita, Calif., Chevrolet, 155.
19. (22) Andrew Tuttle, Eagle, Idaho, Chevrolet, 155.
20. (20) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Chevrolet, 132.
21. (7) Kody Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 128, overheating.
22. (15) Todd Souza, Aromas, Calif., Toyota, 89, accident.
23. (17) Jesse Iwuji, Carrolton, Texas, Chevrolet, 78.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 21 minutes 4 seconds
Margin of Victory: 1.154 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: K.Harvick (99.124 mph, 18.159 seconds)
Caution Flags: 5 for 21 laps.
Lead Changes: 2 among 3 drivers.
Lap Leaders: K. Harvick 1-132; C. Rouse 133-158; D. Kraus 159-175.
Standings: 1. D. Kraus, 47; 2. D. Thorn, 42; 3. C. Rouse, 42; 4. K. Harvick, 42; 5. R. Partridge, 39; 6. T. Huddleston, 38; 7. H. Deegan, 37; 8. A. Herzog, 36; 9. R. Johnson,Jr., 35; 10. R. Lanpher, 34.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Thorn survives rough and tumble SRL race

Spears SRL Southwest Tour Series Renner Petroleum/Bear River Hotel and Casino 125
winner, #43 Derek Thorn (Photo Courtesy Matthew J. Sullivan Racing Photography)

By Matthew J. Sullivan

Redwood Acres Raceway was at full capacity this past Saturday night for Bear River Hotel and Casino/Renner Petroleum Night at the Races. In addition to four local classes of roadrunners, bombers, mini stocks and Legends, fans were treated to the Spears SRL Southwest Tour Series’ third visit to the 3/8-mile paved oval. The SRL’s Renner Petroleum/Bear River Hotel and Casino 125 proved to be a memorable race for a variety of reasons.

Bethany Rapp was fast time for the California State and Federal Employees Credit Union with a 21.064. Dominic Vogelsang was the trophy dash winner while the heat races were won by Bob Ratzloff and Vogelsang. The main event was scheduled for 20-laps but was marred by several caution flags. The scariest incident involved Tim Ratzloff who got sideways in turns one and two and slid into the pit entrance in turn two. Thankfully nobody was harmed and Ratzloff somehow avoided getting damage.

At lap 10, the field was turned around and ran the track backwards. The battle up front between Rapp and Vogelsang proved to be contentious and controversial. Vogelsang appeared to have the superior car and was able to take the lead from Rapp but was moved back to second due to driving through the dirt to make the pass. With three laps remaining, Vogelsang got into Rapp sending her sliding out of the lead much to the dismay of the fans. Officials black flagged Vogelsang which gave Bob Ratzloff the top spot. The race was called at that point with Ratzloff winning over Tyler Peach, Jake Keeling and Rapp.

Ukiah racer, R.J. Randall was quick time for the Fortuna Wheel and Brake bomber division with a 18.133. Randall took the trophy dash victory while the heat race featured an incident that knocked Ryan Ahrens out for the race. James Moore was the heat race winner. Dave Jones led the opening four laps of the 25-lap feature until Moore took over. The race looked to be Moore’s until a restart in the final handful of laps did him in. Jones was able to take the lead with three laps remaining and held off Moore to claim the win. The top three drivers were awarded a special monetary bonus thanks to Lally Motorsports and Four Star Realty with Moore and Tyler Avelar being the other two drivers receiving the extra money. John Lally placed fourth while Jimmy Sorrels rounded out the top five.

Dylan Hagmann continues to impress in his rookie campaign in the Humboldt Hydroponics mini stock division. Hagmann set quick time with a 18.949. Gary Klinetobe took trophy dash honors while heat race winners were Brian Murrell, Sr. and Eugene Palmer. A strong field of 15 cars started the 25-lap feature. Troy Lee and Jordon Paiment traded the lead the first two laps before Brett Murrell took over. Hagmann had already maneuvered through by lap seven and on lap eight, he took over the lead and would never look back. The best battle for the rest of the race was for second with Daniel Buell and Rick Estes battling tooth and nail. At the finish it was Hagmann winning his first mini stock feature. Estes managed to take second followed by Buell, Klinetobe and Sam Brown.

Brad Curtice was fast time in the Legends division with a 18.114 and went on to win the trophy dash and heat races. The main event featured a two-man battle for the lead between Robert Miller and Curtice. With just three laps remaining, Miller and Curtice got together off turn two. Anissa Curtice inherited the lead and was able to hang on to take her first Legends main event win. Brad Curtice placed second while Miller and M’Kinzy Uselton were credited with third and fourth.

16 Spears SRL Southwest Tour drivers qualified for the Renner Petroleum/Bear River Casino 125. Blaine Rocha set quick time and a new SRL Redwood Acres Raceway track record with a 15.410. Rocha drew an invert of four which put local driver, Brandon White on the pole, much to the delight of the partisan crowd. White took the lead from the drop of the green flag in what proved to be a clean start. The first caution dropped 10 laps in due to a spin off turn four by Oregon racer, Alan Cress.

A lap 19 restart proved to be to the benefit of Derek Thorn as he was able to get by Jacob Gomes for second. White and Thorn had a fantastic battle for the lead with Thorn briefly taking the top position on lap 24. However, White was able to regain the lead. On lap 38, Thorn found the line he needed to maneuver past White for the lead. A lap later, Andre Prescott hit the wall in turn three from that point on, the race was caution-filled.

On lap 36, a massive pile-up took place in turn three involving Carlos Vieira, Alan Cress and Dennis Furden. All four drivers were knocked out of the race. Also involved were Craig Raudman and Luke Hall but drivers were able to continue. The race slowed again a few laps later when Raudman and and Hall got together going into turn three. Another caution quickly followed when White spun going into the third turn and hit the wall ending his night.

Thorn led the field on the restart and the race was clean the rest of the way. Rocha was right on Thorn’s bumper for the early stages of the long run but as the race progressed, Thorn’s car appeared to be more stable and Rocha’s appeared to lose grip. Thorn began to pull bigger gap lap after lap. Rocha eventually lost the second spot to Gomes just before the final caution flew for oil on the track. Unfortunately due to curfew, the race was cut to 102 laps with Thorn taking the win over Gomes, Rocha, Ryan Cansdale and Keith Spangler.

Racing at the Acres takes a two week break before returning on August 20th for Driver Appreciation Night presented by Fastenal. Fans can get complimentary tickets from their favorite driver. In addition to the five local classes, the second annual Murrell 500 will be held. Track officials also announced the return of the Fall Spectacular on October 8th and 9th. More details will be provided on the season-ending event soon. Also, the final outlaw kart race of 2016 will take place August 27th. It’s certain to be an exciting event as youngsters will take to the .110-dirt oval for the final time this season. For more information on everything going on at Redwood Acres Raceway including video of the Spears SRL Southwest Tour race from this weekend, please visit the track’s official website

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Spears SRL Southwest Tour returns to the Acres

Spears SRL Southwest Tour Series point leader, Derek Thorn
(Photo Courtesy Matthew J. Sullivan Racing Photography)

By Matthew J. Sullivan

For the third time in the Spears SRL Southwest Tour Series’ history, the super late model touring division will visit Eureka’s Redwood Acres Raceway. The SRL tour cars first visited the Acres in 2013 and returned to the 3/8-mile paved oval in 2014.

Many of the top super late model drivers on the west coast are set to participate in the 125-lap main event presented by Renner Petroleum and Bear River Hotel and Casino. Perhaps the biggest name is SRL series point leader, Derek Thorn. Though he currently resides in Bakersfield, Thorn was born in Lakeport, California. Thorn has three wins in 2016 including in the most recent SRL race at Madera Speedway on July 16th. He was the 2013 NASCAR K&N West Series champion and has 27 career wins in the Spears SRL Southwest Tour Series.

Thorn is no stranger to the Acres. The 30-year old driver raced IMCA modifieds at RAR in the early 00s before moving to the now defunct North State Challenge late model series. Thorn won three NSCS races at Redwood Acres Raceway between 2005 and 2006. More recently, Thorn has made a name for himself on the national stage, in particular the prestigious Snowball Derby in Pensacola, Florida where he has three top 10 finishes in four races including a third in 2014.

Another top driver who will be making only his second start in the SRL series this season is Upper Lake’s Jeremy Doss. At only 19-years old, Doss is making a big name for himself in super late model racing circles. Just a few weeks ago, Doss won the coveted Montana 200 at Montana Raceway Park in Kalispell, Montana. Doss is a member of the Kulwicki Driver Development program named after the 1992 NASCAR Spring Cup Series champion, Alan Kulwicki. Like Thorn, Doss also has experience taming Redwood Acres Raceway. Doss won a 2012 Pacific Challenge Series race at the Acres and currently holds the series’ fast time mark with a 15.413.

Eureka’s Brandon White will be looking for his second career win in the SRL series at his home track on Saturday night. White’s only win came in 2014 at Madera Speedway. The 2016 SRL season has not treated White so kind as it’s been a struggle for the 19-year old. White’s only top 10 so far in the season came at the season opening race at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. White hopes his victory at the Acres in the Don Graham Memorial Firecracker 100 in July will provide the momentum he needs to take a win in front of his home town fans.

Alderpoint’s Luke Hall will be making his first Spears SRL Southwest Tour start Saturday night. Hall is a regular in RAR’s late model division. Roseburg, Oregon’s Brandon Ash will also be racing as well as Stayton, Oregon’s Alan Cress. Ash finished third in the Don Graham Memorial Firecracker 100 earlier this season while Cress has numerous late model starts at Redwood Acres Raceway.

Gates open at 4:00 PM on Saturday with the qualifying for the Spears SRL Southwest Tour cars taking place at 6:00 PM. The local late model and Thunder Roadster divisions will have the night off. In between the heat races and main events, fans will have the opportunity to meet the stars of the SRL on the front straightaway. Presale tickets for this weekend’s Renner Petroleum/Bear River Hotel and Casino 125 are available at Fortuna Wheel & Brake. For more information on this weekend’s SRL race and everything going on at Redwood Acres Raceway please visit the track’s official website,