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Thorn Capitalized on Misfortune to Secure October Classic Victory at Kern County Raceway

Photo Credit: Sal Sigala Jr.
Photo Credit: Sal Sigala Jr.

Bakersfield, CA – Derek Thorn finished off a near perfect SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series season Saturday night, by being declared the winner of the "Bulwark 'FR October Classic 150" at Kern County Raceway. Thorn was proclaimed the winner when Preston Peltier was found to have to much left side weight in post-race tech. The driver of the Campbell Motorsports Toyota earned the Motor City Throwdown Challenge Bonus of $3,500 to take home $10,500 for the night and push his season earnings to $90,700 in the series. With the win he also clinched his record sixth series championship.

A restart found Thorn moving by Farrington for the runner-up position, with Jeremy Doss making his way to sixth behind Gomes and Kole Raz, before a lap 33 caution for Dylan Garner and Utah driver Jeff Hillock. As the green flew again, Raz and Doss took advantage of the outside line to advance, as Peltier did the same to maintain the lead. The trio of Raz, Farrington and Doss engaged in a fierce battle for third, as by lap 50, Thorn had chased down Peltier, ducking down inside the five-time Easter Bunny winner.

Thorn was advanced to his 58th career victory with 2018 SRL Champion Jeremy Doss second. Dan Holtz ended a tough luck streak, finishing third. Kyle Keller ran a steady race and scored the "Rookie-of-the-Race" Award in fourth. Cale Kanke racked up his third top-five of the season in fifth. The second half of the top-10 consisted of 2020 SRL Championship runner-up Carlos Vieira, series veterans Keith Spangler and Scott Sanchez, 2015 SRL Champion Jacob Gomes and Irwindale Speedway and ARCA Menards Pro Series West star Trevor Huddleston.