BY MIKE GRIFFITH
The Bakersfield Californian
Thorn rids himself of “monkey” with victory at KCRP
The frustration Derek Thorn has had with Kern
County Raceway Park came to an end on Saturday
Thorn shattered the track record in qualifying (the
old mark was his as well), then went on to do
something he had never done: Win a Spears Southwest
Tour race on his home track.
Thorn took the lead for good from fellow Bakersfield
driver David Mayhew on the 24th lap and pulled away
for a 2.9-second victory over Mayhew in the DC's RV
Center 100 on the paved half-mile oval.
"All of us have been working hard to get this win,"
Thorn said. "We live 20 miles from here. This was on
top of our list."
Thorn came into the race with 21 wins in 51
Southwest Tour races, but a pair of runner-ups were
his best finishes in three previous outings at KCRP.
"Man, all the talk about us finishing second here,
it was nice to get the monkey off our backs," Thorn
It was the second straight win for Thorn, who
started defense of his series championship with a
win last month in Madera.
Mayhew took the lead on the 11th lap, and Thorn
moved into second close behind. Thorn stalked Mayhew
for several laps, trying to get by several times on
the low side. He did so on lap 22, but Mayhew edged
back in front on the next lap.
Thorn was inches ahead on lap 24 then slid in front
of Mayhew on the next circuit. From that point on,
it was all Thorn.
CENTER 100 HIGHLIGHTS RACE WEEKEND AT KCRP
2015) - The
Spears Manufacturing Southwest Tour makes its season
debut at Kern County Raceway Park this Saturday Night.
The “DC’S RV Center 100” presented by Racing for Wishes,
is the “Main Event” for a great line up of racing action
at KCRP on April 18th.
The Spears Southwest Tour Series “Where the Champions
Race” features some of the best drivers in the West
driving ultra-fast late model style cars. Along with the
popular Spears Southwest Tour, The NASCAR Spec Mods, The
SRL S – 2 Series, and The SRL Legends will complete the
Over 20 drivers are
pre-registered for the “DC’S RV Center 100”, which is
the second points race of season for the series in 2015.
The field will see a slew of local drivers, including
David Meyhew in the MMI #17, Kevin Callahan piloting the
Bedrosian Tile #32, The RTS #99 of Tim Smith, Former
NASCAR and SRL Southwest Tour Champ M.K. Kanke in his
RPM –PSI #33, and the series Defending champ and all
time wins leader, Derek thorn in the Four Star Fruit
Local drivers will face serious competition from drivers
all over the West. Including Craig Raudman, Donny St.
Ours, Brandon White, Blain Rocha, Greg Voigt, Carlos
Viera, and Toni McCray. All with their sights set on
taking home the $3,500 payday and trying to catch Derek
Thorn who took home the season opener at Madera on March
SHEPHERD, 15, GETS FIRST LATE MODEL WIN AT
BY LOUIS AMESTOY The Bakersfield Californian
Brian Richardson didn't think much about the 10-car
NASCAR Late Model field for
Saturday night's main event at Kern County Raceway
Park. It's not about the size of the field, but the
quality of the race, Richardson argued.
"The racing will be great," Richardson said during
an autograph session.
The defending Kern County Raceway Park Late Model
champion, proved to be correct as the Late Models
put on a tremendous show Saturday in two 35-lap
races, where the veterans battled a slew of talented
youngsters, including Buddy Shepherd.
In the first Late Model race, Shepherd was able to
hold off a pressing Eric Richardson in the first
race for his first main event victory of his career.
The 15-year-old Centennial High freshman battled
Richardson, who won the class debut two weeks ago
with a dominating performance in a 75-lap race, and
held him off on a key restart late.
"I'm glad to finally get one at this track," said
Shepherd, who won a major Late Model race at Madera
last month. "
It was on lap 27 when Shepherd had to fight off the
charge of Eric Richardson in the No. 44 car.
"I made sure I had a good spotter up there who told
me how far away he was," Shepherd said.
In the second Late Model race, which closed out the
night, Lance Wilson had a furious late battle
against Brian Richardson for the victory. In
qualifying, Wilson had the fastest qualifying mark
and proved it in the finale.
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