Sunday, June 23, 2013

Thorn Grabs K&N West Win At Sonoma

Makes Late-Race Charge To Capture First Road Course Victory
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SONOMA, Calif. - Derek Thorn charged to the lead late in the event and held on in a green-white-checkered finish to win the Carneros 200 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday.

The victory on the 1.99-mile, 10-turn track marked the second win this season, fourth career victory and first on a road course for the driver from Lakeport, Calif.

Cameron Hayley slipped by Michael Self on the last lap to take second. David Mayhew followed in fourth, with Paulie Harraka finishing fifth.


1 Derek Thorn
2 Cameron Hayley
3 Michael Self
4 David Mayhew
5 Paulie Harraka

Thorn, who finished second at Sonoma a year ago, appeared to save his tires as Hayley and Self battled for the lead. He became the sixth leader of the day when he charged past Self for the lead on Lap 53. Thorn pulled away in a late-race restart and then charged away again after the seventh caution of the day extended the race for a green-white-checkered finish. His No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Eibach Ford crossed the finish line 1.493 seconds ahead of Hayley.

Completing the top 10 were Travis Milburn, Kelly Admiraal, Dylan Lypton, Eric Holmes and Dave Smith.

With the victory, Thorn regained the lead in the championship standings. He leads with 258 points over Self, with 255. Hayley is third with 247. Greg Pursley, who faded to finish 21st after running up front at Sonoma, is fourth in points at 225. Lupton is fifth at 218. Rounding out the top 10 are Carl Harr at 195, Taylor Cuzick at 185, Dylan Hutchison at 182, Brett Thompson at 182 and Daryl Harr at 178.

This was the sixth of 15 races on this year’s series schedule and the second of three road course events on tap in 2013.

The Carneros 200 is scheduled to air on SPEED on Thursday, July 18 at 3 p.m. ET.

The next event on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule is at Colorado National Speedway in Dacono, Colo., on July 27.


Derek Thorn records his second victory of 2013 and first at Sonoma Raceway.
Courtesy Getty Images for NASCAR

By Kevin W. Green, NASCAR
June 22, 2013 - 6:55pm

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