Aug 14,2021 Congratulations to Derek Thorn and the entire Campbell Motorsports team as they once again proved why Derek is looked upon as one of the best short track racers in the Nation. The big win on Saturday night came at The New Stockton 99 Speedway, racing in the Spears Srl Southwest Tour. Derek started from the rear of the field by taking the “Back to the Back Challenge.” The win netted him a cool $26,000 payday, which included $10,000 for the win, $1000.00 for leading at the break, and an additional $15,000 for starting from the rear of this 227 lap event. The race lived up to the “Wild West Shootout” theme it was given with many cautions and multiple red flags for some crazy racing action. Congratulations to Derek Thorn and the entire Campbell Motorsports team as they once again proved why Derek is looked upon as one of the best short track racers in the Nation. The big win on Saturday night came at The New Stockton 99 Speedway, racing in the Spears Srl Southwest Tour. Derek started from the rear of the field by taking the “Back to the Back Challenge.” The win netted him a cool $26,000 payday, which included $10,000 for the win, $1000.00 for leading at the break, and an additional $15,000 for starting from the rear of this 227 lap event. The race lived up to the “Wild West Shootout” theme it was given with many cautions and multiple red flags for some crazy racing action. Derek asked about his Strategy: My strategy was just to survive”, Thorn explained about his strategy to take the challenge to start in the back. “227 laps around this place, you figure survival is all it is about. Mike Keen gave us an awesome car, and this entire team has worked so hard to get us where we are at. This is the opportunity of a lifetime, given to us by Team Owners Byron and Carol Campbell and I am enjoying every moment of it, It is something special, it is like family to us and it is great to be a part of it.
New Track Record Leading the most laps in the 2020 Snowball Derby, leading over 252 out of 300 laps.
2020 Snowball Derby Pole 2nd place finish
2020 Snowflake Pole
2020 SRL Southwest Tour Champion
2020 Winter Showdown Champion
2019 Snowball Derby pole
2018 NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West Champion
2017 SRL SPEARS Southwest Tour Champion
2017 Winter Showdown Champion
2016 SRL SPEARS Southwest Tour Champion
2015-17 Three consecutive Winter Showdown poles
2013-15 Three consecutive Snowball Derby top-tens
2014 SRL SPEARS Southwest Tour Champion
2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West Champion
2012 SRL SPEARS Southwest Tour Champion
2012 Pole and win in NASCAR K&N Pro Series debut at Havasu 95 Speedway
2011 Pole and 7th place finish at Toyota All-Star Showdown in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series
2010 3rd place at Toyota All-Star Showdown in Super Late Model
2010 SRL Southwest Tour: 2 track records, 2 wins, and 3rd in the points standings.
2009 Winner of the 20th Annual Deake Lyndall Memorial Super Late Model at Lakeport
2008 NASCAR Camping World East Series: 5 top-ten qualifying efforts in 6 starts
2008 ASA Late Model Challenge: Top-five finishes at O’Reilly Raceway Park and Milwaukee Mile
2007 ASA Late Model Challenge: 8 top-tens and fifth in series points as a rookie
2006 2nd place finish in the North vs. South All Star 400 in Nashville. 4th place finish at the Oktoberfest in Lacrosse, WI
2006 North State Challenge Late Models: 2 wins and 2nd in points
2005 North State Challenge Late Models: 3 wins, 6 poles, Rookie of the Year, 3rd in points
2004 Shasta Raceway Park Modifieds: 8 wins and track champion
2003 Lakeport Speedway Modifieds: 3rd in points and Rookie of the Year
2002 Lakeport Speedway Street Stocks: 8 wins and track champion
1994-2000 Winged Outlaw Karts: 2 championships, 26 wins, 32 poles.
Derek Thorn being asked how he felt about the restart and pass that took him out of the lead.
Derek looked into the crowd and asked
"WAS THAT A CLEAN PASS"
The crowd erupted with boo's, finger gestures and other obscenities all aimed at Smith as thy showed the disapproval on the pass. Thorn then said
I'll let the fans do the talking for me
Derek Thorn Captures Record Third Straight Snowball Pole, not only setting a record for the pole but also a record for leading the most consecutive laps (287 of 300) in the 54th year history of the prestigious Snowball Derby. Thorn dominated the weekend winning the poles in both the Snowflake and the Snowball Derby. Saturday's Snowflake race is one of the biggest pro late model races in America, Thorn started on the pole and lead all 100 laps for the win bringing home a $15,000 payday. Sunday's Snowball Derby race Thorn lead every lap until a late race caution that let Chandler Smith start side by side with Thorn with only 13 laps to go that would change the race outcome. Smith stated he knew he was not as fast as Thorn and if he had any chance to get in the lead he needed to do it on the restart. In turn three into turn four with Thorn just ahead of Smith, Smith ran into Thorns left rear bumper sending Thorn up the track and Smith taking 1st with only 12 laps to go! It was more then a simple bump and run, with a camera mounted in the back of the car on the fuel cell showed that Smith ran almost all the way to the fuel cell lifting the back of the car. When Smith emerged out of his car in victory lane the crowd erupted booing him ( see below video). Smith's was asked about the move that put him in 1st place he said hey its the Snowball Derby and I did what I had to do to win.
Team Owners: Byron & Carol Campbell
Keeping my boy's fed
Thorn Captures Record Third Straight Snowball Derby Pole, also the Snow Flake Pole and Win
$26,000 Payday at Stockton 99 Speedway Aug 14,2021
Crew Chief Mike Keen
Team Owners: Byron & Carol Campbell
Southwest Tour 2021 Dates and Finishes https://www.srlsouthwesttour.com
Feb-6th Engine Failure
Mar- 20th... WINNER-Derek Thorn July 17th ...WINNER-Derek Thorn
April-10th ...WINNER- Derek Thorn Aug 14th...WINNER-Derek Thorn $26,000
May 1ST ....WINNER-Derek Thorn Sept 18th...WINNER-Derek Thorn
June 26th... WINNER-Derek Thorn Oct 23rd ...WINNER-Derek Thorn