Thorn Is Dominant At Stockton
STOCKTON, Calif. — Derek Thorn dominated the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West competition at Stockton 99 Speedway on Saturday in winning the G-Oil 150.
It marked the third career series win for the 27-year-old Lakeport, Calif., driver – who led all 150 laps of the race.
Sergio Pena grabbed second with a late-race move to get past Cameron Hayley. Luis Tyrrell, making his series debut, finished fourth, with three-time series champion Eric Holmes fifth.
Although Thorn paced the entire event, he faced continual challenges from Hayley, who started from the pole position. Thorn wrestled the lead from Hayley at the drop of the initial green and then held him off following numerous restarts.
The competition behind the lead duo was just as fierce, as competitors battled their way around the tight quarter-mile oval. Eight laps from the finish, Pena dove to the inside of the front two to make it three-wide for the lead coming through Turn 4. Although he was not able to get by Thorn, Pena did get second from Hayley. The action throughout the pack increased in intensity in the final laps, with plenty of contact between various competitors charging to the checkered flag.
When the smoke had cleared, sixth through 10th were Dallas Montes, Giles Thornton, Brett Thompson, Dylan Lupton and Greg Pursley.
With the win, Thorn took the points lead over Hayley (88-84). Pursley, who won the opener at Phoenix, dropped to third with 82 points.
Derek Thorn, Sergio Pena, Cameron Hayley, Luis Tyrrell, Eric Holmes, Dallas Montes, Giles Thornton, Brett Thompson, Dylan Lupton, Greg Pursley, Carl Harr, John Wood, Jamie Krzysik, Griffin Steinfeld, Michael Self, Bobby Runyan Jr., Carlos Vieira, Cole Custer, Dylan Hutchison, Taylor Cuzick, Daryl Harr, Travis Milburn, Jacob Gomes, Ryan Philpott.