Derek Thorn has multiple goals this coming weekend, when the Spears Srl Southwest TourSeries heads to Kern County Raceway for the “Bulwark Protective Apparel October Classic”. His first order of business will be to wrap up his second NASCAR K&N Pro Series Championship, in his last two efforts in the series. By merely starting the feature, and finishing 21st, the driver from Lakeport, CA who now resides in Bakersfield, will assure himself of that goal.

His second goal will be to finish victorious in the “NAPA Auto Parts 175 presented by West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame” on Saturday evening. He will be looking for victory number three on the season in the “West”, while finishing every event in the top-10.

Finally on Sunday afternoon, Thorn will take on 29 other SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour drivers, in hopes of scoring a victory at his home track, for the second time this season. The “Bulwark FR 175 presented by Coleman Powersports” will feature “competition” cautions and an eight tire rule, similar to the Winter Showdown. As for the format, Thorn is taking a wait and see approach.

“The format is yet to be determined, as far as my opinion”, Thorn told the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series. “We’re all in the same boat, so we are going to go out and see how it turns out.”

Thorn feels privileged to be in the position he is in, for this weekend’s October Classic.

“I’m just fortunate to be driving for two great teams. I’m just hoping for two great runs in both the 6 and 43.”

Thorn will be looking to score the $7,000 SRL win, thanks to the “Winner’s Bonus” from FLUIDYNE High Performance and AKM Maintenance. Thorn is a four-time series champion, and the leading money winner in series history. On Sunday afternoon, Thorn will wheel his Byron CampbellMotorsports, Race for Autism, Surface Pumps, Inc, Fury Race Cars, Hronis Racing, LLC Toyota to what he hopes will be his record 36th career series win. And Thorn would love to write his name in the record books, as the very first October Classic Winner, at the new Kern County Raceway.

As one 29 year tradition ended at Mesa Marin Raceway in 2005, let a new one begin on the west side of Bakersfield in 2018.