DACONO, Colo. — Not even the rain could cool off Derek Thorn on this night. The Lakeport, Calif., native held off all challengers en route to winning the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Colorado National Speedway on Saturday night.
After a short rain delayed the start of the race, Thorn wasted no time in asserting himself on the track from the pole position. He dominated the action, leading 148 of 150 laps en route to his second consecutive victory, third win of the season and fifth career series win.
In his only other series visit to the CNS, Thorn finished second last year.
Jamie Krzysik made a late push to take a career-best runner-up spot, moving past third-place finisher Cameron Hayley in the closing stages of the race. Hayley, who challenged Thorn throughout the event, managed to wrestle the top spot away on two occasions – but could only hold the lead for a lap each time. Fifteen-year-old series rookie Giles Thornton had a career-best fourth-place finish, followed by Greg Pursley in fifth.
With the win, Thorn increased his lead in the championship standings to 13 points over Michael Self.
Derek Thorn, Jamie Krzysik, Cameron Hayley, Giles Thornton, Greg Pursley, Michael Self, Taylor Cuzick, Eric Holmes, Brett Thompson, Dylan Lupton, Travis Milburn, Daryl Harr, Anthony Giannone, Carl Harr, Jack Chisholm, Bill Kann, Dylan Hutchison, John Wood, Jack Sellers.