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NEWS

DEREK THORN TAKES THE WIN AT RAIN-SHORTENED BLACKJACK 121

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Lav Vegas, NV – Uncustomary rain showers kept track workers busy at the beloved 3/8-mile short track as the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series visited for the Blackjack 121, and the race was called at the 62-lap mark with all-time series winner Derek Thorn earning the rain-shortened victory.

Thorn, who led the series’ 125-lap feature at The Bullring in November through 50 laps before having car trouble, won for the seventh time at the track and secured his 25th career SPEARS Southwest Tour Series win.

Thorn, of Bakersfield, Calif., took control of the race within the first few laps and never looked back, easily re-taking the lead after a scheduled caution at the 25-lap mark. Rain returned to force another caution around the 40-lap mark, and Thorn led the field around the track through 62 laps before the race was called.

SPEARS Southwest Tour Series Blackjack 121 results (Rain-shortened to 62 laps)
1. Derek Thorn; 2. Parker Stephens (-0.771 of a second); 3. Christian McGhee (-1.610); 4. Jacob Gomes (-3.563); 5. Blaine Rocha (-4.164); 6. Ryan Cansdale (-5.091); 7. Jeremy Doss (-5.682); 8. Brandon White (-6.806); 9. Bobby Hodges (-7.814); 10. Keith Spangler (-9.085); 11. Noah Gragson (-9.889); 12. Eric Richardson (-10.860); 13. Carlos Vieira (-11.777); 14. Austin Reed (-12.830); 15. Ken Benhamou (-14.961); 16. Matthew Meech (-1 lap); 17. Andre Prescott (-29 laps); 18. Trevor Huddleston (-51 laps).