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Stock-car champ Derek Thorn recalls growing up on Lakeport Speedway

By Joe Kukura on Jun 03, 2015

Stock-car racing champion Derek Thorn didn’t become a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champ (2013) and the two-time defending Spears SRL Southwest Tour champion (2012, 2014) overnight. He used to be an 8-year-old kid racing go-karts on a dirt track at Lakeport Speedway  in Lakeport, California. Now a six-time champion on asphalt and dirt, Thorn looks back on his racing career and where it all started. Thorn grew up in Lakeport "from day one-and-a-half on,” he said. “My family’s been in Lakeport, I was raised in Lakeport, went to school in Lakeport, graduated from Lakeport. Everything I’ve done up until the time I was 20 was in Lakeport.” And it wasn’t long before he was racing at Lakeport, albeit on a little dirt track. “My dad got me into go-karts when I was 8 years old,” he said. “Inside of L

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