Derek Thorn became the first driver since Chase Elliott in 2013 to sweep pole positions when he set fast time in Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 qualifying Saturday afternoon. He turned a lap of 16.678 during his run, just one-one hundredth of a second faster than Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway track champion Dylan Fetcho.
“Hats off, Mike Keen has done an awesome job getting these cars fast for this weekend,” Thorn said on the Speed51.TV broadcast. “To have a Pro Late and a Super Late against some of the best drivers in the country in the biggest race of the year, to be able to start on the front row for both I’m just lucky to be able to drive it.”
The California driver will chase after his second consecutive Snowflake 100 win later tonight from the pole after starting on the outside front row in 2019. Thorn led the final 36 laps in last year’s race to beat out Augie Grill and Sammy Smith to pick up a win.
As he heads into tonight’s Snowflake 100, Thorn has an open mind with how to approach the race.
“I don’t really have a strategy, I raced against (Stephen) Nasse at Nashville and got a little physical with him. I don’t expect anybody to take it easy on us. You have to try to find a balance to not use your stuff up but also not fall backwards at the same time.
Stephen Nasse, Ryan Luza and Josh Hicks rounded out the top-five in Snowflake 100 qualifying. Dylan “Black Mamba” Smith was the final driver to lock in on time.
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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