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Derek Thorn to pull double-duty at Iowa Speedway with Iowa Operation Livesaver! Sun Prairie, Wisconsin (Tuesday, May 13, 2008): Lakeport, California driver, Derek Thorn has perhaps the busiest and most anticipated weekend of racing in his racing...

Derek Thorn to pull double-duty at Iowa Speedway with Iowa Operation Livesaver!

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin (Tuesday, May 13, 2008): Lakeport, California driver, Derek Thorn has perhaps the busiest and most anticipated weekend of racing in his racing career upcoming this weekend at Iowa Speedway.

The 22-year-old who now resides in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin will be pulling double duty this weekend in Newton, Iowa beginning with the ASA Late Model Series Challenge Division's second race of the 2008 season; The Pride of Iowa Triples 50s, which headlines on Saturday, May 17, 2008.

Thorn will also be racing in the NASCAR Camping World Series East / West combination race; The U.S. Cellular 200 on Sunday afternoon, May 18, 2008. Thorn and his team will be busy getting back and fourth between the NASCAR garage and the ASALMS pit area all weekend

Not only will Thorn be racing in two of the three divisions set to race this weekend in Newton, Iowa; he'll also spend part of the day on Saturday shooting a commercial with NASCAR Camping World drivers, Peyton Sellers and Jason Patison! But it's all for a good cause!

Both of Thorn's cars, the #44 / Ford in the ASALMS Challenge Division and his #80 / Ford will be sporting the colors of the Iowa Operation Life Saver for the entire weekend!

Iowa Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit education and awareness program dedicated to ending tragic collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on railroad rights-of-way.

"I'm very pleased to be a part of Iowa Operation Life Saver and to have them as our primary sponsor in Iowa for our Camping World #80 Ford as well as our associate sponsor on our #44 ASALMS Ford." Thorn stated.

"Running the U.S. Cellular 200 in the Camping World East on Sunday and the Pride of Iowa 150 in the ASALMS Challenge is going to be very intense." Thorn added. "The team is going to have a lot of Friends, Family, and Sponsors coming!"

"Iowa Speedway is an awesome place to race, you can run pretty much anywhere you want, and the speeds we run there are the fastest we'll probably see all year in the ASALMS." Thorn stated.

"We're excited to put on a good show for everyone that makes our team a possibility. This team won't settle for anything less than winning and we have two chances to do so!"

"Iowa Operation Lifesaver is proud to be able to support the '' racing team and the ALS Association in their fight to cure this disease." Added Jari Mohs, Iowa Operation Lifesaver (OL) Executive Director.

"ALS and Iowa OL have the same fight, both trying to prevent unnecessary deaths. However, death and injury at grade crossings and on railroad rights-of-way are preventable." Mohs continued.

Thorn then added; "Working with the ALS Association has been a great privilege. To be able to use racinforacure as way to raise awareness and funding for the thousands of families affected with Lou Gehrig's disease is a huge accomplishment on everyone's part."

"Now to be partnered up with Iowa Operation Lifesaver, another Non-Profit organization that prides themselves in ending tragic collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway rail grade crossings is a win-win situation."

The ALS Association and Operation Lifesaver are both trying to education people about dangers to individuals -- ALS about the devastating disease; OL about dangers at highway-rail grade crossings and trespassing on railroad rights-of-way.

Iowa OL asks individuals to LOOK when they approach a railroad crossing, LISTEN for an oncoming train, and LIVE by crossing the tracks when it is safe to do so.

"This is a great opportunity for Iowa OL to deliver its safety messages." Mohs added. "Racing is a hot sport across the country, but on a racetrack and not out on Iowa's roads. Remember, always expect a train; and never try to race a train to the crossing -- even if it is a tie you'll lose.

To accomplish its mission, Iowa Operation Lifesaver promotes: Education: Increase public awareness about the dangers around the rails. The program seeks to educate both drivers and pedestrians to make safe decisions at crossings and around railroad tracks.

Enforcement: Promotes active enforcement of traffic laws relating to crossing signs and signals and private property laws related to trespassing.

Engineering: Encourages continued engineering research and innovation to improve the safety of railroad crossings.

If you want to become a volunteer or contribute to the OL safety program, call 515-291-2492. More information about Operation Lifesaver is available at:

At every event Thorn races in this season, whether it's in the ASALMS Challenge Division or the NASCAR Camping World East Series, the team will always have an honorary pit crew member that has been diagnosed with ALS sitting alongside the team in the pits.

Also for more information about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and to make a donation, please make the check out to the ALS-Wisconsin Chapter and in the memo portion of the Check, please write 'racinforacure.'

100% of all donations go directly to the ALS-Wisconsin Chapter for research and awareness. Please go to their website for more information at:

-credit: racing for a cure

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Drivers Peyton Sellers , Jason Patison , Derek Thorn