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By John Harte / The Californian
By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
It was far from his best effort, but it was good enough for the championship.
And that's all Bakersfield's Derek Thorn wanted to come away with from Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday night.
Thorn finished 15th in the Casino Arizona 50 on the one-mile track to win his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
"We fought the car all weekend," Thorn said in a phone interview afterward. "Thankfully the guys I was racing in points didn't have a good night, either."
Thorn won three races this season, had 12 top-five finishes and 14 top-10s. Saturday's race was the only one where he did not finish in the top 10.
He went into the race with a 16-point advantage over Greg Pursley and 18 over Cameron Haley. Pursley finished 14th with Haley finishing third.
Haley finished second in points, six behind with Pursley third.
The race ends a two-year run for Thorn with Bob Bruncati and the Sunrise Ford team.
"The team is pumped," he said. "This is a perfect ending. Bob gave me a two-year opportunity and this is our last race together.
"I've been surrounded by extremely gracious and generous people such as Bob and Byron Campbell (who he drives for on the Spears SRL Southwest Series) who had faith in me."
Thorn won the SRL championship last year but could not compete full time on that series this season due to conflicting races with the West Series.
Gray Gaulding of Colonial Heights, Va., won the race to become the youngest race winner in the West series at 15 years, 8 months ad 30 days.
-- MIKE GRIFFITH
CSUB men's soccer
The Roadrunners overcame an early two-goal deficit to defeat UNLV 4-3 in the regular-season finale for both schools.
David Velaquez scored the gamewinner for CSUB with 8:54 to play. Velasquez took a long pass from Caldaza through the goalkeeper's box for the winner. The Rebels would go down another man with just five to play when Hernandez was ejected for a foul.
The Roadrunners had four players hit .333 or higher as the Roadrunners swept Grand Canyon in Western Athletic Conference play.
CSUB (17-10, 9-4) committed just one hitting error (16-1-40) in the opening set, winning the frame by a 25-20 count. the 'Runners made just two hitting errors (18-2-37) in the second set as theRoadrunners defeated the Antelopes (9-17, 3-10 WAC) 25-9.
EUGENE, Ore. -- Tyonna Outland had 23 points and five steals, but the CSUB was little match for Oregon, falling 131-91 in its season opener.
Brittany Sims had 18 points and four blocks, and Batabe Zempare had 12 rebounds and eight points for CSUB.
BC men's basketball
SAN LUIS OBISPO -- Corey Mitchell scored 16 points and Lawrence Moore added 12 for the Renegades, but BC lost to Allan Hancock 67-54 in the second round of the Cuesta College tournament.
Bakersfield (1-1) will face West Hills today at 3 p.m.
BC cross country
SANTA CLARITA -- The Renegades women's team advanced to the state championships with an 11th place finish in Friday's SoCal Championships at Central Park.
Juan Calderon was the lone BC men's runner to qualify, finishing the 4-mile course 61st in 22.33.
Jessica Campbell (11th in 5k, 20:05), Orieth Rodriguez (20:34), Esthefani Perez (57th, 20:42), Ambar Cruz (89th, 21:10) and Leah Theroux (96th, 21.21) will all compete in the state meet Nov. 23 at Woodward Park in Fresno.