Kraus Earns Second Top-10 Finish in Third NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Start

Derek Kraus earned an 8th place finish in the Bill McAnally Racing #19 ENEOS Toyota Tundra on Friday night in the JEGS 200 at Dover International Speedway as part of the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. It is the second top-10 finish for Kraus in just his third truck race.

The 17 year-old driver made a late-race charge after starting 15th.  He made his way up to match his career-best finish so far. The racer from Stratford, WI, also finished eighth in his truck debut at the end of 2018.

Kraus stayed busy throughout his time at the track, participating in fan autograph sessions and meet-n-greets when he wasn’t behind the wheel. He also learned about running on the high-banked Monster Mile.

“It was a good race,” Kraus said. “We had a good #19 ENEOS Toyota Tundra. You have to stay consistent and you have to be really aggressive on the restarts. I feel like the longer I ran, the better I got as a driver.”

Friday’s race, which was won by Johnny Sauter, is the second of four events Kraus is scheduled to run this year with BMR in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. The races are scheduled on weekends when he’s away from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West – where he is in his third full season competing for BMR, driving the #16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry. He is currently fourth in the K&N West championship, three points away from first, after finishing sixth at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track and third at Irwindale Speedway.

Derek Kraus

Start / Finish: 15th / 8th

Points Earned: 29

TRUCK Points Standing / Total: 31st / 48

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Next Race: NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, Tucson Speedway, May 11