Kraus Left To Battle Back After Early Incident

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An early-race incident left Derek Kraus battling to work his way from the back of the pack in the Strat 200 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday night.

The series rookie, who started 16th on the grid in the No. 19 ENEOS Toyota Tundra, rebounded half way through the field – but ended up finishing 22nd after pitting for a flat right rear tire with less than 10 laps to go.

That marked the second of two unscheduled pit stops he made in the 134-lap event. The first followed an incident on Lap 2 when his Tundra got sideways and brushed the wall going into Turn 3. Kraus restarted at the tail end of the field, but still on the lead lap.

He steadily worked his way forward and was in the 19th spot on a restart, with 39 laps remaining. He battled mid-pack through the remaining laps, until slowing with tire trouble late in the event.

Derek Kraus – Thoughts about Las Vegas

Talking about early-race incident

“I made a mistake and just lost it. I’m not really sure what happened. We will take what we learned here in Vegas and move on to Atlanta.”

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Event:

Race: Strat 200 (134 Laps) (Race 2 of 23) Feb. 21, 2020

Location: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas (1.5-mile oval)

Format: Three Stages; Lap 30 / Lap 60 / Lap 134

Derek Kraus

No. 19 ENEOS / NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Tundra

Age: 18

Hometown: Stratford, Wisc.

Practice: 15th

Qualified: 16th

Stage 1: 23rd

Stage 2: 24th

Finished: 22nd (Running, completed 131 of 134 laps)

Race Winner: Kyle Busch

Next Race:

Georgia 200, March 14, 2020, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Ga. (1.54-mile oval)

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