After racing this summer at nearly a dozen tracks where he had not previously competed, Derek Kraus looks forward to finishing out the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series season at venues where he has racing experience.
The 19-year-old series rookie with McAnally-Hilgemann Racing has raced at six of the seven tracks remaining on the truck series schedule.
The series heads to the first of those venues on Thursday at Tennessee’s Bristol Motor Speedway, where IncredibleBank will be featured as the primary sponsor on the MHR No. 19 Toyota Tundra.
Kraus has raced on the high-banked, half-mile Bristol track twice in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. He finished sixth there last year and 24th in 2018. Both were 150-lap races.
Other events that will close out the series schedule are at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where Kraus has raced twice in the truck series; Kansas Speedway, where he ran a truck series doubleheader earlier this year; Texas Motor Speedway, where he competed in a truck race in July; Martinsville Speedway, a track where he raced last year while running a handful of truck races; and Phoenix Raceway, where he captured the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship last year and has raced in two truck races.
Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama is the only track on tap for the truck series where Kraus has not previously raced.
This year, Kraus competed at 11 tracks where he had not previously raced. Ten of those tracks featured events with no practice or qualifying, due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Derek Kraus – Thoughts about this week
What do you think about going to Bristol and other tracks where you have experience?
“I’m really looking forward to rebounding after Richmond. I’ve been to Bristol before. So, I have some experience and that will help out a lot going there and at other tracks.”
NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Event:
Race: UNOH 200 presented by Ohio Logistics (200 Laps) (Race 17 of 23) Sept. 17, 2020
Location: Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tenn. (half-mile oval)
Television: FS1 on Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET
No. 19 IncredibleBank Toyota Tundra
Hometown: Stratford, Wisc.
Career series starts: 21
Most recent series finish: 23rd – Richmond (9/10/20)
Best career series finish: 2nd – Darlington (9/6/20)
2020 Series stats:
Races: 16 starts, 3 top fives, 9 top 10s
Average finish: 11.9
Laps completed: 2,111/2,125
Laps led: 9
Series standings: 11th
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