Derek Kraus is aiming for a strong performance in the final three races of 2020, as the season winds down in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series.
The circuit travels to three regions of the country – with three races in 12 days – in wrapping up this year’s competition.
Kraus has had a strong rookie season behind the wheel of the McAnally-Hilgemann Racing No. 19 Shockwave/ENEOS Toyota Tundra. His three top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in 20 starts include a runner-up finish at Darlington Raceway and a fourth-place finish at Daytona International Speedway.
He turns his attention this week to Texas Motor Speedway, which will host the SpeedyCash.com 400 on Sunday. Kraus came away with an 11th-place finish when the truck series visited the 1.5-mile Texas track in July.
Following the Texas race, the truck series heads to Virginia for short-track racing on the .526-mile paperclip-shaped oval of Martinsville Speedway on Friday, Oct. 30. The circuit then heads west for the season finale on the 1-mile oval of Phoenix Raceway on Friday, Nov. 6.
Derek Kraus – Thoughts about this week
Three races left in your rookie season. What is your mindset heading into Texas?
“I’m really looking forward to Texas. In the spring, I felt like we were pretty good. We didn’t really get the results that we needed, but I felt like we had a really fast Toyota Tundra there. Hopefully, we can go there, start decently, and just work our way to the front the whole race and make no mistakes, just have a good Toyota Tundra throughout the whole race.”
NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Event:
Race: SpeedyCash.com 400 (147 Laps) (Race 21 of 23) Oct. 25, 2020
Location: Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas (1.5-mile oval)
Television: FS1 on Oct. 25 at Noon ET
No. 19 Shockwave/ENEOS Toyota Tundra
Hometown: Stratford, Wis.
Career series starts: 25
Most recent series finish: 9th – Kansas (10/16/20)
Best career series finish: 2nd – Darlington (9/6/20)
2020 Series stats:
Races: 20 starts, 3 top fives, 11 top 10s
Average finish: 12.8
Laps completed: 2,669/2,692
Laps led: 29
Series standings: 11th