A solid performance by Derek Kraus and the McAnally-Hilgemann Racing team in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series season finale at Phoenix Raceway on Friday night was derailed by an electrical issue late in the race.
An extended pit stop to deal with the problem led to the series rookie finishing 24th in the No. 19 Gates Hydraulics/NAPA Belts & Hoses Toyota Tundra.
Kraus, who was in 17th midway through the event, was gaining ground in the final stage of the race. He was up to 14th on a Lap 98 restart and was 11th when a caution came out on Lap 104. During a subsequent pit stop, his engine cut off for an unknown reason.
MHR crewmembers thrashed to find the problem. They were eventually able to get the engine to refire, so Kraus could return to competition – but lost three laps in the process. He was listed in 27th when he returned to action, but was able to gain a few spots in the closing laps and finish 24th.
The Phoenix race concluded a great rookie season for Kraus and the first-year MHR team in the truck series. They finished 11th in the championship standings and recorded three top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in 23 starts, including a runner-up finish at Darlington Raceway and a fourth-place finish at Daytona International Speedway.
Derek Kraus – Thoughts about this week
Tell us about your race
“We were moving forward late in the race, but the battery died and took us out of competition.”
Talk about your rookie season
“Overall, it was a great rookie season with the new MHR team. I’m really looking forward to what’s to come.”
NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Event:
Race: Lucas Oil 150, Nov. 6, 2020
Location: Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Ariz. (1-mile oval)
Format: Three Stages; Lap 45 / Lap 90 / Lap 150
No. 19 Gates Hydraulics/NAPA Belts & Hoses Toyota Tundra
Hometown: Stratford, Wis.
Stage 1: 10th
Stage 2: 16th
Finished: 24th (Running, completed 153 of 156 laps)
Race Winner: Sheldon Creed
2020 Series Stats:
Races: 23 starts, 3 top fives, 13 top 10s
Laps completed: 3,174/3,200
Laps led: 31
Series standings: 11th