Mechanical Issue Derails Effort By Kraus At Vegas

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Plans for a strong finish after a top-10 start by Derek Kraus were derailed early in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Bucked Up 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday night.

Kraus started eighth in the McAnally-Hilgemann Racing No. 19 Hunter Nation/South Point Toyota Tundra and was running just outside the top 10 when his engine lost power.

He coasted to the pits and his crew went to work trying to diagnose the problem. They got the engine refired and were able to get Kraus back on track – eight laps down in 40th position.

With a never-give-up approach, Kraus kept charging throughout the race – looking to gain spots in whatever way possible. He avoided incidents on the track and took advantage of attrition that sidelined some of his competition, to finish 32nd.

Derek Kraus – Thoughts about the event

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“It was not the night we were looking for. We had a fast Tundra and expected to have a strong race, but had a mechanical problem early. Thanks to the MHR guys for getting me back out there to get as many points as we could.”

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Event:

Race: Bucked Up 200 (134 Laps) (Race 3 of 22) March 5, 2021

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

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

Derek Kraus

No. 19 Hunter Nation/South Point Toyota Tundra

Age: 19

Hometown: Stratford, Wis.

Started: 8th

Stage 1: 40th

Stage 2: 40th

Finished: 32nd (Running, completed 126 of 134 laps)

Race Winner: John Hunter Nemechek

2021 Series stats:

Races: 3 starts, 1 top 10

Laps completed: 233/286

Series standings: 24th

Next Race:

Fr8Auctions 200, March 20, 2021, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Ga. (1.54-mile oval)

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