Electrical Issue Sidelines Kraus At Darlington

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An electrical issue sidelined Derek Kraus and the McAnally-Hilgemann Racing No. 19 NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series throwback race at Darlington Raceway on Friday night.

The MHR entry featured a throwback look that honored the 2003 NAPA AUTO PARTS paint scheme that went to Victory Lane with Michael Waltrip in the Daytona 500.

Kraus was on the move early in Friday’s race. He charged from 20th on the grid to 15th in the first five laps, as he set the tone for what looked to be a great performance. His progression came to an end, however, when an electrical issue stalled his effort on Lap 38. His crew thrashed to try to diagnose the problem and make repairs on pit lane.

He was back on track on Lap 54, but was later sidelined again. He returned to competition a second time and went on to finish 35th.

Friday’s race is part of the annual NASCAR Throwback Weekend at Darlington.

MHR welcomed to the track a special group of guests from Walker Auto & Truck’s NAPA AUTO PARTS stores. The stores conducted sales programs to utilize race event tickets, suite passes and the opportunity to be a guest crew member. Kraus and team co-owner Bill McAnally visited the NAPA store in Lumberton, North Carolina – which had won a recent virtual tool sale. They held a meet-and-greet with customers and staff and Kraus helped out in delivering some parts. Their appearance was in support of NAPA Power Premium Plus, NGK, NAPA Belts & Hoses, and DENSO Radiators and AC Compressors.

Derek Kraus – Thoughts about the race

Talk about your night

“We had another fast Toyota Tundra, but had nothing to show for it. Nobody gave up though and we got back out there to finish.”

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Event:

Race: LiftKits4Less.com 200 (147 Laps) (Race 8 of 22) May 7, 2021

Location: Darlington Raceway, Darlington, S.C. (1.366-mile oval)

Format: Three Stages; Lap 45 / Lap 90 / Lap 147

Derek Kraus

No. 19 NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Tundra

Age: 19

Hometown: Stratford, Wis.

Started:  20th

Stage 1: 37th

Stage 2: 36th

Finished: 35th (Running, completed 109 of 147 laps)

Race Winner: Sheldon Creed

2021 Series Stats:

Races: 8 starts, 1 top 10

Laps completed: 908/1,103

Series standings: 19th

Next Race:

Toyota Tundra 225, May 22, 2021, Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas (3.41-mile road course).


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