Derek Kraus drove the McAnally-Hilgemann Racing No. 19 NAPA AutoCare/South Point Toyota Tundra to a solid 12th-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday night in the Victoria’s Voice Foundation 200 Presented by Westgate Resorts.
Driving a new truck without any practice, the 20-year-old and his team worked throughout the race to tune on their Tundra and get it dialed in.
After starting 12th, Kraus finished Stage 1 in 18th and was 24th at the end of Stage 2. The crew took advantage of opportunities midway through the race to make adjustments as they pitted for fresh tires. Their work paid off, as Kraus was able to mount a charge to the front.
He was up to 18th on a Lap 84 restart and charged into the top 10 on Lap 108. He had worked his way up to eighth when a caution came out on Lap 127, setting up four-lap dash to the finish. He got shuffled back in a fierce battle those final few laps, to finish 12th.
Kraus remains 13th in the championship standings, with three races remaining on the schedule.
MHR welcomed special guests from NAPA Los Angeles and the Las Vegas district stores to the track on Friday. Sponsor activation also included a NAPA VIP Guest Crew Member.
Derek Kraus – Thoughts about the race
What was the challenge like to race a new truck without any practice?
“We struggled all night with it and finally got it better at the end. Now, we’re looking forward to Talladega.”
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Event:
Race: Victoria’s Voice Foundation 200 Presented by Westgate Resorts (134 Laps) (Race 19 of 22) Sept. 24, 2021
Location: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nev. (1.5-mile oval)
Format: Three Stages; Lap 30 / Lap 60 / Lap 134
No. 19 NAPA AutoCare/South Point Toyota Tundra
Hometown: Stratford, Wis.
Stage 1: 18th
Stage 2: 24th
Finished: 12th (Running, completed 134 of 134 laps)
Race Winner: Christian Eckes
2021 Series Stats:
Races: 19 starts, 2 poles, 1 top five, 4 top 10s
Laps completed: 2,280/2,519
Laps led: 58
Series standings: 13th
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Oct. 2, 2021, Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Ala. (2.66-mile oval).