Derek Kraus, 17, from Stratford might have been disappointed with his sixth place finish at the Star Nursery 100 in Las Vegas this past weekend, but only because of they way he earlier dominated the event.
The opening round of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season saw the Wisconsin rac
er leading the way for 60 laps before behind passed with 31 laps to go and ultimately falling a bit further back before the checkers flew.
Kraus earned a front row spot for the feature event by topping his nine car, 12-lap Heat Race in his #16 NAPA Auto Parts/Kurb Records Toyota at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track, a half-mile dirt bulling located beside the 1.5 mile asphalt track were the primary NASCAR divisions were also in action on the weekend.
Hailie Deegan from Temecula, Calif., made a nice final lap pass to claim the race win.
Kraus, the 2017 Rookie of the Year in this series finished third in points that season and fourth this past season. He prepared for this event running the World Series of Asphalt Car Racing in New Smyrna during Speed weeks and wrapped up a fourth place showing over the six-race series. He also took the win in the opening race of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win in the New Smyrna 175 on Feb. 11.
The 14-race series will continue with the second race, the NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Irwindale (CA) Speedway.