Derek Kraus, 16, from Stratford has skipped out on the cold winter, burning up tr
acks in the southern states instead.
After finishing fourth in the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing Series at New Smyrna over Speedweeks, Kraus was a dominant figure in both the East and West openers of the NASCAR K&N Series 2019 seasons.
Kraus also won the New Smyrna 175, opening race of the K&N East Regional Series in early February – also at New Smyrna and was one of four members of the Bill McAnally Race team to take part in the Star Nursery 100 in Las Vegas, opening race for the West Region. Kraus was dominant through the first and half and led 60 laps before suffering some car issues and ultimately dropping back for a sixth place finish.
Clearly, the #16 NAPA Auto Parts/Kurb Records Toyota Camry was frequently seen leading the pack.
The McAnally team announced recently Kraus, who made his debut in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series last season, will get another taste of the series, entering four events this year. For that event, Kraus will run a #19 ENEOS Motor Oil Toyota Tundra.
The first event for Kraus will be the series’ next race at Martinsville, Va. Half-mile oval on March 23. Kraus will return to the west coast for the second race of the NASCAR K&N West Series at Irwindale, CA a week later, then bounced right back east to Bristol, Va., for the second race of the K&N East Region series.