A powerful trio of Wisconsin racers will be among the field of 19 racers scheduled to take part in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Zombie 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon.
Scheduled to hit the track for their first practice literally as this is written (Friday, April 5, 2019), Derek Kraus, Sam Mayer and Natalie Decker are among the state’s best young up and coming oval track racers.
Kraus, 17, from Stratford has been the man to beat in the three Series events so far in his #16 Bill McAnally Racing NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Records Toyota Camry. He topped the sheet at the first East Series event held at New Smyrna back in February and while he doesn’t have a win to show for it, he led 151 of the 250 laps run so far in the West Series events at Las Vegas and Irwindale, CA.
Natalie Decker, 21, from Eagle River has been the busiest and most diverse of anyone in the field as she will be making her K&N Series debut, which will be the fifth different series she has taken part in since she started the season in mid-February at Daytona at the first Arca/Menards event of the series. Since then she has run three of the five NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series events, entered a Trans-Am Series event and last weekend made the trek to Spain for final W Series tryouts in an Open Wheel Tatuus.
This weekend, Decker will be racing in the #98 DGR/Crossley N29 Technologies/Yamaha Power Products Toyota Camry
Sam Mayer, 15, from Franklin was at Speed Weeks and took part in the opening K&N East Series race at New Smyrna where he finished fourth and he also took a sabbatical in the Trans Am Series last weekend, running the second event at Road Atlanta.
Mayer will be entered in the #21 GMS Racing Chevy Accessories Chevrolet.
A second practice session is scheduled for 6 p.m. with qualifying immediately after at 6:30 p.m.
The Zombie 150 will go green at 3 p.m. Saturday and the race can be seen online at fanschoice.tv