Derek Kraus

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Derek Kraus
DerekKraus2019SlingerNationals.jpg
Kraus in 2019
Nationality American
Born (2001-09-01) September 1, 2001 (age 18)
Stratford, Wisconsin
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West career
Debut season2017
Current teamBill McAnally Racing
Years active2017–present
Car number19
Crew chiefJohn Camilleri
Starts38
Championships0
Wins8
Poles5
Best finish3rd in 2017
Finished last season4th (2018)
Awards
2017NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Rookie of the Year
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East career
Debut season2017
Current teamBill McAnally Racing
Years active2017–present
Car number16
Starts18
Championships0
Wins3
Poles2
Best finish12th in 2018
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
4 races run over 2 years
Truck no., teamNo. 19 (Bill McAnally Racing)
2018 position62nd
Best finish62nd (2018)
First race2018 Lucas Oil 150 (Phoenix)
Last race2019 World of Westgate 200 (Las Vegas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 2 0
Statistics current as of September 13, 2019.

Derek Kraus (born September 1, 2001) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He competes full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and part-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, driving the No. 16 Toyota Camry for Bill McAnally Racing in both series. He also competes part-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 19 Toyota Tundra for BMR. The Stratford, Wisconsin native is also a current NASCAR Next member.

Racing career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Kraus' 2013 Bandolero
Kraus after winning a Midwest Truck Tour heat race at Golden Sands Speedway in 2015
Kraus making his ARCA Midwest Tour debut at Madison in 2016

Kraus started racing in go-karts and bandoleros. He won the GSR Kartway championship in 2012 and 2013.[1] Kraus also competed in bandoleros at State Park Speedway in 2013 and won the track championship.[1] In 2014, he won the State Park and state bandeleros championships.[1] He later moved up to Midwest trucks and super late models, winning his first SLM race before he turned fourteen.[1] He began the 2015 season by traveling to compete in seven Super Late Model races in Florida's New Smyrna Speedway.[2] He began racing in the American Ethanol SuperTruck Series in 2015; he became the youngest driver to win a feature at Rockford Speedway at age 13.[3] He also competed full-time in the Midwest Truck Series, he won that series' 2015 championship.[1][3] In 2016, he competed in the ARCA Midwest Tour, finishing fourth in the standings and surpassing Matt Kenseth as the youngest driver to win a race in the series.[4]

NASCAR[edit]

2017: K&N Pro Series[edit]

In January 2017, it was announced that Kraus would drive full-time in the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West for Bill McAnally Racing (BMR), driving the team's No. 19 Toyota Camry.[5] The announcement came after Kraus tried out for the ride, testing for the team at Kern County Raceway Park earlier that year.[6]

Kraus made his debut for BMR in a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at New Smyrna Speedway in February, where he finished third.[7] He set career-best finishes in the West Series of second at Kern County,[8] Spokane County Raceway,[9] and Colorado National Speedway[10] early in the season. He won the pole at Iowa Speedway,[11] his first combination race between the K&N Pro Series East and West. Kraus led for an extended period at Meridian Speedway in Idaho[12] and won the season's final race at Kern County for his first win, beating teammate and series champion Todd Gilliland.[13] He also won the K&N West Rookie of the Year award in 2017.[14]

2018: K&N contender, Truck debut[edit]

Kraus scored his fifth K&N West pole of the season at Meridian Speedway and led the first 189 of 208 laps.

Kraus began the 2018 season by traveling to California to compete in the Winter Showdown at Kern County.[15] He won the season-opening race at Kern County after making contact with race leader Kevin Harvick on the final restart, giving the lead to Cole Rouse in the process. Kraus later passed the fellow BMR driver while both were running in lapped traffic, taking the win.[16] In May 2018, Kraus was named to the 2018 NASCAR Next class.[17] At Douglas County Speedway, Kraus won his third career race, leading teammate Hailie Deegan to a 1-2 finish for BMR.[18] At Evergreen Speedway, Kraus won the pole and led a majority of the race but ran out of fuel in the closing stages of the race, losing to Derek Thorn.[19] In the series' next race, a combination race with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Gateway Motorsports Park, Kraus passed BMR teammate Cole Rouse on the final restart to secure his third victory of the season.[20] At the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track, he led 31 laps but spun and wound up retiring in the later stages of the race to drop to 17th in the finishing order.[21][22] At the 2018 NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208, Kraus led nearly 200 laps before slowing to avoid a spinning lapped car in a late caution, leading to BMR teammate Hailie Deegan claiming her first K&N victory.[23] For the final West race of the season, the tour returned to Kern County Raceway, and Kraus won after a late-race restart.[24] He finished the season-long points tally in fourth, behind Sunrise Ford Racing teammates Derek Thorn and Ryan Partridge and BMR teammate Rouse.[25]

Kraus on pit road at Dover in 2018

Kraus' racing schedule with BMR expanded in 2018 to include a foray into the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. After finishing fourth in the season opener at New Smyrna Speedway,[26] Kraus finished 24th in the next race at Bristol Motor Speedway.[27] He won the pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the summer,[28] but ultimately could not win a race in any of his four starts with BMR, though he did lead the New Hampshire race until nearly the final lap before being passed by Brandon McReynolds.[29] It was later announced that Kraus would join DGR-Crosley for the last two East races on the calendar.[30] In his first weekend with DGR, he completed his season sweep of East poles at New Hampshire,[31] but once again finished second, and finished a similar third in the season finale.

On November 4, 2018, it was announced that Kraus would make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at ISM Raceway, driving the No. 19 Toyota Tundra for Bill McAnally Racing.[32] He both qualified for and finished the race in the eighth position.[33]

2019: Full-time in K&N, part-time in Trucks[edit]

Kraus racing at Bristol in 2019

Kraus returned to BMR for a third full West season in 2019. He also planned to run some East races, and potentially a few ARCA Menards Series events.[34] Kraus began the season by winning the K&N East season-opener at New Smyrna.[35] After finishing sixth at Bristol, Kraus found himself only three points out of the championship points lead.[36] This led to speculation that the team might run the full East schedule, with Kraus quoted as saying, "If we're leading, we're going to race three."[36] Kraus and BMR teammate Deegan did end up competing in the third and fourth races in South Boston,[37] with Kraus winning the second race in the doubleheader.[38]

In the West Series, Kraus began the season at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas with a sixth-place finish after qualifying second and leading the field until getting shuffled back with 30 laps remaining.[39] He later won both races at Tucson Speedway's doubleheader event, leading all 100 laps in the first race.[40] At Colorado, Kraus ran up front until a broken sway bar hindered his car's performance, dropping him back to outside the top-five.[41] He then worked back up to third on the final restart, forcibly taking the lead back from Deegan with two laps remaining.[41] Deegan then spun out Kraus going into turn 3 on the final lap, resulting in Kraus finishing eighth and venting his frustrations with the result on social media after the race.[41] Before the next race at Sonoma, Kraus also had the opportunity prepare by running a one-off Trans-Am Series race at the California road course on June 16,[42] a race in which he would go on to win the pole and score the overall victory.[43] At Douglas County Speedway, Kraus won the pole and led every lap en route to the win.[44]

Kraus and BMR also re-upped for four Truck Series events in 2019, at Martinsville and Dover in the spring and Las Vegas and ISM in the fall.[45] He equalled his career-best in the series at Dover, finishing eighth.[46]

Personal life[edit]

Kraus attends Stratford High School and wrestles in the winter.[34] His father, Mark, raced Super Late Models with NASCAR driver Paul Menard in the early 2000s. That connection led to Menard becoming a fan of Derek's racing career.[12]

Motorsports career results[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Car No. Races Wins Top fives Top tens Poles Laps led Position Points Ref
2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Bill McAnally Racing 99 1 0 1 1 0 0 40th 41 [47]
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Bill McAnally Racing 19 14 1 9 10 1 40 3rd 533 [48]
2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Bill McAnally Racing 19 1 0 0 1 0 0 62nd 30 [49]
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Bill McAnally Racing 16 6 1 3 3 1 39 12th 287 [50]
DGR-Crosley 1 2 0 1 1 1 51
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Bill McAnally Racing 16 14 4 8 10 5 717 4th 543 [51]
2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Bill McAnally Racing 19 3 0 0 1 0 0 33rd* 48* [52]
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Bill McAnally Racing 16 9 2 3 9 0 102 6th* 366* [53]
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Bill McAnally Racing 16 10 3 7 9 1 503 1st* 424* [54]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led. ** – All laps led.)

Gander Outdoors Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NGOTC Pts Ref
2018 Bill McAnally Racing 19 Toyota DAY ATL LVS MAR DOV KAN CLT TEX IOW GTW CHI KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO
8
HOM 62nd 30 [49]
2019 DAY ATL LVS MAR
18
TEX DOV
8
KAN CLT TEX IOW GTW CHI KEN POC ELD MCH BRI MSP LVS
27
TAL MAR PHO HOM 33rd* 48* [52]

K&N Pro Series East[edit]

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 NKNPSEC Pts Ref
2017 Bill McAnally Racing 99 Toyota NSM
3
GRE BRI SBO SBO MEM BLN TMP NHA IOW GLN LGY NJM DOV 40th 41 [47]
2018 16 NSM
4
BRI
24
LGY SBO SBO MEM
14
NJM TMP NHA
5
IOW
20
GLN GTW
1*
12th 287 [50]
DGR-Crosley 1 Toyota NHA
2
DOV
3
2019 Bill McAnally Racing 16 Toyota NSM
1
BRI
6
SBO
9
SBO
1*
MEM
5
NHA
3
IOW
4
GLN
9
BRI GTW
2
NHA DOV 6th* 366* [53]

K&N Pro Series West[edit]

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 NKNPSWC Pts Ref
2017 Bill McAnally Racing 19 Toyota TUS
6
KCR
2
IRW
18
IRW
4
SPO
2
OSS
16
CNS
2
SON
5
IOW
11
EVG
11
DCS
3
MER
5
AAS
4
KCR
1
3rd 533 [48]
2018 16 KCR
1
TUS
4
TUS
11
OSS
5
CNS
4
SON
10
DCS
1*
IOW
20
EVG
9
GTW
1*
LVS
17*
MER
3*
AAS
15
KCR
1*
4th 543 [51]
2019 LVS
6*
IRW
3*
TUS
1**
TUS
1*
CNS
8
SON
19
DCS
1**
IOW
4
EVG
2
GTW
2
MER AAS KCR PHO 1st* 414* [54]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

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