Tough battle at Bristol for BMR Drivers: Stratford’s Kraus eliminated after hitting wall
For Hub City Times
BRISTOL, TN – Bill McAnally Racing’s three drivers experienced the ups and downs of NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competition at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 14.
All three drivers ran strong early in the Zombie Auto 150, but ran into troubles that left them without the finishes they were aiming for at the high-banked, half-mile Tennessee track.
Cole Rouse finished 21st after being caught up in a multi-car wreck 14 laps from the finish. After being sidelined for 20 laps with mechanical trouble, Hailie Deegan battled back to finish 22nd in the No. 19 Mobil 1/NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry. Stratford’s Derek Kraus, in No. 16, came away 24th – after contact with the wall.
Kraus and Rouse had charged toward the front from the back of the field. Deegan – who raced from 16th on the grid – was also on the move, but ended up in the pits after her car failed to restart following a red flag on Lap 34. Her crew traced the issue to a fuel problem and got her back on track, where she paced the field to the finish.
Kraus made his way into the top 10 by Lap 48, with Rouse two positions behind him. They moved to ninth and 10th, where they battled back-and-forth through Lap 101. Kraus spun coming off Turn 2 on Lap 107, then was eliminated after hitting the wall on Lap 119.
Rouse continued his charge and was up to eighth, before slipping back several positions. His day ended in a multi-car incident on Lap 136.