Stratford’s Kraus starts on pole for Tucson twin 100s
TUCSON, AZ – Bill McAnally Racing (BMR) drivers finished fourth in both Port of Tucson twin 100s that comprised a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West doubleheader at Tucson Speedway on May 5.
Derek Kraus drove BMR’s No. 16 to a fourth-place finish in the first 100-lap race, while Cole Rouse came home fourth in the second race in the No. 99.
Kraus – who started from the pole in both races – battled back to finish 11th in the second race, after losing a lap when he was penalized by NASCAR for jumping the start.
For Rouse, his fourth-place finish in the second race followed a seventh-place finish in the first.
Their BMR teammate, Hailie Deegan, had a solid night, meanwhile – finishing eighth in both races in the No. 19.
Both races of the May 5 doubleheader were won by first-time winner Kody Vanderwal.
Kraus, last year’s series Rookie of the Year, is five points out of the lead in third in the championship standings – with three races complete of a 15-event schedule. The 16-year-old from Stratford, Wisconsin has two top-five finishes in his three starts, including his win in the season opener.
The doubleheader events from Tucson will be televised on NBCSN, with the first race slated to air on May 9 at 5 p.m. and the second on May 10 at 5 p.m.
The next event on the K&N Pro Series West is scheduled for Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, CA, on May 19.