BMR drivers strong in Colorado: Stratford’s Kraus earns third pole of the year
For Hub City Times
DACONO, CO – All three Bill McAnally Racing drivers turned in a strong performance in the NAPA AUTO PARTS/Toyota 175 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Colorado National Speedway on June 9.
The trio finished fourth, fifth, and sixth in the tightly contested battle on the 3/8-mile short track just north of Denver.
Derek Kraus, who in qualifying won his third pole of the year and fourth of his career, led early in the race and came away with a fourth-place finish in the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry.
Series rookie Hailie Deegan finished fifth in the No. 19 Mobil 1 / NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry, giving her a second straight top-five finish.
Finishing sixth was Cole Rouse, who had the No. 99 NAPA Belts & Hoses Toyota Camry in the lead early after starting fourth.
Kraus – a 16-year-old NASCAR Next driver from Stratford – remains third in the championship standings, 14 points out of the lead. He has one win and four top-five finishes in five starts this season.
The NAPA AUTO PARTS / Toyota 175, which was won by Derek Thorn, is slated to be televised on NBCSN on June 14. It was the fifth event on a 14-race series schedule.