Derek Kraus gets lead and stays out front to win K&N opener

Tim Southers
Motorsport

Derek Kraus gets lead and stays out front to win K&N opener

K&N Pro Series West Series driver Derek Kraus made a daring pass for lead and held on after a late caution to pick up his seventh career win.

Derek Kraus took advantage of Colin Garrett and Ty Gibbs bumping each other while racing for the lead on Lap 134 and took the top spot for himself and held on for the victory.

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The sixth and final caution of the race flew when Brittany Zimora spun in Turn 1, setting up the 10-lap dash to the finish.

Gibbs held on for second with Brandon McReynolds placing third. Sam was Mayer fourth and Anthony Segi rounded out the top five.

“It’s a really good car BMR brought me here, but we struggled a lot to be honest during practice and we didn’t get to do our moch runs,” said Kraus. “We had to start the race deep in the field but once the race started I knew we had a pretty good car underneath me.”

Kraus, who won four times last season driving for Bill McAnally Racing, started the race 16th after qualifying was washed out on Sunday and the rain also postponed the race until Monday night.

Kraus made his way through the field and was fourth at the last break of the race on Lap 125 of the 175-lap event. Having to work his way through the field and save his equipment was important to Kraus whl credited his spotter for helping him throughout the first half of the race.

“It helps to have someone good like (spotter) Freddie (Kraft) in my ear every lap telling me to not burn the right rear of this thing (car). We had a plan to come in on the front break and stayed out the second break. Track position is big here and it’s pretty tough to pass, but if you have a good turning car like I did it’s easier (to pass).”

Hailie Deegan started the race from the pole position after the starting lineup was set per the NASCAR rule book but she quickly fell back, allowing Chase Cabre to take the lead by Lap 7.

Cabre remained out from until Drew Dollar passed for the lead on Lap 13. Cabre retook the lead once more but fell out of contention with rear end problems on his car ending his chance for the win.

Dollar got back to the point where he remained until Garrett took the lead and eventually lost it with his door-bagging battle with Gibbs allowing Kraus to the lead for the remainder of the race.

The K&N Pro Series East will return to the track in early April when they visit Bristol Motor Speedway for the first of two races there this season on April 6th.


1

 

16

   Derek Kraus

NAPA Auto Parts / Curb Records   (Mike Curb)

Toyota

175

 

 

2

 

17

   Ty Gibbs *

Joe Gibbs Racing / Arai Helmets   (David Gilliland)

Toyota

175

 

 

3

 

74

   Brandon McReynolds

The Reichert Group   (Marie Benevento-Visconti)

Chevrolet

175

 

 

4

 

21

   Sam Mayer *

Chevy Accessosries   (Maury Gallagher)

Chevrolet

175

 

 

5

 

20

   Anthony Sergi *

MJS Concrete   (Ben Kennedy)

Toyota

175

 

 

6

 

18

   Colin Garrett *

Emry's   (Sam Hunt)

Toyota

175

 

 

7

 

82

   Spencer Davis

All Pro Tower Sealants

Ford

175

 

 

8

 

6

   Ruben Garcia

UTI-NTI / Max Siegel, Inc   (Max Siegel)

Toyota

175

 

 

9

 

54

   Drew Dollar

SRI Performance / Dollar Concrete   (James LaMastus)

Toyota

175

 

 

10

 

31

   Connor Hall *

Viking Yachts   (Ted Marsh)

Chevrolet

175

 

 

11

 

1

   Max McLaughlin *

Mohawk NE / Textron   (Shigeaki Hattori)

Toyota

175

 

 

12

 

15

   Tanner Gray *

Gray Motorsport / Valvoine / Durst   (David Gilliland)

Toyota

175

 

 

13

 

22

   Brandon Oakley

Oakley Blacktop / Duncan Oil   (Thomas Oakley)

Chevrolet

175

 

 

14

 

24

   Mason Diaz *

Friends of Jaclyn Foundation   (Michael Diaz)

Ford

170

 

 

15

 

99

   Brittney Zamora *

NAPA Filtern / ENEOS   (Bill McAnally)

Toyota

156

 

 

16

 

19

   Hailie Deegan

Monster / NAPA Power Premium Plus   (Bill McAnally)

Toyota

127

 

 

17

 

4

   Chase Cabre

Honda Generators / E3 Spark Plugs   (Max Siegel)

Toyota

77

 

 

18

 

5

   Juan Manuel Gonzales

ToughBuilt / Illux   (Carlos Crespo)

Toyota

65

 

 

19

 

87

   Charles Buchanan

Spring Drug   (Charles Buchanan)

Chevrolet

20

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