Kraus and teammates struggle in Iowa
For Hub City Times
NEWTON, IA – Plagued by car issues, Stratford’s Derek Kraus and his teammates fought their way through the combination race at Iowa Speedway on July 27.
Bill McAnally Racing’s trio of drivers stormed through the field in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West race, with all three making it into the top 10 by the halfway point of the race after starting from the back.
Unfortunately, all three encountered issues in the second half of the race that derailed their effort to continue BMR’s string of wins in the Casey’s General Stores 150.
BMR had taken home the hardware in past four combination races at the 7/8-mile Iowa track.
Kraus started at the back of the field after his team had to swap engines in the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry prior to the race. Kraus kept pace with his teammates in making his way to the front after the drop of the green flag. He was up to eighth before encountering trouble at the halfway point of the race. After losing 15 laps in the pits, he returned to action and finished 20th.
Despite his trouble, Kraus was able to remain third in the championship standings. The 16-year-old has two wins, five top-five, and six top-10 finishes in eight series starts this season.
The combo event, won by Tyler Ankrum, is slated to be televised on NBCSN on Aug. 2.
The next event on the K&N Pro Series West schedule will be the NAPA AUTO PARTS 175 presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA on Aug. 11.