Kraus back in competition at Charlotte
For the Hub City Times
ROSEVILLE, CA – Derek Kraus will be back in competition in the No. 19 NAPA Filters Toyota Tundra as the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series returns to racing on May 26, at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The North Carolina Education Lottery 200, which will be broadcast live on FS1, will mark the first on-track event for the truck series since February.
Tuesday’s truck race, along with two NASCAR Cup Series races and a NASCAR XFINITY Series race, comprise four events in four days at Charlotte Motor Speedway that mark part of NASCAR’s return to racing after a stoppage due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A health and safety plan has been implemented for the return events, with each race being run without fans in attendance. Practice and qualifying for the events have been eliminated, but most in-race procedures remain much the same.
Kraus, in his rookie season in the truck series, will be making his first visit to Charlotte Motor Speedway.
During his time away from the track, Kraus competed in multiple iRacing leagues. He was also among a group of Toyota Racing drivers who were selected to compete against each other in a special challenge event with the new Grand Turismo 4, which features the Toyota Supra, on PlayStation4.
“We’re all anxious to get back to racing,” Kraus said. “We appreciate everything that NASCAR and the staff at Charlotte Motor Speedway have done to make this event happen.
“Making my first start at Charlotte under these circumstances will be challenging, but I’ve got complete confidence in my NAPA team. I know they will provide me with a fast Tundra. I want to come away with a great finish and build momentum as we get the season going again.”