Derek Kraus Claims Top Five in Daytona Debut
Derek Kraus Claims Top-Five in Daytona Debut
Defending Race-Winner Hill Finishes Top-10 in Season-Opener
The young TRD (Toyota Racing Development) driver and 2019 NASCAR K&N West Series Champion, Derek Kraus made his first career start at Daytona International Speedway in Friday night’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors and RV Truck Series race. An eventful evening for the 18-year old started with a trip to pit road for an unscheduled stop for a flat left-front tire putting the No. 19 Tundra a lap down. But a quick caution got Derek back on the lead lap and back into contention.
“Coming into this race, I didn’t really have a lot any drafting experience at all, so we learned a lot in practice and in the race, we kind of just bided our time,” said Kraus. “In the beginning, we had a few wheel weights fall off. We pulled in, got a lap down and then we got our lap back and just slowly just stayed in the back and raced with Ross for a bit. We followed him and then in the end we went.”Derek Kraus
“It was a fun race,” said Hill. “I felt like we had a truck that could win, we just couldn’t get clear enough. The 98 (Grant Enfinger) was really strong all night. He could side draft really good. His truck was really stable. I felt like a lot of the changes that were made in the offseason for the superspeedway side made the trucks move around a little more, so it made the race a little better. You could really get down on somebody’s door and suck them back. It just made the two-wide racing really good. It was a handful all night. I feel like all of us drivers were white-knuckling it.”Austin Hill