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NASCAR

Sep 6 - 2020
Read Time 2 Min

Derek Kraus Nearly Wins at Darlington Raceway

Sunday, September 6, 2020, Derek Kraus races to a second-place finish at Darlington RacewayDerek Kraus Nearly Wins at Darlington Raceway
Rookie of the Year contender Derek Kraus nearly snatched his first-career victory in Sunday afternoon’s NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Darlington Raceway. The youngster had to settle for second-place after a valiant effort in a NASCAR Overtime finish.
Sunday, September 6, 2020, Derek Kraus honors NASCAR Truck Series legend Ron Hornaday with a throwback paint scheme

With a gutsy pit call by crew chief Kevin Bellicort, Kraus took advantage of the situation. “Kevin up on top of the box made a really good call there at the end. Got a good restart and did everything I needed to, but there off of two – I got really loose off of two. It was my mistake, but overall I felt like it was a great day. We struggled some in the beginning, but Kevin got this NAPA Filters Toyota Tundra tuned up for the end of the race.”

With Eckes’ fifth-place finish, the 2019 national ARCA Series Champion locked himself into NASCAR’s post season and will run for the NASCAR Truck Series Championship. “At the end of the day, we can’t really move any further ahead unless we win a race. Our full intent is to go and contend as hard as we can and be as aggressive as we can to go get a win, so we can get some Playoff points. Definitely makes it a little bit less stressful going into Richmond, and definitely gracious for that. We will just go and race the hell out of them.”

Sunday, September 6, 2020, Christian Eckes locks himself into the Truck Series Playoffs with a top-five finish at Darlington

Chandler Smith showed strength throughout the day in the No. 51 JBL Tundra but had a tire issue late in the race, which led to a 23rd-place finish.

The NASCAR Truck Series heads back to Richmond Raceway for the first time since 2005 for the ToyotaCare 250 and the regular season finale on Thursday evening, September 10th. Action begins at 8:00 PM ET and can be seen on FS1 and heard on MRN Radio as well as Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.