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Derek Kraus to Make Truck Series Debut at ISM Raceway

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West driver Derek Kraus announced Sunday that he’ll make his debut in the Camping World Truck Series at ISM Raceway in Phoenix for Friday’s Lucas Oil 150, driving the No. 19 NAPA Know How Toyota Tundra for Bill McAnally Racing.

It’ll be McAnally’s return on the national tour since Austin Cameron drove for him in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Sonoma Raceway in 2004. As far as Trucks, it’ll be McAnally’s first crack in the series since 2001 at Phoenix when Brendan Gaughan, who ran eight races for BMR from 2000-01, finished 13th.

The 17-year-old has shown impressive performances in K&N West the two seasons, scoring five wins, six poles and 17 top-five finishes in 28 career starts, with a third place points finish last season. Kraus was also part of the 2018 NASCAR Next program where this season, he drove the iconic No. 16 NAPA Toyota that’s won championships with Gaughan, Todd Gilliland, and Sean Woodside.

In K&N West, Kraus finished fourth in the final standings, but shown flashes of brilliance all season, scoring the most wins (four), poles (five) and laps led (717). The Sratford, Wisconsin native also made eight starts in K&N East, where he scored two poles, five top-fives and his maiden victory in the combination race at Gateway Motorsports Park.

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From the Pacific Northwest, Luis is a University of Idaho graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and Digital Media. Ever since watching the 2003 Daytona 500, being involved in auto racing is all he's ever dreamed of doing. He's also covered Idaho Athletics and high school football as both a writer and videographer. Additionally, he spent 2017 writing several racing columns as an independent journalist. Luis is a fan of Seattle sports, a music critic and a motivator who wants to impact people's lives.