Kraus Earns Big Win at Meridian, Extends K&N West Points Lead
Bill McAnally Racing’s Derek Kraus earned his fourth win of the season and extended his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West points lead with a win in the NAPA AUTO PARTS Idaho 208 in Meridian, Idaho, on Saturday.
Kraus, who wheels BMR’s familiar blue and gold No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, earned his first Meridian win in three starts there.
It marked the ninth career series win and fourth victory this season for the 18-year-old NASCAR Next driver from Stratford, Wisconsin. Kraus also has two wins this year in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competition.
His BMR teammates, Hailie Deegan in the No. 19 Monster Energy/NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry and Brittney Zamora in the No. 99 ENEOS / NAPA Filters Toyota Camry, ran in the top five for much of Saturday’s race. Deegan started second and was in contention for the lead until contact from another car turned her Toyota into the wall on Lap 132. She salvaged a 13th-place finish.
Zamora started third and raced in the top five until getting shuffled back in a couple of late-race restarts. She finished eighth.
With his victory, Kraus extended his lead in the championship standings to 40 points with three races remaining. Along with four wins, he has eight top-five and ten top-ten finishes in 11 series starts this season. Deegan – an 18-year-old NASCAR Next driver from Temecula, California – is third in the standings, 45 points out of first. She has two wins, five top-five and eight top-ten finishes in her 11 K&N West starts this year. Zamora – a 20-year-old from Kennewick, Washington – is fifth in the overall championship standings and second in rookie points for the series. She has five top-five and seven top-ten finishes in 11 series starts.
The Meridian race will be televised to a national audience on NBCSN on Oct. 4 at 3 p.m. PT.
Start / Finish: 7 / 1
Points Earned: 47
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Points Standing / Total: 1st / 461 pts.
Start / Finish: 2 / 13
Points Earned: 31
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Points Standing / Total: 3rd / 416 pts.
Start / Finish: 3 / 8
Points Earned: 36
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Points Standing / Total: 5th / 374 pts.
Next Race: NAPA AUTO PARTS / ENEOS 150 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at All American Speedway, Oct. 12
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