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BMR Drivers Start Year Strong in NASCAR K&N East Season Opener

NASCAR K&N Race, New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, FL (Photo by Brian Cleary/bcpix.com)

Two Bill McAnally Racing drivers got a great start to their 2018 campaign on Sunday night, as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East kicked off its season as part of NASCAR’s Speedweeks in Florida.

Cole Rouse grabbed a runner-up finish, while Derek Kraus took fourth at the event at New Smyrna Speedway.

 

BMR Drivers Start Year Strong in NASCAR K&N East Season Opener

 

Rouse was making his first start for BMR in the No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota Camry as he returned to the K&N Pro Series, where he competed in the West division as a rookie in 2016.

Kraus, last year’s Rookie of the Year in the K&N West, was making his first start since taking the seat of BMR’s No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry.

 

BMR Drivers Start Year Strong in NASCAR K&N East Season Opener

 

Rouse ran in third for most of the 175-lap race, with Kraus working his way from seventh to fourth and then challenging his teammate in the second half of the event. Rouse took advantage of a battle between the two lead cars in the final laps, to slip by and grab second coming to the checkered flag, while Kraus took fourth.

 

Derek Kraus – No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry
Start / Finish: 7th / 4th
Points Earned: 40
Points Standing / Total: 4th / 40

 

Next Race: Kern County Raceway Park, Bakersfield, CA, March 15
How to Watch or Listen: NBCSN

 

Derek Kraus: @derek9kraus
NAPA Racing: @NAPARacing
Bill McAnally Racing: @BMR_NASCAR

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Based in Roseville, California, Bill McAnally Racing fields multiple teams in the ACRA Menards Series (formally NASCAR K&N Pro Series), including the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driven by Gio Scelzi. The team has amassed a record 99 wins and nine championships, with four of those titles earned in the last five years.

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