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Derek Kraus Wins NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Opener

Derek Kraus Wins NASCAR KN West 2018 Kern 16 victory lane

Derek Kraus opened his 2018 season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West on Thursday night the way he closed out 2017, with a win on the high-banked, half-mile track at Kern County Raceway Park near Bakersfield, California.



Kraus took the lead from his Bill McAnally Racing teammate Cole Rouse on lap 159 and led the way in the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry to win the Bakersfield 175 presented by NAPA AUTO PARTS by a margin of 1.154 seconds.

Rouse took third; while a third BMR driver, Hailie Deegan, finished seventh in her series debut.



Kraus and Rouse went three-wide just after a restart to get past Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular Kevin Harvick, who had paced the field through the first 132 laps. Rouse pulled away in the No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota Camry, but later got caught up with a lapped car and lost the lead to Kraus.

“I thought I was three-wide in the middle,” Kraus said of getting by Harvick. “It’s racing. You have to push through it. We ended up here in Victory Lane and that shows how hard our guys work at BMR.”



Start / Finish: 6 / 1
Points Earned: 47
Points Standing / Total: 1 / 47


Next Race: Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, April 14
How to Watch or Listen: NBCSN


Derek Kraus: @derek9kraus
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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 Austin Herzog. The team has amassed a record 106 wins and 11 championships, with six of those titles earned in the last seven years.

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