Derek Kraus drove the Bill McAnally Racing No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry to a third-place finish in the United Site Services 70 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, keeping his points lead in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings.
The 17-year-old NASCAR Next driver from Stratford, Wisconsin, was able to maintain a two-point lead in the championship standings after leading his teammates at the Magic Mile.
BMR teammates Lawless Alan finished 10th in the No. 12 AUTOParkit Toyota Camry, Hailie Deegan 11th in the No. 19 Monster / NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry, and series rookie Brittney Zamora 12th in the No. 99 ENEOS / NAPA Filters Toyota Camry.
Kraus took advantage of a scramble among the leaders in the opening lap to gain multiple spots after starting ninth. He was up to second by Lap 11 and took the lead after a Lap 25 restart, but was passed at the midway point of the race and fell to second. He slipped to third in a drag race to the checkered flag.
Kraus has two wins, four top-five and six top-ten finishes in his six starts. In addition to the K&N Pro Series East, he also leads the championship chase in the K&N Pro Series West.
The race will be televised to a national audience on NBCSN on July 29 at 3 p.m. PST.
Start / Finish: 9/3
Points Earned: 42
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Points Standing / Total: 1st / 249 pts.
Start / Finish: 12/11
Points Earned: 33
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Points Standing / Total: 10th / 156 pts.
Start / Finish: 13/12
Points Earned: 32
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Points Standing / Total: 11th / 129 pts.
Next Race: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West combination race at Iowa Speedway on July 26
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Bill McAnally Racing (BMR) holds the ARCA Menards Series West record with 11 championships and eclipsed the 100-win mark in 2022. The team has piled on six titles in the last eight seasons with four different drivers since 2015. Second-year driver Tanner Reif takes control of the No. 16 NAPA Auto Care Chevrolet for the 12-race campaign in 2023 and looks to improve on his runner-up finish in the 2022 drivers’ standings to build on BMR’s west coast legacy.