Derek Kraus and his Bill McAnally Racing teammates didn’t have a podium day of racing at the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, but it sure was a big improvement over 2018.
The 17-year-old NASCAR Next Kraus battled to stay near the front of the pack most of the race in his No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, and it paid off with a sixth-place finish – well ahead of his 24th place from 2018.
Autoweek’s coverage of the event said: “Hailie Deegan and Brittney Zamora put on a show for the Bristol fans with a riveting on-track battle between the duo.”
Zamora finished 11th and Deegan – also on the NASCAR Next team – finished 16th at the high-banked, half-mile, Tennessee track. Deegan scored a 22nd place finish in 2018, while this was Zamora’s debut at Bristol.
Kraus won the season-opening event of the K&N East Series and led the points going into Bristol. His top-ten finish keeps him second in the points after Sam Meyer led all laps and came away with the points lead in the No. 21 car.
The Zombie Auto 150 is scheduled to be broadcast on NBCSN Thursday, April 11, at 1 p.m. (PST)
Start / Finish: 9 / 6
Points Earned: 38
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Points Standing / Total: 2nd / 85 pts.
Start / Finish: 18 / 16
Points Earned: 28
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Points Standing / Total: 15th / 57 pts.
Start / Finish: 10 / 11
Points Earned: 33
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Points Standing / Total: 13th / 62 pts.
Next Race: NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at Tucson Speedway, May 11
How to Watch or Listen: NBCSN on April 11 at 5 p.m. (PST)
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.