Strong Run for MHR and Kraus at Bristol Dirt Race
McAnally-Hilgemann Racing drivers Derek Kraus and Colby Howard both turned in strong runs in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on the dirt track at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
Howard, competing in his first race on dirt, charged to a 12th-place finish in the No. 91 Gates Hydraulics Chevrolet Silverado RST. It marked a career-best series finish for the 20-year-old from Simpsonville, South Carolina, in just his 11th series start.
Kraus was headed for a top-10 finish in the No. 19 NAPA AutoCare Chevrolet Silverado RST but got caught up in an incident about 10 laps from the checkered flag. He ended up finishing 29th.
Kraus started 15th and grabbed a 10th-place finish at the end of the second stage to pick up a bonus point. He restarted in 17th after making a pit stop during the stage break. Kraus wasted no time in charging ahead and was up to ninth during a caution with 25 laps remaining. His effort was sidelined, however, with 10 laps to go when two trucks ahead of him spun around, and he could not avoid them.
Before the race, Kraus and Howard participated in a fan autograph session and Q&A with Chevrolet as well.
“Our Chevy was really good tonight and was running great as the laps wound down,” Kraus said. “It’s disappointing to not have the finish to show for it. It was just a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Start / Finish: 15 / 29
Points Earned: 9
Points Standing / Total: 12th / 140 pts.
Next Race: May 6, 2022, Dead On Tools 200, Darlington Raceway, Darlington, S.C. (1.366-mile oval)
How to Watch or Listen: Live on FS1
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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.
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