Two 16-year-old NASCAR Next drivers from Bill McAnally Racing claimed the top two spots in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West action at Douglas County Speedway on Saturday night, with Derek Kraus holding off Hailie Deegan in a two-lap dash to the finish to win the Clint Newell Toyota 150 presented by NAPA AUTO PARTS.
It marked the second win of the season and third career series victory for the Stratford, Wisconsin, driver who pilots the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry.
“Our NAPA Toyota was really good,” Kraus said. “We were able to get out front with a pretty big lead by the middle part of the race. Then we were really good on the restarts there at the end and that was the difference. We were able to avoid spinning our tires and pulled away.”
Deegan – a rookie from Temecula, California – grabbed her career-best runner-up finish in just her seventh career start, driving the No. 19 Mobil 1 / NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry. She crossed the finish line .493 seconds behind her teammate to take second, equaling the best finish by a female driver in the series.
Kraus remains third in the championship standings, just nine points out of first. His other BMR teammate, Cole Rouse, is fourth in the standings, 24 points out of the lead. Deegan continues to lead the rookie field and is fifth in the overall standings, 27 points out of first.
Start / Finish: 2 / 1
Points Earned: 48
Points Standing / Total: 3rd / 285 pts.
Next Race: NASCAR K&N East Race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, July 21
How to Watch or Listen: NBCSN
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.