Kraus Shines In The South Boston Sun

Derek Kraus won Sunday's NASCAR K&N Pro Series East feature at South Boston Speedway. (NASCAR Photo)

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. — The extra day was worth the wait for Derek Kraus.

After being postponed to Sunday due to rain at South Boston Speedway, the second Twin 100 belonged to the 17-year-old from Wisconsin.

Kraus took the lead from Max McLaughlin at halfway and didn’t look back, claiming his seventh K&N Pro Series checkered flag.

“It was a really good day overall,” he said. “Today was. Yesterday we were pretty good too but we ran out of brakes early and kind of had to ride around and manage your day, which we did for those first 100 laps. But these second 100 laps, we got the first 20 laps in and I knew we were pretty good. Really happy with my Bill McAnally crew.”

The win was Kraus’ second in the K&N Pro Series East this season. His first came in the season opener at New Smyrna, a race that was also postponed due to rain.

Chase Cabre came home in second-place for the second time in the last three races (Bristol). The Rev Racing driver was catching Kraus’ No. 16 in the closing stages, but wound up running out of time.

“Just came up a little bit short,” he said. “I think if we had a caution we might have had something. Really drove as hard as I could go there. It was a guessing game when it rains out like that and goes to the next day […] not bad, but not what we wanted.”

Hattori Racing Enterprises’ Max McLaughlin scored his second third-place finish in a row (both twin 100s) after battling flu-like symptoms the night prior and led a handful of laps. Tanner Gray, winner of twin 100 No. 1, finished fourth and Spencer Davis rounded out the top five.

The finish:

Derek Kraus, Chase Cabre, Max McLaughlin, Tanner Gray, Spencer Davis, Drew Dollar, Ruben Garcia Jr., Nick Sanchez, Travis Milburn, Justin Carroll, Sam Mayer, Hailie Deegan, Jason Miles, Colin Garrett, Ron Jay.