SLINGER, WI (June 5, 2017) – Derek Kraus used his off weekend from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series to step back into a super late model in a pair of events held in his native Wisconsin. He was able to bring home a top ten finish in the first event despite a leaking tire at State Park Speedway, and recorded another on Sunday at the quarter-mile Slinger Speedway.
Thursday’s action at State Park Speedway was part of the Wisconsin Challenge Series. Kraus laid down the fourth fastest qualifying time and took the green flag for the main event in sixth after a preliminary qualifying race. As the feature continued, the handling began to go away on the No. 9, but Derek was able to cross the flag in the eighth spot. After the race, the team discovered a left front tire that was leaking air.
“I definitely struggled on the restarts and did not get the finish I was looking for,” Derek said after the race. “I was pretty disappointed we were that far off, but when we discovered the flat tire, that helped us to make sense of what the car was doing over the course of the night.”
Undeterred, the team loaded up and traveled to the high-banked quarter mile layout at Slinger Speedway for the first round of the Triple Challenge Series. The unique, highly physical layout at Slinger challenged Kraus, but after missing a lock-in position in qualifying he was able to win the semi-feature to lock himself into the main event.
By rule, Kraus started the main event on the same tires he rode to victory in the semi-feature, placing him at a disadvantage for the event. Despite the challenge, Kraus methodically worked his way forward, using attrition and patience to his benefit, and ultimately recorded a seventh place run at the checkered flag.“
“Because it’s so fast, Slinger is track that deserves lots of respect, and it’s also a tough track to master,” Kraus explained following his outing at Slinger. “Patience and staying out of trouble helped me get to the front, but I believe I need a little more seat time there to be able to get around the track with full confidence. Still, I’m proud of everyone for the effort they put in all weekend to get both of our top ten finishes.”
Kraus will fly west once again this weekend for another event in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. He currently sits third in series points and leads the Rookie of the Year championship coming into the event on Saturday, June 10, at Colorado National Speedway.
For more information on Derek Kraus, visit his website at DerekKrausRacing.com. The latest updates can also be found on his Facebook page at Facebook.com/DerekKrausRacing. –