Patient Derek Kraus Earns Second Rain-Delayed Victory With South Boston Win
The extra day was worth the wait for Derek Kraus.
After being postponed to Sunday due to rain at South Boston Speedway, the second WhosYourDriver.org Twin 100 belonged to the 17-year-old from Wisconsin.
Kraus took the lead from Max McLaughlin at the halfway juncture and didn’t look back, claiming his seventh overall 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 overall in the K&N Pro Series East this season. His first came in the season opener at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway, 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 – sandwiching an eighth-place run in the first twin 100 Saturday night. The Rev Racing driver was catching Kraus’ No. 16 in the closing stages Sunday, 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 after battling flu-like symptoms the night prior and led a handful of laps. Tanner Gray, winner of Saturday’s 100-lapper, finished fourth and Spencer Davis rounded out the top five.
Drew Dollar was sixth, followed by Rev Racing teammates Ruben Garcia Jr. and Nick Sanchez. Garcia’s car was piloted by Colin Garrett Sunday after Garcia had to depart for a race commitment in the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series. Garrett had wrecked out in the first 20 laps Saturday night, leaving him available to fill in for Garcia. Sanchez was on the pole for the second race by virtue of his fast lap Saturday, and was making his series’ debut. Travis Milburn and Justin Carroll rounded out the top 10.
Race No. 2 of the WhosYourDriver.org Twin 100s is scheduled to be broadcasted on NBCSN Thursday, May 9 at 6 p.m.
The next K&N Pro Series East events will take place on Saturday, June 1, at Memphis International Raceway.