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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Derek Kraus Sweeps Tucson Twins in Dominating Fashion


Via NASCAR Media

TUCSON, Ariz. — Tucson was twice as nice for the Derek Kraus Saturday night.

The Stratford, Wisconsin, native swept the Port of Tucson Twin 100s for his third and fourth K&N Pro Series victories of the season and first wins on the West coast.

Coming off a win in the second 100-lap championship race last week at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway — giving him two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East wins — Kraus and the No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota established a goal to win both NASCAR K&N Pro Series West races and take command of the championship standings coming into Arizona.

They did exactly that.

“That was the goal coming into this race,” said Kraus in Victory Lane at Tucson Speedway. “Now we got the points lead going into the next K&N West race. That was really good and we’ll look to stay consistent the rest of the season. We just had to stay patient and it paid off at the end.”

In the first Tucson race, Kraus took the lead from pole sitter Tanner Gray going into Turn 1 and never relinquished the top spot, leading all 100 laps.

Gray, Hailie Deegan, Jagger Jones and Brittney Zamora rounded out the top five finishers in Race No. 1. Matt Levin, Trevor Huddleston, Todd Souza, Dustin Ash and John Wood completed the top 10.

Race No. 2 was a different story for Kraus, who didn’t grab the lead until past the halfway point. But once he did, it was smooth sailing to another victory.

“This one we had to work a little harder on,” he said following his fourth win this season and ninth of his career. “We didn’t get the lead until Lap 60 or so, but it was definitely a little more challenging than the first race. We saved a little bit of tires and them guys jumped out and used a little bit too much of the tires, they wore them out. And at the end we took advantage of that when we had good tires left.”

Gray came home second for the second consecutive race, with Zamora finishing a career-best third after leading 26 laps from the pole.

Trevor Huddleston and Matt Levin completed the top five, with Jagger Jones, Dustin Ash, Travis Milburn, Takuma Koga and Bill Kann rounding out the top 10.

Hailie Deegan, who entered the night leading the points, finished 15th after contact with Huddleston going into Turn 2 that spun her around and forced her behind the wall for repairs.

Kody Vanderwal finished 11th and 12th, respectively in the twin 100s, after sweeping the twin races last season at the 0.375-mile track.

Kraus, who leads the K&N Pro East standings by four points, has an 18-point cushion over Sunrise Ford/Bruncati Racing teammates Huddleston and Jones. Deegan fell to fourth, another five points back.

Port of Tucson Twin Race 1 is scheduled to be broadcast on NBCSN on Wednesday, May 22 at 4 p.m., with No. 2 scheduled to be broadcast the same day at 7 p.m.

The next K&N Pro Series West event will take place on Saturday, June 8 at Colorado National Speedway.

Contact:
Jason Christley
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 310-6094
jchristley@nascar.com

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-Port of Tucson Twin 100s Race 1 Results
Saturday
At Tucson Speedway
Tucson, Ariz.
Lap length: 0.375 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (2) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 100 laps, 60.838 mph.
2. (1) Tanner Gray, Artesia, NM, Toyota, 100.
3. (5) Hailie Deegan, Temecula, CA, Toyota, 100.
4. (4) Jagger Jones, Scottsdale, AZ, Ford, 100.
5. (3) Brittney Zamora, Kennewick, WA, Toyota, 100.
6. (11) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 100.
7. (6) Trevor Huddleston, Agoura Hills, Calif., Ford, 100.
8. (10) Todd Souza, Aromas, Calif., Toyota, 100.
9. (7) Dustin Ash, Las Vegas, Nev., Ford, 100.
10. (14) John Wood, Eagle, ID, Chevrolet, 100.
11. (9) Kody Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 95.
12. (18) Ron Jay, Victoria, BC, Ford, 93.
13. (16) Bobby Hillis Jr, Phoenix,Ariz, Toyota, 92.
14. (15) Austin Thom, Dundee, OR, Chevrolet, 89.
15. (13) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Toyota, 87.
16. (8) Travis Milburn, Eagle, ID, Ford, 68, accident.
17. (12) Bill Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Chevrolet, 65, overheating.
18. (17) Billy Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Chevrolet, 0, dns.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 0 hours 36 minutes 59 seconds
Margin of Victory: 4.433 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: T.Gray * (89.725 mph, 15.046 seconds)
Caution Flags: 2 for 15 laps.
Lead Changes: 0 among 1 drivers.
Lap Leaders: D. Kraus 1-100.
Standings: 1. D. Kraus, 131; 2. H. Deegan, 127; 3. J. Jones, 123; 4. T. Huddleston, 121; 5. M. Levin, 109; 6. T. Souza, 108; 7. B. Zamora, 108; 8. K. Vanderwal, 99; 9. T. Milburn, 95; 10. T. Gray, 85.

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-Port of Tucson Twin 100s Race 2 Results
Saturday
At Tucson Speedway
Tucson, Ariz.
Lap length: 0.375 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (2) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 100 laps, 58.772 mph.
2. (7) Tanner Gray, Artesia, NM, Toyota, 100.
3. (1) Brittney Zamora, Kennewick, WA, Toyota, 100.
4. (8) Trevor Huddleston, Agoura Hills, Calif., Ford, 100.
5. (6) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 100.
6. (3) Jagger Jones, Scottsdale, AZ, Ford, 100.
7. (10) Dustin Ash, Las Vegas, Nev., Ford, 100.
8. (9) Travis Milburn, Eagle, ID, Ford, 100.
9. (13) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Toyota, 100.
10. (15) Bill Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Chevrolet, 100.
11. (11) Austin Thom, Dundee, OR, Chevrolet, 100.
12. (4) Kody Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 98.
13. (14) Ron Jay, Victoria, BC, Chevrolet, 97.
14. (16) Bobby Hillis Jr, Phoenix,Ariz, Toyota, 96.
15. (5) Hailie Deegan, Temecula, CA, Toyota, 95.
16. (12) Todd Souza, Aromas, Calif., Toyota, 0, electrical.
17. (17) John Wood, Eagle, ID, Ford, 0, dns.
18. (18) Billy Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Chevrolet, 0, dns.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 0 hours 38 minutes 17 seconds
Margin of Victory: 2.612 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: B.Zamora * (85.823 mph, 15.73 seconds)
Caution Flags: 4 for 20 laps.
Lead Changes: 3 among 3 drivers.
Lap Leaders: B. Zamora 1-19; D. Ash 20-54; B. Zamora 55-61; D. Kraus 62-100.
Standings: 1. D. Kraus, 179; 2. T. Huddleston, 161; 3. J. Jones, 161; 4. H. Deegan, 156; 5. B. Zamora, 150; 6. M. Levin, 148; 7. T. Souza, 136; 8. K. Vanderwal, 131; 9. T. Milburn, 131; 10. T. Gray, 127.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Kody Vanderwal Doubles Up In The Desert



TUCSON, Ariz. — Kody Vanderwal was ecstatic and a little bit shocked when he pulled into Victory Lane at Tucson Speedway Saturday evening following his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win.

A couple hours later, he did it again.

The 17-year-old from LaSalle, Colorado, swept the Port of Tucson Twin 100s on the banked .375-mile oval. After a rookie season with a steep learning curve that saw him pick up two top fives in 14 starts and finish ninth in points, Vanderwal signaled he was a championship contender in his sophomore year with back-to-back victories.

They came in two entirely different fashions.

In the first 100-lap championship points race, he was out front for 89 laps. While most of the field played the tire conservation game, Vanderwal set a blistering pace — lapping all but the top seven cars before a caution on Lap 94 wiped out his sizable lead and set up a green-white-checkered finish. After surrendering the lead to Derek Thorn by a bumper on the white flag, Vanderwal was able to power off Turn 4 coming to the checker and just nose out Thorn for the victory.

Final margin of victory: .113 seconds.

Thorn’s teammate, Ryan Partridge, finished third. Derek Kraus was fourth, followed by former NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Arizona champion Vanessa Robinson in fifth.

Devin Dodson, making his series’ debut, was sixth, while Cole Rouse, Hailie Deegan, Will Rodgers and Todd Souza rounded out the top 10.

After teams were able to make adjustments and reconsider strategy for the second 100-lap event, it was Partridge who was able to jump out and lead 59 laps before Thorn got by him. But Vanderwal charged late. After he couldn’t make the pass low, almost driving through the grass in Turn 4, found the outside groove in Turn 4 more to his liking several laps later to sail by Thorn with five to go.

Partridge was able to get by Thorn for second but his final run at Vanderwal fell .636 seconds short.

Rouse and Trevor Huddleston finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Robinson was sixth, followed by Rodgers, Deegan, Dodson and Norman. Kraus, who was penalized for jumping the start early in the race, was never able to make the lap up and finished 11th.

When the dust cleared at Tucson, Thorn emerged with the points lead by three over Partridge and five over Kraus. Rouse is just three points behind him in fourth, and Vanderwal moved up to fifth — only nine back of Thorn.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series will visit another bullring next, Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, California, for the Sunrise Ford 150 presented by NAPA Auto Parts on Saturday, May 19.

The Port of Tucson Twin 150s will air on NBCSN. The first race will be Wednesday, May 9 at 6 p.m. ET, while the second will air on Thursday, May 10 at 6 p.m..

Contact:
Jason Christley
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 310-6094
jchristley@nascar.com

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-Port of Tucson Twin 100s Race 1 Results
Saturday
At Tucson Speedway
Tucson, Ariz.
Lap length: 0.375 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (4) Kody Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 100 laps, 72.038 mph.
2. (2) Derek Thorn, Lakeport, CA, Ford, 100.
3. (6) Ryan Partridge, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Ford, 100.
4. (1) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 100.
5. (13) Vanessa Robinson, Las Cruces, N.M., Ford, 100.
6. (9) Devin Dodson, Ocean City, MD, Ford, 100.
7. (3) Cole Rouse, Fort Smith, Ark., Toyota, 100.
8. (8) Hailie Deegan, Temecula, CA, Toyota, 100.
9. (12) Will Rodgers, Solvang, Calif., Ford, 99.
10. (11) Todd Souza, Aromas, Calif., Toyota, 99.
11. (10) Trevor Huddleston, Agoura Hills, Calif., Ford, 99.
12. (5) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 99.
13. (7) Ron Norman, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 98.
14. (15) Jesse Iwuji, Carrolton, Texas, Chevrolet, 97.
15. (17) Bill Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Chevrolet, 97.
16. (14) Cassie Gannis, Phoenix, AZ, Chevrolet, 97.
17. (16) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Chevrolet, 96.
18. (18) Hershel McGriff, Bridal Veil, Ore., Toyota, 94.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 31 minutes, 14 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.113 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: D.Kraus (84.396 mph, 15.996 seconds)
Caution Flags: 1 for 4 laps.
Lead Changes: 3 among 3 drivers.
Lap Leaders: D. Kraus 1-10; K. Vanderwal 11-98; D. Thorn 99; K. Vanderwal 100.
Standings: 1. D. Kraus, 88; 2. D. Thorn, 85; 3. R. Partridge, 80; 4. C. Rouse, 79; 5. H. Deegan, 73; 6. K. Vanderwal, 71; 7. T. Huddleston, 71; 8. M. Levin, 65; 9. W. Rodgers, 63; 10. R. Norman, 62.

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST-Port of Tucson Twin 100s Race 2 Results
Saturday
At Tucson Speedway
Tucson, Ariz.
Lap length: 0.375 miles

(Start position in parentheses)
1. (4) Kody Vanderwal, LaSalle, Colo, Ford, 100 laps, 60.647 mph.
2. (5) Ryan Partridge, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Ford, 100.
3. (2) Derek Thorn, Lakeport, CA, Ford, 100.
4. (3) Cole Rouse, Fort Smith, Ark., Toyota, 100.
5. (7) Trevor Huddleston, Agoura Hills, Calif., Toyota, 100.
6. (12) Vanessa Robinson, Las Cruces, N.M., Ford, 100.
7. (11) Will Rodgers, Solvang, Calif., Ford, 100.
8. (6) Hailie Deegan, Temecula, CA, Toyota, 100.
9. (13) Devin Dodson, Ocean City, MD, Ford, 100.
10. (9) Ron Norman, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 100.
11. (1) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 99.
12. (8) Matt Levin, Tucson, Ariz., Chevrolet, 99.
13. (17) Bill Kann, Scottsdale, Ariz., Chevrolet, 99.
14. (10) Todd Souza, Aromas, Calif., Toyota, 97.
15. (15) Cassie Gannis, Phoenix, AZ, Chevrolet, 72, accident.
16. (14) Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan, Chevrolet, 52.
17. (16) Jesse Iwuji, Carrolton, Texas, Chevrolet, 40, accident.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 37 minutes, 6 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.636 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: D.Kraus (84.170 mph, 16.039 seconds)
Caution Flags: 3 for 19 laps.
Lead Changes: 5 among 5 drivers.
Lap Leaders: D. Kraus 1-5; R. Partridge 6-14; R. Norman 15-28; R. Partridge 29-87; D. Thorn 88-95; K. Vanderwal 96-100.
Standings: 1. D. Thorn, 127; 2. R. Partridge, 124; 3. D. Kraus, 122; 4. C. Rouse, 119; 5. K. Vanderwal, 118; 6. T. Huddleston, 110; 7. H. Deegan, 109; 8. W. Rodgers, 100; 9. R. Norman, 97; 10. M. Levin, 97.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Plans Change Fast For Kody Vanderwal

Kody Vanderwal had seven top 10 finished last year in his first season in the
K&N Pro Series West (Photo Courtesy Otto Kitsinger/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Via NASCAR Media

Kody Vanderwal will be making his third visit with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West to Kern County Park Raceway in California on Thursday.

To think, Vanderwal almost didn’t make it to his first race at Kern.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season opens in Kern County. Vanderwal, a 17-year-old driver from Colorado, is entering his second season in the K&N Pro Series West. He was supposed to race only one time, the season opener at Tucson Speedway in Arizona last year. But he continued, entering every K&N Pro Series West race and finishing in the top 10 in the K&N Pro Series West standings.

He doesn’t measure the success of his first season by the results of his races. He considers it a success because he started and finished every race on the schedule. He had two top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 14 races.

“I would definitely say it was successful considering the fact that it wasn’t planned at all,” Vanderwal said. “It was originally supposed to be just a one-race deal for the season opener in Tucson and it kind of snowballed into the full season. The end of the season wasn’t all that great. Still in the grand scheme of things ninth place in points was successful for our rookie campaign.”

Kyle Vanderwal had seven top 10 finishes last year in his first season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

Vanderwal didn’t start racing until he was 11 years old. But he remembers going to the race track with his dad when he was 6. He was able to work in the pit areas during the races and in the garage during the week. He was always around his dad, Rudy Vanderwal, and his cars.

When Kody turned 11, his dad put together a 1972 Monte Carlo for him to run in enduro races.

“That taught me a lot about how to pass cars, how to draft, how to control a car,” Vanderwal said. “Never had a whole lot of success doing that up until we modified that car slightly bit and took it to Colorado National when I turned 14 for the pure stock class. Nearly won my first race out. Ended up winning three races and finishing second in all but two of the other ones.”

Kody Vanderwal said he returned to dirt track racing after a stint on the asphalt track at Colorado National Speedway. But he has yet to win a race on a dirt track.

“I never did win a race. Something always happened,” Kody Vanderwal said. “I either ran out of fuel or broke a wire or had a flat tire or whatever, you name it. I still have never won a dirt main event.”

He will get another chance on the dirt when the K&N Pro Series West visits the dirt track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sept. 30.

Kody Vanderwal is a junior in high school. He has been homeschooled and will be managing his school schedule with his K&N Pro Series West schedule and racing super late models at Colorado National Speedway. He also plays football for the Dayspring Christian Academy eight-man team. He’s a defensive end and offensive guard. But he is debating whether to play football in his senior season.

“I’ve never had a real passion for anything other than racing,” Kody Vanderwal said. “I’ve played football since the first grade. I may or may not play my senior year. I played last year. I would most likely be a starter on varsity. I’m not sure whether schedules will work out or not.”

His focus is on racing. He wants to improve on his rookie campaign. He knows the field in the K&N Pro Series West is competitive and talented. He got a taste of the depth of the field at the K&N Pro Series East season opener at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida. He finished 11th in a car prepared by Bill McAnally Racing in a field that included some of the top teams and drivers from the K&N Pro Series East and West.

Vanderwal finished ninth in his first race at Kern County. He didn’t have quite the same result in his second trip to Kern County, in the season finale. He crashed his car in practice finished 18th in the team’s back-up car.

Vanderwal said he is looking forward to returning to the track in Bakersfield in the No. 43 Bultrite Signs/LaSalle Oil Toyota. His team, which is a joint effort between Patriot Motorsports Group and Flying Dutchman Racing, has expanded to two cars and is committed to running a full season. He has experience on the tracks in the K&N Pro Series West, which should translate into better results. He knows where he can improve at Kern County from the two races from last year.

“We should have had seventh (in the first race). I threw it away on one of the restarts,” Vanderwal said. “I guess that was inexperience. The last race of the season, we blew a right front (tire) in practice and destroyed the primary car. The backup car was hardly worthy of being on the track. It wasn’t a very good race for us. But we showed some speed in practice.”

The Bakersfield 175 presented by NAPA Auto Parts at Kern County Raceway Park will practice and qualify Thursday afternoon, with the green flag scheduled for approximately 8:15 p.m.

He has high expectations, but he doesn’t know exactly what kind of potential his team has.

“I don’t know exactly what to expect,” he said. “I know our cars are going to be more prepared. Our team is going to be more experienced. I’m going to be more experienced, so I expect to run better. I don’t know exactly what to expect about how much better.

“Basically, we’re trying to compete for a win. That’s what everybody is doing. What else are we doing if we’re not trying to win?”

News & Notes
The Numbers Game: Bill McAnally Racing will feature a slightly different look this year, as two-time defending champion Todd Gilliland moves up to the national series, and 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Derek Kraus slides into the seat of the No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota. Kraus won at Kern to close out last year in the No. 19. That car number is now with BMR’s Hailie Deegan, a NASCAR Next driver and series’ rookie. And Cole Rouse, won won the CARS Late Model title last season, returns to the K&N Pro Series West in the No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota.

Rouse finished eighth in 2016 in the West in the No. 6 for Bob Bruncati. That ride for Sunrise Ford will be filled by Derek Thorn, who won five times in it between 2012-13 and won the series championship in ’13.

Thorn has a pair of sixth-place finishes at Kern, and also won Kern’s big money Super Late Model race, the Winter Showdown, in 2017.

Rod Johnson Jr., who ran the No. 4 at Kern in last year’s finale, will pilot the No. 44 Thursday to allow Harvick to run his No. 4 for fans who follow his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series successes.

Return Engagement: David Mayhew posted a pair of top five finishes in his two starts last year, and he’ll return to Kern Thursday in the No. 17 MMI Services Chevrolet. Mayhew, who has 10 career K&N Pro Series West wins, has led the most (146) laps of any competitor at the Bakersfield half-mile. He has four top fives in six races there. He also won an astounding 15 times in the Late Model division at Kern in 2013 en route to the track’s inaugural NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I title.

Nothing New: While this is the season opener for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, seven drivers in the field already have K&N Pro Series track time and experience on the new radial tires this year thanks to running the East opener at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway last month. Rouse finished second and Kraus was fourth in the New Smyrna 175. Deegan, Salvatore Iovino, Jesse Iwuji, Andrew Tuttle and Vanderwal also made their season debuts in Florida.

Streaking: Harvick has made plenty of headlines with his three straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins this season. He enters Thursday on another winning streak: Two straight K&N Pro Series victories. Prior to his win at Sonoma Raceway last year, Harvick was the highest finishing West driver (second overall to a then 16-year-old Joey Logano) in the inaugural combination race at Iowa Speedway in 2007. He was credited with a West win, under the race rules at the time. His previous start before that? He was 13th in the 2005 West opener at Phoenix.

Full Schedule: In addition to the K&N Pro Series West opener, Thursday night at Kern will also feature the track’s Whelen All-American Series Late Model division. Harvick will serve as Grand Marshal for the Happy Harvick 50 for the division. Kern’s Super Stock and Les Schwab Tires Spec-Mod divisions headline the racing on Saturday, March 24.