Derek Kraus wins NASCAR K&N Pro Series East opener at New Smyrna

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Stratford native Derek Kraus used strategy to conserve his tires, then took the lead with 40 laps to go on his way to victory in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series season opening New Smyrna 175 at New Smyrna Speedway.

Kraus started the race 16th, and methodically made his way through the field while also saving his tires on his way to the front. When leaders Colin Garrett and Ty Gibbs made contact in the later stages, Kraus took advantage.

“They were racing each other pretty hard,” Kraus said in Victory Lane following the win. “I had to stay on my toes for them to make contact and that’s exactly what they did. They drifted up in (Turns) 3 and 4 and I saw an opening so that’s when I took it. I might’ve gotten in the grass, but I got it done.”

The next event for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will be the Zombie Auto 150 on Saturday, April 6 at Bristol Motor Speedway.