Derek Kraus takes victory lane twice in Tucson doubleheader

TUCSON, Ariz. (WSAW) -- Stratford native Derek Kraus continues to make his way to victory lane. Saturday night, the 17-year-old won a twin bill at the Port of Tucson Twin 100s.

The victories were his first on the K&N Pro Series West. The wins were his third and fourth on the K&N Pro Series overall. It was also his eighth and ninth career wins on the K&N Pro Series.

The top spot on the podium comes less than a week after his victory in the Twin 100 at South Boston Speedway.

“That was the goal coming into this race,” Kraus said in an interview with “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.”

Kraus was dominant in the first of the twin bill. He led the entire 100 laps.

Race number two didn't come as easy. Kraus didn't lead until after the halfway point, but once he had the lead, he took control.

“This one we had to work a little harder on,” Kraus said in an interview with “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.”