Stratford native Kraus enjoying success in NASCAR's K&N Pro Series

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The K&N Pro series is NASCAR's top developmental series for future racing stars.

The series features a lot of young drivers looking to make their mark on the industry and move on to the next level.

One of those drivers is 16-year-old Stratford native Derek Kraus, who stopped to sign autographs for fans in Mosinee Wednesday.

The 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year in the series West Division, Kraus has been driving the number 16 car for Bill McAnally Racing this season.

Kraus has picked up two West wins so far this year, and leads the series with three poles.

He's seen an impressive amount of success, but it hasn't come without hard work.

"It's a big learning curve for me with these different race cars, I had to learn a whole new style of racing really," Kraus said. "But it's really fun to visit the whole west coast from Oregon all the way down to Arizona, all the west coast states. It's really fun to go down there and travel the west coast. It's just different out there, it's hard to explain, but it's fun to go out there and race different people and race these different cars for Bill McAnally Racing."

Kraus will race Friday at Iowa Speedway in the Casey's General Store 150, before returning to north central Wisconsin Saturday to compete in the Larry Detjens Memorial Race at State Park Speedway in Wausau.