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Driver Bio


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Driver Bio

The 21-year-old Stratford, Wisconsin native is coming off three full-time seasons that saw him complete more than 96% of the laps contested and have a thrilling runner-up finish at Darlington Raceway during his rookie year in 2020.

The green flag on Kraus’ racing career dropped in 2008 when he competed in the Wisconsin Go Kart Series as a seven-year-old. He moved to the Midwest Bandolero Series, then transitioned into Midwest Truck Series competition, where he won numerous races and a championship.

In 2016, Kraus became the youngest driver to win an ARCA Midwest Series race breaking a record that had stood for over two decades, surpassing such notables as Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth and NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin.

In 2017, Kraus moved to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series with Bill McAnally Racing (BMR). Over the next three seasons, he won ten races, captured eight poles, collected more than thirty top-10 finishes, secured rookie of the year honors in 2017, and won the K&N Pro Series West championship in 2019. While competing in the West series, Kraus added three victories, a pair of poles, and fifteen top-10 finishes across 19 races on the K&N Pro Series East side.

In 2018, Kraus made his truck debut at Phoenix Raceway, finishing eighth. In 2019, he made four Truck Series starts securing a best finish of eighth at Dover (Del.) Motor Speedway.

For 2023, Kraus has been hired by Legacy Motor Club to be the simulator driver as it grows its NASCAR Cup Series program. Legacy MC is owned by Maury Gallagher and seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Richard Petty and Jimmie Johnson. He will also run a part-time schedule with Young’s Motorsports in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and with Kaulig Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Kraus enjoys wrestling, snowmobiling, and spending time with his family off the track. He resides in Mooresville, NC.


Derek Kraus



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