The latest addition to the Speed51 Super Select lineup has won races across the short track racing landscape throughout his young career. With wins at the Super Late Model level, as well as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series level, 17-year-old Derek Kraus has accepted his invitation to compete in the $10,000 “Winner-Take-All” race this Saturday at Lucas Oil Raceway (IN).
Fresh off his 17th birthday this past weekend, Kraus heads to Lucas Oil Raceway with a trio of wins in NASCAR K&N Pro Series competition, two in the West Series where he also holds the points lead and the latest in the combination event at Gateway Motorsports Park.
Now, he is eager to make the most of his invitation this weekend in Indianapolis.
“It’s a big race for sure, a lot of big names going to it, plenty of great competition with the best of the best,” Kraus told Speed51.com. “It’s great to get noticed and invited to this Speed51 race. It’s going to be a lot of fun, I’ve never been to Indianapolis or the race track, but I’ve been there on iRacing, so it’ll be fun to learn for real.”
The Wisconsin youngster is heading to LOR with a guide to the 5/8-mile oval that he knows well, his dad Mark Kraus.
“It’s a big track for sure, my dad has been there for CRA races,” the younger Kraus explained. “I’m sure he’ll be of help, and if we can get some time on the track that will be of help.”
While winning on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series circuit has been a great career builder for Kraus, the former ARCA Midwest Tour winner is eager to win with his Super Late Model here and now. Of course, there is also the prestige of winning in Indianapolis in the shadows of the Brickyard.
“It has been a great year for sure with all the wins,” Kraus said. “Even with all the ups and downs, like when we ran out of fuel out at Evergreen while leading that one. But we came right back with a big win at Gateway. I really want to win in the Late Model sometime soon, I haven’t won in the Late Model in a year or so. It would be awesome to win it at Indianapolis.”
Most of all, Kraus wants to be the one at the end of the night Saturday saying that he was the one that was able to come out on top of one of the toughest Super Late Model fields of the year.
“This race would be big to win just because of the competition alone, with so many good cars and drivers there,” Kraus stated. “It will be a big race for anyone to add to their resume if they do win. Hopefully we can be the ones to do it.”
The Speed51 Super Select will be hosted by Track Enterprises and sanctioned by the Champion Racing Association (CRA). A pair of 75-lap features will be contested that evening, one for the Super Late Models and another for the USAC Silver Crown Series.
A full entry list, weekend schedule and more information about the Speed51 Super Select can be found by visiting Super Select Central on Speed51.com.
Those unable to make it to Indianapolis will be able to watch the race via a live pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51.com. Live video tickets can be purchased today by clicking here.
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-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Speed51.com
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