Derek Kraus started racing a box stock go kart on dirt. He was the GSR Kartway champion in 2012 and 2013. Also in 2013 Kraus was the Midwest Bandolero track champion at State Park Speedway. 2014 was not only a busy, but a successful year for the now 14 year old. Derek was the state INEX Bandolero champion, the State Park Speedway Midwest Bandolero track champion, and also finished fourth in the Midwest Truck series, accumulating two fast qualifier awards in the series. In 2015, just a few days before his 14th birthday, Kraus won his first ever career super late model race. He grabbed the checkered flag in the season championship feature event at State Park Speedway and was also the track’s Rookie of the Year. His success didn’t stop there, however. The young driver out of Stratford, WI continued his winning ways in the Midwest Truck Series and clinched the 2015 Midwest Truck Series Championship. This year, Derek will be looking for another Rookie of the Year title in the ARCA Midwest Tour.
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