TUCSON, Ariz. — Derek Kraus backed up his fast time in practice with as strong qualifying run.
The 16-year-old from Stratford, Wisconsin, won his second career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West pole Saturday afternoon in qualifying for the evening’s Port of Tucson Twin 100s.
Kraus’ No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota put down alap of 15.996 (84.396) around the banked .375-mile oval. Kraus is going for his third straight win dating back to last season’s finale.
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Derek Thorn qualified second at 16.088 (83.913), followed by Kraus’ teammate, Cole Rouse, at 16.151 (83.586).
Kody Vanderwal was fourth, followed by Matt Levin.
Ryan Partridge, Ron Norman, Hailie Deegan, Devin Dodson and Trevor Huddleston rounded out the top 10.
The lineup for the second of the night’s 100-lap features will be set based on the driver’s fastest lap in the first 100-lap race. Both races are championship points events.
The first race of the Port of Tucson 100s is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT, with the second twin 100 is approximately 9:30 p.m.