MONROE, Wash. — Score one for the kid.
Derek Kraus won the pole for Saturday night’s NAPA Auto Parts 175 presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame at Evergreen Speedway after turning a 23.298-second lap. Beating out veterans Derek Thorn and Ryan Partridge, he earned his second pole this season, fifth of his K&N West career and sixth in his K&N Pro Series career.
Kraus has two wins to his credit this season (Kern County and Douglas County) and is looking to make it three tonight to close the gap in the championship standings. In his only other start at Evergreen last season, he started third and finished 11th.
Derek Thorn (23.379) and Ryan Partridge (23.413) will roll off second and third when the green flag flies on the 175-lap event. They both have two career starts at the 0.625-mile facility, both resulting in top five finishes.
Cole Rouse (23.508) qualified fourth, but hit the wall in Turn 1 with minutes remaining in the session. The damage on his No. 99 was too severe to repair, and his Bill McAnally Racing team will start at the rear of the field in a back-up car.
That means Todd Souza (23.532) will start fourth, with Tyler Tanner (23.573) rounding out the top five. Hailie Deegan, Kody Vanderwal, Trevor Huddleston, Matt Levin and Nick Joanides complete the top 10 starters.
The green flag for the ninth event of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season is scheduled to fly at 6:30 p.m.