Roseville team drivers looking to battle it out on track they call homeBy: Gold Country Media Staff
Race fans in Placer County and from afar will get an opportunity to see many of the young, upcoming stars of NASCAR in action when the NASCAR K&N Pro Series returns to All American Speedway in Roseville this Saturday for the NAPA AutoCare Center / Roseville Toyota 200 presented by TriCo Welding Supplies and the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame.
Among the young stars competing in NASCAR’s top developmental series are three drivers from Bill McAnally Racing based right in the heart of Roseville - Derek Kraus, Cole Rouse, and Hailie Deegan. All three are battling for the K&N West championship, attempting to deliver BMR its fourth consecutive title and ninth overall series championship. In addition, Deegan is in contention to become the third consecutive BMR driver to win the rookie title in the series.
Kraus is a 17-year-old from Stratford, Wisconsin who drives the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry. In his first season with BMR last year, he won the K&N West Rookie of the Year title and finished third in the championship standings.
Rouse – a 21-year-old from Fort Smith, Arkansas – wheels the No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota Camry. He joined BMR this season as he returned to the K&N Pro Series West, where he had competed as a rookie in 2016. In his year away from the series in 2017, Rouse won a championship racing for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the CARS Super Late Model Tour.
Deegan, driver of the No. 19 Mobil 1/NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry, is a 17-year-old from Temecula, California. Prior to transitioning to stock cars, she won multiple championships in off-road racing – where she began her racing career at the age of 8. She is the daughter of X Games freestyle motocross champion, Brian Deegan.
Kraus and Deegan are members of the NASCAR Next program that spotlights NASCAR’s rising stars. NASCAR Next alumni include Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, William Byron, Alex Bowman, Darrell Wallace Jr., Cole Custer, and John Hunter Nemechek.
Kraus finished fourth at Roseville last year and Rouse finished sixth there as a rookie in 2016. Deegan, who has raced in Super Late Model events at All American Speedway, will be competing in her first K&N West race there.
All American Speedway, located only about 20 miles from the state capitol, has been a regular stop on the series schedule for more than a decade.
In addition to winning a record eight series championships, BMR has garnered more than 85 victories between the East and West divisions of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series.
BMR teams dominated the competition in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in 2017. Drivers Todd Gilliland, Chris Eggleston, and Derek Kraus finished 1-2-3, respectively, while winning 11 of 14 series events.