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Casey Krautkramer Reporter The Record-Review
Derek Kraus of Stratford returned to racing in person, instead of on his home computer, on Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The 18-year-old Stratford High School senior, who is a member of the 2020 COVID-19 graduating class, took 16th place out of 40 drivers competing in Tuesday’s race as part of the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series.
He drives the No. 19 Toyota Tundra for McAnally-Hilgemann Racing.
Chase Elliott, the son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, won the race championship at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Chase is 24 years old and he drives the No. 24 Chevy Silverado for GMS Racing.
The state of Georgia legislature renamed Route 183 as Elliott Family Parkway in honor of Bill Elliott’s NASCAR racing career.
Kyle Busch took second place in the race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Busch is 35 years old and he was born in Las Vegas, Nev.
Busch has many nicknames, including Rowdy and Wild Thing for his style of driving. People also call him The Candy Man because of his long sponsorship with Mars, Inc. He drives the No. 51 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
Truck driver Austin Hill of the state of Georgia leads the 2020 Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series standings with 120 points. He drives the No. 16 Toyota Tundra.
Johnny Sauter, 42, of Necedah, is currently tied for second place with
Zane Smith, 20, of California in the truck series standings with 103 points each.
Sauter drives the No. 13 Ford F-150 and Smith races the No. 21 Chevy Silverado. The top three truck racers in the points standings have all placed in the top five once in a race this season, but none of them have won a race championship.
Kraus is currently in 12th place out of 50 drivers competing in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series this season.
Now that Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order has been lifted, local race tracks are gearing up for their season openers.
State Park Speedway in Rib Mountain will hold its first race this Thursday, May 28. Pit gates open at 3:30 p.m. and fan gates at 4:30 p.m. Qualifying begins at 6 p.m. and the race starts at 7 p.m.
SK Speedway in Unity will have its first race this Friday, May 29. Gates open at 4 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30 p.m.
Marshfield Motor Speedway will hold its first race on Saturday, June 13, with the CWRA Super Late Models. The Bev Aschenbrenner Memorial race has been resheduled to Aug. 29 with the Tundra Super Late Model races.