Bill McA­nally Rac­ing mov­ing up to Na­tional Tour­ing Series

Antelope Valley Press - - SPORTS - By BRIAN GOLDEN Val­ley Press Staff Writer

Bill McA­nally Rac­ing has dom­i­nated the K&N Pro Series West, the premier NAS­CAR Re­gional Tour­ing Series west of the Mis­sis­sippi, for the past decade.

Now they’re mov­ing up to NAS­CAR’s Na­tional Tour­ing Series.

Ro­seville, Cal­i­for­nia-based BMR has an­nounced this week it will field a full-sea­son en­try in the NAS­CAR Gan­der Out­doors Truck Series for 2019 NK&NPSW cham­pion Derek Kraus.

Kraus, 18, will drive the No. 19 Toy­ota Tun­dra for newly formed McA­nally-Hil­ge­mann Rac­ing, in al­liance with 2018 series cham­pion Hat­tori Rac­ing En­ter­prises.

Kevin Bel­licort, the gen­eral man­ager at BMR, will serve as Kraus’ crew chief.

Bill Hil­ge­mann, a busi­ness­man in Kraus’ home­town of Strat­ford, Wis­con­sin, will pro­vide spon­sor­ship back­ing.

Kraus won 10 West Series races the last three years.

He has made five ca­reer starts in the Truck Series.

Kraus posted top-10 fin­ishes at Phoenix and Dover in 2019.

“We’ve been work­ing hard to find ways to move Derek up to the next level in NAS­CAR,” McA­nally told RACER.com. “It’s been great to be part of his de­vel­op­ment these past three years in the West Series.

“We’re very ex­cited to part­ner with Bill Hil­ge­mann, and to work with such a strong Toy­ota team as HRE. They know how to win cham­pi­onships.”

Bill McA­nally is the only owner to win eight NAS­CAR re­gional tour­ing series cham­pi­onships.

Bren­dan Gaughan and Eric Holmes each won back-to-back series ti­tles, and Todd Gilliland was the lat­est BMR cham­pi­onship alum­nus be­fore Kraus.

Sean Wood­side won BMR its first West Series ti­tle in 1999.

Kraus won an in­tra­mu­ral bat­tle at BMR with team­mate Hailie Dee­gan to take the Series cham­pi­onship a year ago.

Kee­gan fa­mously bump-drafted Kraus out of the way on the fi­nal lap at Idaho to win.

Dee­gan signed with Ford Per­for­mance for 2020. The two fig­ure to cross paths again this sea­son.

“It’s go­ing to be a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, mov­ing up to the Truck Series,” Kraus said.

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