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Derek Kraus. (Kaulig Racing photo)

Derek Kraus To Run Part-Time Cup Series Schedule

LEXINGTON, N.C. — Kaulig Racing announced that Derek Kraus will make his NASCAR Cup Series debut in the No. 16 Western States Flooring Camaro ZL1 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Kraus, who made eight NASCAR Xfinity Series starts for Kaulig Racing in 2023 and earned three top-10 finishes, will also compete in a limited Cup Series schedule in the team’s No. 16 Camaro ZL1.

“I’m really excited to make my first Cup Series start with Kaulig Racing, the team that I also made my Xfinity Series debut with,” said Kraus. “I’m thankful to Matt Kaulig and Chris Rice for believing in me, as well as Western States Flooring, a partner that has supported me throughout my career. I can’t wait to get to work with Travis Mack’s group and see what we can do in Las Vegas.”

Although he will make his first Cup Series start in Las Vegas, Kraus practiced and qualified the No. 16 Camaro ZL1 in 2023 at Richmond Raceway, while teammate, A.J. Allmendinger, competed in the NXS race at Road America before flying to Richmond to compete in the Cup Series race that Sunday.

“We’re excited to have Derek Kraus make his first Cup start with us at Kaulig Racing,” said Chris Rice, president of Kaulig Racing. “Not only did he practice in the No. 16 last year for AJ Allmendinger, but Derek is our simulator driver that helps get our setups ready each week. We know what Derek is capable of, and we can’t wait to see what he can do starting in Las Vegas.”

Following his Cup Series debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Kraus will compete in the following races:

  • Shriners Children’s 500 at Phoenix Raceway
  • AdventHealth 400 at Kansas Speedway
  • Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway
  • Enjoy Illinois 300 at World Wide Technology Raceway
  • NASCAR Cup Series Championship race at Phoenix Raceway