Spire Motorsports has entered choose Truck races this 12 months with numerous drivers, successful at North Wilkesboro with Kyle Larson.
Different 2023 drivers have included Corey LaJoie, Jonathan Davenport, Austin Hill, Layne Riggs, and Carson Kvapil.
All begins have include the No. 7 Chevrolet, however for the primary time, Spire will enter two vans in the identical race subsequent weekend at Phoenix Raceway. Together with Andretti within the No. 7 machine, the staff may even enter the No. 77 with Kraus behind the wheel.
With backing from Western States Flooring, Kraus will probably be again with Spire for the second time this 12 months. He beforehand competed with the staff at Milwaukee, ending eighth.
Andrew Overstreet will function crew chief and Mike Hoffman will function the truck chief as a part of the group’s technical alliance with JR Motorsports.
“I’m actually wanting ahead to racing at Phoenix with Spire Motorsports and all the fellows on that staff,” mentioned Kraus in a launch from the staff. “Phoenix Raceway is considered one of my favourite races on the schedule, simply due to how aggressive the monitor is. I’m grateful to have Western States Flooring on board and searching ahead to placing on present for that group. We had day at Milwaukee earlier this season so hopefully we will pull some notes from that weekend and put them to good use in Phoenix.”
2023 has been an enormous 12 months for Kraus, who has made seven begins within the Xfinity Sequence with Kaulig Racing and completed as excessive as eighth (twice).
He has 75 Truck Sequence begins since 2018, scoring 4 top-fives, 27 top-tens and 4 poles.
“We’re joyful to have Derek again in a Spire Motorsports Chevy Silverado subsequent weekend,” mentioned Spire staff supervisor Mike Greci. “He did a pleasant job when he drove for us on the Milwaukee Mile and we expect numerous that success ought to translate to Phoenix. He’s extremely mature for his age and has a knack for getting essentially the most out of his tools. When the chance took place to place him in a second truck for Phoenix, it was sort of all-hands-on-deck to determine a strategy to make it occur. He’ll be a fantastic praise to Marco Andretti and vice versa, so we’re optimistic in regards to the possibilities for each our vans.”