Derek Krum is a 17-year-old senior at New Egypt High School in NJ, and attends Ocean County Vocational Technical School, where he is studying in the electrical program.
He started racing quarter midgets at the Garden State Quarter Midget Racing Club in Wall, NJ at the age of five. He was highly successful during my quarter midget career, capturing many feature wins, trophy cup wins and two track championships. At 11 years old, Derek retired from quarter midgets and started to race a micro 270 sprint car, moving from asphalt to dirt. His 270 micro sprint car career spanned over the next four years. In his rookie year, he placed third in the points, and picked up a couple of wins. He raced at Borger’s Speedway in Saylorsburg, PA, and at Bridgeport Speedway in NJ.
In 2014, Derek moved up to a crate modified sportsman and ran in the rookie division at his hometown New Egypt Speedway in New Egypt, NJ. NJ laws require that a driver be 16 years of age; however, he was able to secure special permission from the NJ State Police, and was permitted to race that season at the age of 15. He had five rookie feature wins, a top ten finish with the modified sportsman, and clinched the 2014 rookie championship, being the youngest rookie champion in the history of the speedway.
After the rookie season, his racing team moved to the modified sportsman division, where he competed in 2015. Although the season proved to be a challenge, he finished 10th in points, and secured five top ten finishes in the division. Derek will compete as a sportsman in the 2016 season at New Egypt Speedway.