Eckes to make debut with KBM at Iowa

Christian Eckes will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) in the M&M's 200 at Iowa Speedway Saturday as part of a four-race schedule driving a fourth entry for the organization. Mobil 1™ - the world's leading synthetic motor oil brand- will be the primary sponsor for the 17-year-old driver's debut this weekend and will also adorn the hood of his No. 46 Tundra at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill., June 23 and ISM Raceway in Avondale, Ariz., Nov. 9. Eckes' sponsor for his race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway Oct. 27 will be named at a later date.

In preparation for his Truck Series debut, Eckes participated in a two-day test with his KBM teammate Todd Gilliland at the 0.875-mile oval May 29 and 30. He has also competed in the ARCA Racing Series event at Iowa the past two seasons. In 2016, he qualified second and finished 11th, while last year he qualified 15th and finished eighth.

Eckes picked up his first career ARCA Racing Series victory at Salem (Ind.) Speedway Apr. 22 after leading 72 laps of the 200-lap event, including the final 52 circuits. He has an average finish of 10.2 across his four ARCA starts in 2018.

The Middletown, N.Y., native put his name on the motorsports map when he won the prestigious Snowball Derby Super Late Model race at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., in December of 2016. The then 15-year-old battled side-by-side with John Hunter Nemechek for the final two laps before narrowly edging him to the finish line.

Cody Glick, who oversees KBM's Super Late Model program, will serve as Eckes' crew chief for his four-race schedule. Glick picked up his first career Truck Series victory when he called the shots for Kyle Busch's win from the pole at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway last year. The No. 46 team has made one start this season, a third-place finish with Brandon Jones at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

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