Christian Eckes will make his third of four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) starts this season for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) driving the No. 46 CRAFTSMAN® Tundra Saturday in the Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway. The talented youngster showcased his driving abilities by leading 34 laps and winning the second stage of his last start at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill., in June. Unfortunately, he got wrecked while running fourth just seven laps into the Final Stage of the event and ended the race with a disappointing 28th-place finish. The New York native started ninth, led four laps and finished eighth in a successful Truck Series debut in June at Iowa Speedway in Newton. After Martinsville, he will make his final start of 2018 in the No. 46 Mobil 1 Tundra Nov. 8 at ISM Raceway in Avondale, Ariz.
Eckes dominated his final ARCA Racing Series start of 2018, leading 171 of 200 laps en route to victory in the Oct. 6 event at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Ind. The 17-year-old driver also was triumphant at Salem (Ind.) Speedway in April and on the dirt track at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield in August. Overall in 13 ARCA starts this season, he posted three wins, two poles, 420 laps led, six top-five and eight top-10 finishes and an average finish of 7.3. The talented teenager was impressive down the stretch, registering an average finish of 4.8 and two victories across his final five starts.
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, is serving as Eckes' crew chief for his four-race schedule in the Truck Series this year. 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. Under Glick's guidance, the No. 46 team has finished inside the top 10 twice in four starts this season; eighth at Iowa Speedway in June with Eckes and a third-place finish with Brandon Jones at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
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