NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Overview
Event: Texas Roadhouse 200, Race 20 of 23, 200 Laps – 50/50/100; 105.2 Miles
Location: Martinsville (Va.) Speedway (0.526-mile oval)
Date/Broadcast: Oct. 27, 2018 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR 90
What You Need to Know
- 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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Christian Eckes, Driver Q&A
Saturday will be your first start at Martinsville in any series. What do you know about the track?
“It’s definitely a different track — they call it the paperclip and it really is just that. Both corners are pretty similar, but it’s kind of weird to get a handle on that race track — there’s so much braking and handling to go in there. I’m really excited to go there.”
Now that you have a couple Truck Series starts under your belt are you more confident heading into your third start?
“Absolutely — I’ve got a lot of confidence in the 46 team in general. At Gateway I felt like we had a shot to win there — we ran really well. Hopefully we can take that momentum and have a good run at Martinsville.”
Christian Eckes Career Highlights
- Produced three wins, 420 laps led, six top-five and eight top-10 finishes across 13 ARCA Racing Series starts in 2018.
- In 27 career ARCA Racing starts since 2016 has produced three wins, 10 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 8.3.
- In 2017, collected four top-five and nine top-10 finishes across 10 ARCA events and four top-five and five top-10 finishes in six CARS Super Late Model Tour starts.
- In 2016, recorded one top-10 result in four ARCA starts and two top-10 finishes across three K&N Pro Series East starts.
Christian Eckes’ No. 46 Craftsman Tundra:
KBM-034: The No. 46 Craftsman team will race KBM-034 for Saturday’s Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville. Eckes drove the Tundra to an eighth-place finish in his Truck Series debut at Iowa Speedway in Newton in June. Owner-driver Kyle Busch piloted the truck to its lone victory in March of 2016 at Martinsville and Harrison Burton finished fourth with it earlier this year at the Virginia track.