Mooresville, North Carolina (June 13, 2018) – As a driver working his way up through the ranks of professional stock car racing, there is no bigger career moment than making your first NASCAR start. Double down on those emotions knowing your chance comes driving for one of the sports’ elite teams.
Well, that moment is now for teenage driver Christian Eckes.
Eckes, 17, will get his shot with one of racing’s best, Kyle Busch Motorsports, when he makes his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut Saturday, June 16 at Iowa Speedway.
Eckes will make his NASCAR series debut driving KBM’s No.46 Toyota Tundra with primary sponsorship coming the way of Mobil 1™ – the world’s leading synthetic motor oil brand.
“This is a very proud moment and one I’ve been preparing for since I started racing,” says Eckes. “It’s a great feeling going to a track I’m familiar with for my first truck start. I’ve run laps here in the ARCA car and spent two days last month testing with KBM.”
“Iowa is a place I know - our Tundra will be good. I’ve got a lot of confidence not only in myself but this team. I’ve put a lot of preparation into this start – spent a bunch of time working out, in the sim and watching film. Mentally and physically I’m ready. I really want to deliver these guys a strong finish. Finishing inside the top-10 is my goal.”
“I Can’t thank everyone enough – Toyota, Mobil 1 and KBM. It’s been team effort to get me to this point.”
A member of Toyota Racing’s TD2 Development program, Eckes has been a force to be reckoned with over the last three partial seasons driving for Venturini Motorsports in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. Competing in 18 ARCA events since his series debut in 2015, Eckes has led 348-laps, earning one victory, five top-5 and 12 top-10 finishes.
Eckes picked up his first career ARCA victory at Salem (Ind.) Speedway Apr. 22 after leading 72 laps of the 200-lap event, including the final 52 circuits. The Salem victory came in his second of 13 ARCA races scheduled with Venturini Motorsports this season.
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.
Cody Glick, who oversees KBM’s Super Late Model program, will serve as Eckes’ crew chief for his four NCWTS races. 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.
Follow Christian Eckes on social media by visiting @ChristianEckes on Twitter and Instagram, @ChristianEckesRacing on Facebook or visit his official website at www.ChristianEckesRacing.com.
The NASCAR Truck race from Iowa will air live on FOX SPORTS 1 Saturday, June 16 at 7:00 PM EST.