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Tracking The Trucks: Inside Winless Wonder Matt Crafton’s Championship Season

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In a Nutshell: Austin Hill placed the perfect bookend on his 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series season by cruising to victory in the Homestead-Miami Speedway season finale. His Ford 200 trophy earned Friday night (Nov. 15) matched up perfectly with a victory in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Unfortunately for Hill, though, …

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Austin Hill Wins Ford EcoBoost 200; Matt Crafton Claims 3rd Truck Championship

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Hattori Racing Enterprises’ Austin Hill took advantage of slightly fresher tires on the final run of the race to run down Matt Crafton and take the lead with 23 laps to go.  From there, Hill opened up a gap and held on to take his fourth win of 2019.  However, Crafton kept Hill in sight …

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Christian Eckes, Raphael Lessard to Compete Full Time for Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2020

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Kyle Busch Motorsports has tabbed a pair of teenagers for its NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series lineup in 2020. 18-year-old Raphael Lessard and 19-year-old Christian Eckes will each pilot full-time entries for KBM, the team announced Nov. 14. Both will compete for rookie of the year honors. Eckes, the 2019 ARCA Menards Series champion, will …

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Reviewing the 2019 ARCA Season

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The 2019 ARCA Menards Series season has come to an end, and Christian Eckes became the 36th different champion in its 67th season. The season saw seven different drivers capture victories over the 20 races. Venturini Motorsports won the owners’ championship, and the organization won 14 races this season. Eckes and teammate Michael Self finished …

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Christian Eckes wins NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 Pole at Martinsville

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Christian Eckes has won the pole for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series’ NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 at Martinsville Speedway. It’s his third pole this season in seven starts. The driver of the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra shot to the top of the leaderboard with a lap of 95.424 mph, followed …

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Christian Eckes, Todd Gilliland Top Martinsville Truck Practices

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Kyle Busch Motorsports teammates Christian Eckes and Todd Gilliland led the pair of NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series practice sessions on Friday (Oct. 25) for the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 at Martinsville Speedway. Eckes and the No. 51 KBM team snuck to the top of the leaderboard in the closing seconds of the first …

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Pace Laps: As The Keselowski Crumbles

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: As The Keselowski Crumbles Brad Keselowski is the driving force upon which Team Penske’s NASCAR team is built. He’s the one who strongly suggested Joey Logano as a future teammate while earning his first and only Cup championship in 2012. His unique voice and Twitter presence showcases a passion for …

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ARCA Racing Series Breakdown: 2019 Kansas 150

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In a Nutshell: The battle between Venturini Motorsports teammates Michael Self and Christian Eckes was the entirety of the story Friday night at Kansas Speedway, and at the end of a largely uneventful 100 laps it was Eckes that left with the trophy, leading the final 43 laps to his fourth win of the 2019 …

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Christian Eckes Beats Michael Self on Restart to Win ARCA Kansas 150, Season Championship

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The task at hand was simple for Christian Eckes — beat Michael Self. On the final restart on lap 58 of the ARCA Kansas 150, that is exactly what Eckes did as he and Self battled side-by-side through turns 1 and 2 and down the backstretch before the 18-year-old Eckes prevailed and drove his way …

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ARCA Preview: 2019 ARCA Kansas 150

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The ARCA Menards Series wraps up its season with the 2019 ARCA Kansas 150 at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 18. It is the 19th race for the series at the 1.5-mile track in Kansas City, Kan., and it will host the season finale next year too. Entering the final race, Christian Eckes leads Michael Self …

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