Eckes Expands Schedule With Kyle Busch Motorsports

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Christian Eckes is ready to return to the site of his 2016 Snowball Derby victory. (Toyota Racing photo)

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Christian Eckes is returning to Kyle Busch Motorsports to compete in seven NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races this year.

Eckes, who is also pursing the ARCA Racing Series championship with Venturini Motorsports, will drive the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra starting with the season opener at Daytona Int’l Speedway on Feb. 15. The truck will carry sponsorship from SiriusXM.

Eckes posted three top-10 finishes across four Truck Series starts driving KBM’s fourth entry, the No. 46 Tundra, in 2018. He had an impressive run at Gateway, where he qualified second, led 34 laps and won stage two before being taken out in a mid-race accident while running inside the top five.

“I’m very thankful and excited to be back with Kyle Busch Motorsports and Toyota Racing for seven races in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series this year,” Eckes said. “With the experience I gained last year, the hard work I’ve put in with the Toyota Racing Development training staff in the off season and now having Rudy (Fugle, crew chief) and his team to learn from, I’ll be fully prepared to take advantage of each and every opportunity I’m given this season. I know we are going to be able to contend for the win at every track we go to, starting off at Daytona in the SiriusXM Tundra.”

“Christian progressed nicely last year collecting some wins in the ARCA Racing Series and also did a nice job with the limited opportunities he had driving for our fourth team last year,” owner Kyle Busch said. “At Gateway he showed that he’s capable of running up front and leading laps. With being a full-time driver in the ARCA Series this year, getting more seat time there and also having more races on his schedule with us, we feel that his progression will continue and he’ll be a guy that can compete for wins in the Truck Series.”

The 18-year-old driver’s Truck Series schedule will also include events at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill. June 22, Pocono (Pa.) Raceway July 27, Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway Sept. 13, Martinsville (Va.) Speedway Oct. 26 and the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 15.