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Christian Eckes drives No. 18 Toyota Tundra to eighth-place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway

Christian Eckes finished eighth in the Baptist Health 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday.

The top 10 finish for Eckes added 40 points to his season total.

Eckes started in fourth position and led 17 laps in the race, holding the lead a total of three times. The third-year driver has accumulated four top-five and eight top-10 finishes in his career.

Eckes had his career debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Saturday’s race.

The Greenville, New York native’s starting and finishing positions compared favorably to his career averages, starting two spots higher than his career mark of 5.6 and completing the race five places ahead of his 13.2 career average finish.

Eckes’ eighth-place finish came against 38 other drivers. The race endured seven cautions and 34 caution laps. There were eight lead changes.

Kyle Busch secured the win in the race, and Tyler Ankrum finished second. Ross Chastain placed third, Chase Elliott secured fourth, and Johnny Sauter finished off the top five.

After Chastain won the first stage, Busch grabbed control and won Stage 2 before taking the checkered flag.

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