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Atlanta Motor Speedway Race Results

Fr8 208 Results

March 18, 2023

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RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Christian Eckes

19 |

4

Running

137

35

50

6

2

Nicholas Sanchez

2 |

20

Running

137

11

36

0

3

John H. Nemechek

17 |

24

Running

137

53

0

0

4

Bayley Currey

41 |

30

Running

137

0

0

0

5

Ben Rhodes

99 |

3

Running

137

3

42

0

6

Matt DiBenedetto

25 |

10

Running

137

0

37

0

7

Chase Purdy

4 |

9

Running

137

0

32

0

8

Timmy Hill

56 |

18

Running

137

2

29

0

9

Matt Crafton

88 |

8

Running

137

29

45

1

10

Jack Wood

51 |

17

Running

137

2

27

0

11

Ty Majeski

98 |

2

Running

137

0

40

0

12

Hailie Deegan

13 |

32

Running

137

0

25

0

13

Bret Holmes

32 |

33

Running

137

0

24

0

14

Ryan Vargas

30 |

35

Running

137

0

23

0

15

Kris Wright

02 |

25

Running

137

1

22

0

16

Daniel Dye

43 |

19

Running

137

0

21

0

17

Akinori Ogata

46 |

34

Running

137

0

20

0

18

Jake Garcia

35 |

12

Running

137

0

20

0

19

Grant Enfinger

23 |

7

Running

137

0

29

0

20

Zane Smith

38 |

1

Running

137

0

31

0

21

Spencer Boyd

12 |

27

Running

137

0

16

0

22

Stewart Friesen

52 |

14

Running

137

0

21

0

23

Josh Reaume

22 |

28

Running

137

0

14

0

24

Tanner Gray

15 |

11

Running

137

0

13

0

25

Rajah Caruth

24 |

22

Running

137

0

12

0

26

Tyler Ankrum

16 |

13

Running

136

0

15

0

27

Colby Howard

9 |

15

Track Bar

134

0

10

0

28

Layne Riggs

1 |

23

Running

134

0

9

0

29

Mason Massey

33 |

26

Running

134

0

8

0

30

Dean Thompson

5 |

16

Running

131

0

7

0

31

Carson Hocevar

42 |

5

Accident

127

0

6

0

32

Lawless Alan

45 |

21

Accident

126

0

5

0

33

Kaden Honeycutt

04 |

29

Running

123

1

4

0

34

Corey Heim

11 |

6

Accident

83

0

9

0

35

Mason Maggio

20 |

31

Accident

52

0

2

0

36

Keith McGee

34 |

36

Transmission

7

0

1

0

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  • POS 1 | LEADER

    Christian Eckes

    POS1

    LEADER

    Christian Eckes

    Driver badge number 19 |

  • POS 2 | 0.078

    Nick Sanchez

    POS2

    0.078

    Nick Sanchez

    Driver badge number 2 |

  • POS 3 | 0.206

    John Hunter Nemechek

    POS3

    0.206

    John Hunter Nemechek

    Driver badge number 17 |

Christian Eckes powers to overtime Craftsman Trucks victory at Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. — Christian Eckes finished where he started Saturday‘s Fr8 208 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway — with a lot of turmoil in between.

Eckes claimed his second victory in the series in overtime, choosing the bottom lane and front-row position for a restart on lap 136 of 137.

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After leading the first 30-lap stage of the race wire-to-wire, however, Eckes sped on pit road and lost track position. He spent the rest of the event working his way back to the front.

Christian Eckes leads the pack in the No. 19 Chevrolet at Atlanta Motor Speedway

In a race that featured a record 11 cautions for 58 laps, the driver of the No. 19 Chevrolet restarted 13th on Lap 103, but three yellow flags later, he was on the inside of the front row beside leader and ultimate runner-up finisher Nick Sanchez for the overtime restart.

Eckes surged ahead, took the white flag in the lead and was out front when NASCAR called the final caution of the race for a wreck in Turn 4 involving Tyler Ankrum, Stewart Friesen and defending series champion Zane Smith.

“It‘s been a tough offseason,” said Eckes, in his first year with owner Bill McAnally after driving for ThorSport Racing in 2022. “I‘m driving harder than I ever have — I have a lot to prove. The people know who they are.

“I‘m really happy. Thanks to (crew chief) Charles (Denike), everybody on this team. They work so damn hard. This is what makes it all worth it. I‘m pumped. It‘s going to be a really good year.”

John Hunter Nemechek ran third after leading a race-high 53 laps to Eckes‘ 35. Nemechek had the lead for a restart on Lap 121, but was shuffled back in traffic.

Bayley Currey finished fourth, earning his first NASCAR national series top five, and Ben Rhodes came home fifth after giving Eckes a much-needed push to the lead.

Matt DiBenedetto, Chase Purdy, Timmy Hill, Matt Crafton and Jack Wood completed the top 10.

Corey Heim’s defense of his Truck Series victory here last March ended early. He recovered from a mid-race pit-road collision, but his Tricon Garage No. 11 Toyota sustained significant front-end damage when he jammed up behind the No. 2 Chevrolet of Sanchez on a restart. He retired after completing just 83 laps and finished 34th in the 36-truck field.

The Craftsman Truck Series’ next race is scheduled next Saturday, March 25 (1:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM) at Circuit of The Americas.

Note: Inspection in the Craftsman Truck Series garage was completed without major issue, confirming Eckes as the race winner.

Contributing: Staff reports