In a wild overtime finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Christian Eckes claimed the victory in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race, the first-ever for the 19-year-old.
The race took an unexpected turn when the caution flag waved on lap 134 of the 145-lap event. Eckes, who had led for the majority of the race, was in the lead yet again and seemed in position to secure the victory.
However, the drama only intensified when a second caution flag was thrown on lap 143, setting the stage for a two-lap overtime shootout. On the ensuing restart, Eckes was forced to battle his fellow competitors for the lead.
In the end, it was Eckes who emerged victorious, withstanding a challenge from Harrison Burton to take the checkered flag in the closest finish in series history. The margin of victory was a mere 0.025 seconds, and Eckes celebrated in Victory Lane with his family, crew and sponsors.
“I knew it was going to be close, and I’m so glad I was able to get the job done,” Eckes said.
In addition to the win, Eckes also earned a spot in the playoffs and is now in contention for the series championship. It was a historic day for the young driver, and one he will surely remember for the rest of his career.
In a thrilling conclusion to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series event at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Christian Eckes emerged victorious in a photo finish, with a margin of 0.025 seconds between him and Harrison Burton. Eckes, 19, earned his first series win and a spot in the playoffs, and celebrated with his family, crew and sponsors in Victory Lane. The teenager expressed his joy in being able to “get the job done” and is now in contention for the series championship.