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Christian Eckes Earns Second Career NASCAR Truck Series Pole at Las Vegas

A part-time Kyle Busch Motorsports driver looks to play spoiler as Christian Eckes took the pole for Friday’s (Sept 13) World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Eckes’ fast lap speed of 178.077 mph edged out Ross Chastain’s speed of 178.012 mph to take the top spot. Chastain was the fastest of the series’ eight playoff drivers vying for six spots in the next round.

Eckes’ KBM teammate, Todd Gilliland, qualified third with a lap speed of 177.907 mph. GMS Racing’s Brett Moffitt, already locked into the next round of the playoffs, was fourth at 177.585 mph. The No. 88 ThorSport truck of Matt Crafton rounded out the top five with a fast lap of 177.375 mph.

Sheldon Creed, Austin Hill, Grant Enfinger, Harrison Burton, and Johnny Sauter finished up the top-10 qualifiers. John Hunter Nemechek and Anthony Mrakovich also qualified well and will start 11th and 12th, respectively, in Friday night’s race.

There were a couple of incidents that brought out the red flag during the period. First, Tyler Hill spun and his spoiler dug into the grass:

Hill failed to qualify for the race.

Soon after, Jesse Iwuji had a scary incident during his run driving Josh Reaume’s Chevrolet.

Iwuji qualified on owner’s points and took the final spot in the field. Cory Roper, Hill and Justin Johnson failed to qualify. However, since Iwuji didn’t have a backup truck, local favorite Johnson rebranded his truck into the No. 34 to make it in the race:


The World of Westgate 200 will get underway at 9 p.m. ET with television coverage provided by FOX Sports 1.

About the author

Joy joined Frontstretch in 2019 as a NASCAR DraftKings writer, expanding to news and iRacing coverage in 2020. She's currently an assistant editor and involved with photos, social media and news editing. A California native, Joy was raised as a motorsports fan and started watching NASCAR extensively in 2001. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies at California State University Bakersfield in 2010.

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