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Christian Eckes Wins Pole for Kansas Truck Race

Christian Eckes outpaced Kyle Busch to nab the pole for Saturday’s (May 6) Craftsman Truck Series race, the Heart of America 200 at Kansas Speedway. Eckes backed up his first-place result from the morning’s practice session to claim his first Craftsman Truck Series pole since 2019.

Kyle Busch Motorsports’ Chase Purdy will roll off third, followed by Eckes’ teammate Jake Garcia in fourth. Ben Rhodes rounded out the top five, the highest-placed Ford.

Rookie sensation Nick Sanchez rolls off in sixth place, with Zane Smith, Tanner Gray, Ty Majeski, and Daniel Dye the rest of the top 10.

2023 Craftsman Truck Series Kansas Starting Lineup

ARCA Menards Series driver and former USAC star Toni Breidinger will make history tonight, when she becomes the first Arab-American woman to start a NASCAR national touring series race. She qualified the No. 1 Tricon Garage Toyota in 24th position.

See also
Billy Venturini Running ARCA East Race at Flat Rock

The Heart of America 200 will be broadcast on FS1 and MRN at 8 p.m. ET.

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Garrett joined Frontstretch as a news writer in 2023, and became a fantasy racing and betting writer in 2024. Hailing from the heart of coal country in southern West Virginia,  he's a married father of three and currently enrolled in the Physical Therapy Assistant Program at New River Community Technical College in Beaver, WV. He has been a racing fan since 1998, primarily watching NASCAR, but branching out to F1 and IndyCar as his love for motorsports has grown.

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