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Christian Eckes will return to McAnally-Hilgemann Racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2024, MHR announced Oct. 18.
The extension keeps Eckes in the No. 19 Chevrolet for the second consecutive season.
“I’m very excited to return to the No. 19 Silverado next season with Charles [Denike, crew chief] and our entire NAPA Auto Care team,” Eckes said in a team release. “Our current main priority is trying to cap 2023 off with a championship, but having the opportunity to build upon our successes and continue growing MHR is something I’m really looking forward to in 2024.
“It’s been a pleasure to work with the NAPA store owners, NAPA shop owners, suppliers, and everyone in the NAPA Network. I’m thrilled to continue that relationship, and ready for another great year with all our amazing partners.”
With two races remaining in the 2023 NCTS season, Eckes’ career-best year has him in the midst of the championship battle. With one race remaining in the Round of 8, Eckes sits third in the playoff standings, nine points above the cut line to make the Championship 4.
During his 2023 campaign, Eckes has recorded a career-high three wins, nine top fives and 315 laps led. He also had 12 top-10 results.
Eckes is the second driver to be announced to the MHR stable for 2024, following Daniel Dye in the No. 43. Jake Garcia, who currently pilots a second truck for the team in the No. 35, will not return.
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Luken Glover arrived on the Frontstretch scene in 2020. He has been an avid NASCAR fan for the majority of his life, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, who used to help former team owner Junie Donlavey in his garage. Glover covers news for the site and took over "The Underdog House" column in 2021. In addition to being a college junior, his hobbies include volunteering at church, playing basketball and tennis, racing go-karts, and helping at his high school alma mater.
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