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LEBANON, Tennessee – Christian Eckes absolutely dominated the Rackley Roofing 200 of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at the Nashville Superspeedway on Friday evening: The 23-year-old led all 150 laps – the first time in 12 years that a driver led every lap of the race.

Eckes, driver of the No. 19 McAnally-Hilgemann Racing Chevrolet, raced from a third-place starting spot to take the lead from pole-winner Stewart Friesen in Turn 2 of the first lap on the 1.33-mile oval and essentially never relinquished it. He led by more than three seconds in the final laps and eventually crossed the finish line 2.028 seconds ahead of teammate Daniel Dye – the runner-up in a career-best performance for the 20-year-old Floridian.

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It is Eckes’ third win of the season and extends his championship lead to 40 points over Tricon Garage’s Corey Heim, who finished third after overtaking Spire Motorsports’ Rajah Caruth on the final lap. McAnally-Hilgemann Racing’s Tyler Ankrum finished fifth.

“I can’t say enough about these guys,” said Eckes, who has three wins this season and now has eight in his seven seasons in the series. It’s the second time this season (also in Martinsville, Virginia) that he’s taken both stage wins and lifted the winner’s trophy.

“We were really motivated to get this truck out there. Good job today,” added Eckes, who said he can’t remember ever leading every lap in a race he’s competed in.

The win also earned Eckes a $50,000 bonus check for successfully completing the final leg of the series’ Triple Truck Challenge – Nick Sanchez and Heim are the other winners of the incentive program.

“I saw that the 11 (home) has four of them (wins), so I was a little upset going (to Nashville Superspeedway). So now it’s one more win to catch one more,” Eckes said.

Grant Enfinger, Ben Rhodes, Matt Mills, Ty Majeski and Jake Garcia completed the top 10 at the finish. Rhodes’ comeback was particularly impressive considering how he started.

And although Eckes spent the day at the front – and mastered every restart on an evening that was slowed by seven yellow flags over 42 laps – there was plenty of action behind him, as the number of yellow flags shows.

Sanchez, on the other hand, who started from the back of the 36-car field in his No. 2 Rev Racing Chevy after hitting the wall in qualifying, fought his way up to 13th place and is now third in the championship – 89 points behind Eckes.

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Former NASCAR Cup Series star and current FOX Sports NASCAR commentator Clint Bowyer finished 17th after his No. 7 Spire Chevrolet was damaged on the Lap 60 restart as the field backed up. In his typically colorful manner, Bowyer spoke candidly about his evening – the first NASCAR national series race he has competed in since retiring from full-time racing in 2020.

“We battled loosely from the beginning, but I know from years of experience that it’s hard to overcome that,” said Bowyer, a 10-time NASCAR Cup Series winner and runner-up in 2012.

“I don’t know what happened on the restart. Everyone in front of me was holding on and I crashed,” Bowyer said, adding: “I’ll be back. I promise you there’s no way I’m going to stop.”

Three races remain to determine the 10-driver playoff field. Currently, Tanner Gray, who finished 14th on Friday night, is in 10th place, 14 points ahead of Dye.

The next Craftsman Truck Series race is the CRC Brakleen 175, scheduled for Friday, July 12, at Pocono Raceway (5:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

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