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Eckes leads every lap in dominant victory

Eckes started third but took the lead on the exit of Turn 2 on the first lap. He took the win in Stage 1 with ease, secured victory in Stage 2 thanks to a late caution and was never seriously challenged in the final 32-minute green-flag sprint to the finish.

Eckes easily beat Daniel Dye by 2.028 seconds, securing his third victory of the 2024 season and the eighth of his career.

It is only the sixth time in the series that a driver has led every lap, the last being Ron Hornaday in 1997 at Bristol (Tennessee) Motor Speedway.

“That was just an insane truck, man,” Eckes said after the race. “I felt like we should have won at Gateway last time (he finished second), but that really motivated me to make this truck a lot better.”

With his win, Eckes also received a $50,000 bonus as part of the Triple Truck Challenge, which includes races in Charlotte, Gateway and Nashville.

Corey Heim – who leads the series with four wins – finished third, Rajah Caruth was fourth and Tyler Ankrum rounded out the top five.

Grant Enfinger, Ben Rhodes, Matt Mills, Ty Majeski and Jake Garcia completed the top 10.

The former Cup driver and current Fox Sports TV analyst finished 17th in the No. 7 Chevrolet for Spire Motorsports. It was Bowyer’s first NASCAR start since the 2020 season and his first Truck race since 2016.

Bowyer sustained some damage in an incident on the backstretch on lap 60 when Chase Purdy missed a gear change and was unable to upshift, creating an accordion effect as trucks frantically tried to get out of his way.

Stage 1

Eckes took the lead at the start and led every lap en route to a 1.921 second lead over Riggs in the first stage. Heim was third, Enfinger fourth and Dye rounded out the top five.

Level 2

Eckes took the victory in Stage 2 under caution after Riggs sent Stefan Parson spinning with two laps to go. The two riders had battled hard for several laps before the incident.

Heim finished second, Caruth third, Dye fourth and Enfinger fifth. Riggs was penalized two laps for reckless driving.

level 3

After the break between Stages 2 and 3, all leading lap trucks pitted, with Eckes being the first to exit pit lane. He led Dye and Rhodes when racing resumed with 48 laps to go.

Jack Wood and Connor Jones collided on lap 113, causing Wood to race into the pit lane and triggering a caution. Eckes remained in the lead ahead of Dye at the restart with 32 laps to go.

With 15 laps to go, Eckes had opened up a lead of almost 2.7 seconds over Dye, while Caruth moved into third place, about 2.9 seconds behind the leader.

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