Atlanta Motor Speedway‘s conversion into a superspeedway-like track may have been too extreme for the youngsters of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series as crashes resulted in eleven yellow flags, the most for the division there, including a last-lap wreck to end Saturday’s Fr8 208 under caution. Said accident came just moments after another caution to set up overtime, which Christian Eckes capitalised upon to score his seond career victory and first in just his third start for McAnally-Hilgemann Racing and Chevrolet.
Eckes had received a speeding penalty after leading every lap in Stage #1 and spent much of the race trying to regain ground. The cautions worked in his favour as they bunched up the field for ensuing restarts multiple times: he sat outside the top ten as the lap counter crossed triple digits, but found himself in second by overtime. After clearing Nick Sanchez for the lead on the final lap, a three-truck wreck involving Tyler Ankrum, Stewart Friesen, and Zane Smith ended the race.
The win is also MHR’s first in the Truck Series. Eckes has scored top tens in all three of his races for the team so far.
John Hunter Nemechek led a race-high fifty-three laps but fell back after an attempted draft with Jack Wood resulted in contact.
“I was trying to push him away from everybody else so that we could get clear and just race, but that’s part of speedway racing and that’s what they turned Atlanta into,” Nemechek commented.
Bayley Currey scored his maiden top five in any NASCAR series when he finished fourth, and Timmy Hill enjoyed his first top ten since 2021 with an eighth-place run. Ryan Vargas was fourteenth in his Truck Series début, while Akinori Ogata secured G2G Racing‘s best-ever finish in seventeenth.
Besides crashes that resulted in green-flag runs only lasting about seven laps on average, mechanical issues haunted the field. Eckes’ team-mate Jake Garcia went three laps down to a shock problem but fought to place in the top twenty. Carson Hocevar blew a right-front tyre twice while Kaden Honeycutt led his first career lap after cycling into the top spot but a small piece of metal got into his truck and relegated him to thirty-third. Rajah Caruth slipped to twenty-fifth when a tyre went down, prompting him to ask, “Can I buy some luck or something?”
|1||4||19||Christian Eckes||McAnally-Hilgemann Racing||Chevrolet||137||Running|
|2||20||2||Nick Sanchez||Rev Racing||Chevrolet||137||Running|
|3||24||17||John Hunter Nemechek*||TRICON Garage||Toyota||137||Running|
|4||30||41||Bayley Currey*||Niece Motorsports||Chevrolet||137||Running|
|5||3||99||Ben Rhodes||ThorSport Racing||Ford||137||Running|
|6||10||25||Matt DiBenedetto||Rackley WAR||Chevrolet||137||Running|
|7||9||4||Chase Purdy||Kyle Busch Motorsports||Chevrolet||137||Running|
|8||18||56||Timmy Hill||Hill Motorsports||Toyota||137||Running|
|9||8||88||Matt Crafton||ThorSport Racing||Ford||137||Running|
|10||17||51||Jack Wood||Kyle Busch Motorsports||Chevrolet||137||Running|
|11||2||98||Ty Majeski||ThorSport Racing||Ford||137||Running|
|12||32||13||Hailie Deegan||ThorSport Racing||Ford||137||Running|
|13||33||32||Bret Holmes||Bret Holmes Racing||Chevrolet||137||Running|
|14||35||30||Ryan Vargas||On Point Motorsports||Toyota||137||Running|
|15||25||02||Kris Wright||Young’s Motorsports||Chevrolet||137||Running|
|16||19||43||Daniel Dye||GMS Racing||Chevrolet||137||Running|
|17||34||46||Akinori Ogata||G2G Racing||Toyota||137||Running|
|18||12||35||Jake Garcia||McAnally-Hilgemann Racing||Chevrolet||137||Running|
|19||7||23||Grant Enfinger||GMS Racing||Chevrolet||137||Running|
|20||1||38||Zane Smith||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||137||Running|
|21||27||12||Spencer Boyd||Young’s Motorsports||Chevrolet||137||Running|
|22||14||52||Stewart Friesen||Halmar Friesen Racing||Toyota||137||Running|
|23||28||22||Josh Reaume||AM Racing||Ford||137||Running|
|24||11||15||Tanner Gray||TRICON Garage||Toyota||137||Running|
|25||22||24||Rajah Caruth||GMS Racing||Chevrolet||137||Running|
|26||13||16||Tyler Ankrum||Hattori Racing Enterprises||Toyota||136||Running|
|27||15||9||Colby Howard||CR7 Motorsports||Chevrolet||134||Track Bar|
|28||23||1||Layne Riggs||TRICON Garage||Toyota||134||Running|
|29||26||33||Mason Massey||Reaume Brothers Racing||Ford||134||Running|
|30||16||5||Dean Thompson||TRICON Garage||Toyota||131||Running|
|31||5||42||Carson Hocevar||Niece Motorsports||Chevrolet||127||Accident|
|32||21||45||Lawless Alan||Niece Motorsports||Chevrolet||126||Accident|
|33||29||04||Kaden Honeycutt||Roper Racing||Ford||123||Running|
|34||6||11||Corey Heim||TRICON Garage||Toyota||83||Accident|
|35||31||20||Mason Maggio||Young’s Motorsports||Chevrolet||52||Accident|
|36||36||34||Keith McGee*||Reaume Brothers Racing||Ford||7||Transmission|
* – Ineligible for points