Chris Eggleston "Dodges" Troubles at Iowa Newton, IA - July 11, 2010. Chris Eggleston was called on to do a job this weekend for the SS Green Light team. His mission was to run the ASI Limited No. 21 at the Iowa Speedway. There was a hitch;...
Chris Eggleston "Dodges" Troubles at Iowa
Newton, IA - July 11, 2010. Chris Eggleston was called on to do a job this weekend for the SS Green Light team. His mission was to run the ASI Limited No. 21 at the Iowa Speedway. There was a hitch; Chris needed to stay clean and run all the laps, gaining as many points as possible for the team.
The youngster from Colorado exceeded expectations and brought home the No.21 unscratched in fourteenth place. It was also Chris' second lead lap finish in just five races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season.
Eggleston qualified the ASI Limited No. 21 Dodge sixteenth "That was everything we had in qualifying," he said. "I drove it down into turn one and it stuck, I was really pleased with that."
As instructed by Crew Chief Butch Miller, Chris played it cool for the first half of the race, running hard enough to stay on the lead lap, but cautious enough to avoid any troubles. At the start, he dropped back to twenty-second in the order to keep out of harms way, but by lap 50 Chris had moved back into the top-twenty.
Several mid-race incidents bunched the field and Chris' patience and smart driving paid off as he avoided all of the troubles and even led a lap during caution at lap 107, earning the No. 21 team five precious bonus points.
While both of Chris' teammates Jason White and Donny Lia would encounter troubles on-track, Chris stayed with the planned patience and moved into the fop-fifteen by lap 120. At the end of 200 laps, Eggleston brought home the ASI Limited No. 21 in fourteenth place behind first-time winner, Austin Dillon.
There was not a single scratch or mark on Chris' black and green Dodge RAM.
Following the race, Miller's wife Donna was discussing with Chris about making 200 laps at a tough track like Iowa. "There is not even a scratch on that truck," she said to the young driver. "It doesn't even look like you hit any bugs."
Chris' answer was simple with a smile.... "No, I dodged them too."
The fourteenth place finish moved the SS Green Light No. 21 team to within sixteen points of the top twenty-five in the owners standings, mission accomplished.