Chris Eggleston was in Indianapolis helping a young quarter-midget driver at the QMA Eastern Grand Nationals when he got a phone call from his father that SS Green Light Racing General Manager Bobby Dotter had inquired to see if Chris would like...
Chris Eggleston was in Indianapolis helping a young quarter-midget driver at the QMA Eastern Grand Nationals when he got a phone call from his father that SS Green Light Racing General Manager Bobby Dotter had inquired to see if Chris would like to get behind the wheel of the No. 21 ASI Limited Dodge for the July 11th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 200 at the Iowa Speedway.
It didn't take Chris long to say "YES" and the 2009 ASA Late Model North Division Champion will make his fifth career start in the NCWTS on Sunday in the Lucas Oil 200 at the 7/8-mile Iowa Speedway.
On top of the pit-box for the twenty-one year old from Colorado will be veteran Butch Miller. "We wanted to get Chris some extra seat time to help him get all his approvals from NASCAR," Miller said. "Brett (Bodine) wanted Chris to get some additional laps since he didn't get to run the whole race at Kansas or Charlotte."
"Right now the No. 21 is just out of the top twenty-five in points. Ken (owner Ken Smith) and Bobby would like to have all three trucks locked into guaranteed starting spots," Miller added. "We need to run 200 laps and Chris is the perfect driver to help us out because he has some experience at Iowa. He drives very smart and I'm confident he will get the job done and the added laps will help him down the road."
Eggleston had a very strong race at Iowa last fall in the ASA Late Model Series leading most of the first half of the race before a loose race car in the second half dropped him to fourth in the final order. "They told me Newton was a short-track that drives like a speedway," said Eggleston. "Once I got on the track, that is exactly what it feels like. I couldn't say it better, it's a lot faster than you think for a 7/8-mile track."
Chris is thankful for the chance to get back behind the wheel of a NASCAR truck, "I'm really honored that Ken and Bobby have enough faith in my ability to give me another opportunity. I know Butch was there last year when I had a good run in the late model, so perhaps he had a little influence in the decision also."
"It won't take me long to pack my bags, grab my helmet and get ready to go."
Thirty-eight trucks are on the entry list for the Lucas Oil 200.
It will be a busy weekend for the NCWTS teams with a hauler parade on Friday evening through downtown Newton and a special pre-race autograph session/grid walk will take place at Iowa Speedway from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on raceday.