2009 ASA Late Model North Division Series Champion Chris Eggleston will make his NASCAR racing debut this weekend in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 at the Martinsville Speedway. Eggleston will be behind the wheel of the H2O Fire...
2009 ASA Late Model North Division Series Champion Chris Eggleston will make his NASCAR racing debut this weekend in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 at the Martinsville Speedway. Eggleston will be behind the wheel of the H2O Fire Protection No. 21 Chevy Silverado while veteran Butch Miller will guide the Colorado native from atop the SS Green Light Racing pit box.
The Colorado State University Business Management major will celebrate his 21st birthday at the Martinsville and despite his young age, Eggleston brings a long resume of winning into his debut in the NCWTS; starting with quarter midgets at age five and then progressing behind the wheel of a Legends Car where he accumulated dozens of victories over several years before moving into a late model in 2006. Chris won the prestigious ASA Late Model North Division Series Championship in 2009 accumulating two wins and seven top-fives in just ten events.
Chris recently tested with the Mooresville-based team at the half-mile Martinsville clone at Rockingham, NC. "The test went very good, we spent a lot of time working with different shocks, and I was feeling very comfortable as we put more laps on," explained Eggleston. "I enjoy working with Butch, he is a wealth of knowledge and I know he is going to work hard to help me."
"My goal for Martinsville is to run 250 laps and finish the race. I need to get the experience at these first couple races to prove to myself and the other competitors that I can excel at this level. I'm excited and ready to get to the track."
Miller is ready to get to work with his young student, "I am just tickled with my little driver! He showed us tons of talent at last weeks test and the whole SS Green Light team is ready to get to the track to see what we can accomplish together."
"I am very impressed with how level-headed he is and how well he listens. Chris is very bright and he understands what it takes to make it with this level of competition," a smiling Miller added. "I think we have a solid plan to get him through the race at Martinsville, I'm sure there will be plenty of action, we need to let him use his smarts to get us to the finish. I am excited!"
Like Miller, SS Green Light Racing General Manager Bobby Dotter has tutored many young drivers over the years is also impressed with Eggleston's abilities both on and off the track, "I think Chris has a lot of natural talent, what compounds his driving ability is his intelligence and his education. He is a great listener and a fast learner. I think he will surprise a lot of people this season."
H2O Fire Protection will back Eggleston's initial efforts in the NCWTS. Following his debut at Martinsville, plans are for Chris to run at the concrete mile and a quarter at Nashville and then race close to his Colorado home at Kansas Speedway pending NASCAR approvals. Eggleston's 2010 schedule could be expanded if additional sponsorship can be secured.