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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 13: Christian Eckes, driver of the #51 SiriusXM Toyota, stands by his truck during qualifying for the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 13, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Eckes wins ARCA title, expected to move to full-time trucks in 2020

A missed race and a blown engine weren’t enough to deny Christian Eckes.

The 18-year-old from Middletown, New York, drove from the back of the field in Friday night’s finale to win the Kansas 150 at Kansas Speedway and claim the 2019 ARCA Menards Series championship in the process.

Eckes finished with four wins, 13 top fives and 17 top 10s in 19 starts. Eckes also had two poles and two top fives in six NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series starts this season. He became the first driver to win the ARCA Menards Series championship after missing a race since Tim Steele in 1997.

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AND: Eckes is expected to compete fulltime in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series next season with Kyle Busch Motorsports.

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