February 22, 2010
Chris Eggleston, a CSU student from Erie, Colo. will race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with the SS Green Light Racing team. Eggleston's first race is at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia on March 27.
Chris Eggleston, a junior from Erie, Colo., has balanced a promising racing career with academic achievement.
Chris Eggleston will pilot the SS Green Light Racing team's No. 21 truck in a minimum of three races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, beginning in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on March 27.
Eggleston is a junior honors student majoring in business management at CSU.
Despite his age, Eggleston has raced in no less than 29 states in 15 years of competition. Through the support of his family, he has successfully balanced a promising racing career, excellent academic achievement, and lifelong friendships.
Eggleston began his racing career at age five racing quarter midgets. In ten years of competition he earned over 300 event wins and six National Championships before moving into a Legends car in 2004. Chris found his way to victory lane numerous times behind the wheel of a Legend and still races one on occasion today.
Since 2007, Eggleston has been behind the wheel of a late model, having success nearly everywhere he has traveled. In 2009, everything came together for the CSU business management student; he finished fourth in the very competitive ASA Challenge Series points and after scoring seven top-fives and two victories in 10 races, Chris was crowned the ASA Late Models North Division Champion.
Veteran Butch Miller will oversee Chris’ efforts in the NCWTS this season.
“I watched Chris on several occasions in the ASA Challenge Series in 2009," Miller said. "He is a very fast and smart racer. When the time is right Chris has the ability to get up on the wheel. His light weight is a crew chiefs dream. Chris is very bright, he’s exceptionally well spoken and I think he’s got a very bright future in this sport. I’m excited to get the opportunity to work with him.”
Eggleston is looking forward to working with Miller, who is a three-time ASA National Champion in the NCWTS.
“Butch Miller is a short-track legend," he said. "Everyone I have asked talks about what a great racer he is and how smart of a racer he is. Butch and I have talked a lot on the phone and I can tell from our conversations that we are going to work well together. I’m really looking forward to spending time with Butch and the whole SS Green Light team and being able to learn from him.
“I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to get the chance to drive in one of the NASCAR touring series. SS Green Light Racing has impressed me with their results recently and winning the pole at Daytona is proof they have the right people and equipment to help me develop my skills as a NASCAR driver. My goal for Martinsville is to run 250 laps and finish the race.”
SS Green Light Racing General Manager Bobby Dotter is excited about the driver line-up that is shaping up for his team this season.
“Chris is another fine young talent that we are excited about joining the SS Green Light family," Dotter said. "I think our veteran drivers; Jason White and Donny Lia will be a strong influence on Chris and Tony Jackson Jr. when they make their debut together next month. I can’t wait to see these young drivers on the track.”
Following his debut at Martinsville, plans are for Eggleston 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.
Contact: Chris Eggleston