July 11, 2011
Recent Colorado State University graduate Chris Eggleston has done it again. Having raced since he was five, Eggleston has won several races, become a national champion, and set several world records.
For many seniors, graduation provokes mixed emotions. While some are relieved to finally be done, others are reluctant to move on and leave so many good friends behind.
Most have one thing in common; however, uncertainty about what their future will bring while trying to find a job in what is still a tough market.
This is not the case for at least one CSU graduate. Just weeks before receiving his degree in Business Administration as an Honors Scholar, Chris Eggleston earned $75,000 by winning “The Race” at North Carolina’s North Wilkesboro Speedway.
Competing against 76 drivers at the Pro All Starts Series South, presented by J.E. Pistons and Roush Yates Performance Parts, Eggleston claimed the checkered flag at the end of the 300 lap race.
“Holy cow! That is my initial thought,” said an elated Eggleston in victory lane. “This deal didn’t come together until the last minute. Crew chief Butch Miller gave me a call, said he found a sponsor, and decided to bring me on out.”
In 2010, Miller had been paired with Eggleston for five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events with the SS Green Light team. Miller, a veteran short track racer and mentor knew the 5' 3", 110-pound Eggleston affectionately known as "Shorty," was the right choice to fill the seat for “The Race” at North Wilkesboro.
"When Butch called me I couldn't wait to get to run with him again,” Eggleston said. “We had a great chemistry last year in the truck series. I knew if we could qualify on time, we should have a good chance to be there at the end.”
"I knew how smart a driver he is and that he could take care of his equipment over a 300-lap race," said Miller, speaking about his confidence in Eggleston’s racing abilities.
Eggleston was the last car to make the race on time without having to earn a spot through the “last chance” races. Once the green light finally fell, it took just 50 laps for Eggleston to maneuver into the top-five. After the first eight-minute break for tires and fuel, Eggleston would again make a push toward the lead, reaching third at the halfway mark and taking the lead just before the second competition caution flag at lap 200.
"Butch and I communicate so well with each other, especially running those five truck races for him and SS Green Light Racing," said Eggleston. "Butch prepared the car so well, how we unloaded out of the box is exactly how we ran the car in the race."
Eggleston’s bright future in the racing circuit began when he was just 5 years old driving in the cockpit of Quarter Midget cars. Since that time, Eggleston has picked up more than 300 feature wins, set 49 track records, and won six National Championships while setting three world records.
Since Eggleston started competing against adults in 2003, he has won 27 percent of all races he has competed in. Of all the races, Eggleston has finished in the top five 62 percent of the time and in the top 10 in 77 percent of his races. His unquestionable success on the racing circuit is evidence of a bright future behind the wheel for this CSU grad.