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Atlanta Truck race results: Christian Eckes wins

Christian Eckes survived an early penalty, overtime and a record 11 cautions to earn his first NASCAR Truck Series win of 2023 in a hectic race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

HAMPTON, Ga. — Christian Eckes took the lead in overtime and held on to claim his second career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Nick Sanchez, the leader at the start of overtime, finished second. John Hunter Nemechek placed third and was followed by Bayley Currey and Ben Rhodes.

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Eckes’ previous Truck win came in September 2021 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The 22-year-old Eckes has finished in the top 10 in each of the first three races of the season.

There were 11 cautions for 58 laps in the 137-lap event, meaning 42.3 percent of the race was run under caution. The race featured 17 lead changes among nine drivers.

Stage 1 winner: Christian Eckes

Stage 2 winner: Matt Crafton

Who had a good race: Bayley Currey was fourth in his first Truck race of the season. ... Matt DiBenedetto finished a season-best sixth. ... Timmy Hill placed a season-best eighth. ... Matt Crafton finished ninth. He’s placed between ninth and 11th in the first three races of the season.

Who had a bad race: Corey Heim, who had top-10 finishes in the first two races of the season, finished 34th after a crash.

Next: The series races March 25 at Circuit of the Americas (1:30 p.m. ET on FS1)