Truck Series Recap: 2023 Buckle Up South Carolina 200 (Darlington Raceway)

Christian Eckes clinched victory, leading 122 laps and finishing first. Stewart Friesen secured second, with Tanner Gray in third. The race was chaotic with multiple incidents affecting outcomes and strategies.

Truck Series Recap: 2023 Buckle Up South Carolina 200 (Darlington Raceway)

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Christian Eckes secured victory with a solid performance throughout the race, leading 122 laps and finishing first after starting fourth. Eckes maintained an average running position of 1.61 and was noted for his net gain rating of 1.07, reflecting his ability to secure and maintain the lead positions efficiently. Stewart Friesen, finishing second, started in sixth position and ended with an average running position of 6.39. His net gain rating of 1.54 underscored a consistent race performance. Tanner Gray, starting from the 11th position, achieved a podium finish in third place with an ARP of 15.36 and a net GR of 1.17.

Corey Heim's wild race saw him dominate early laps, leading for a substantial time and setting up a grandstand finish before concluding the race in eighth. Despite showing competitive speed and starting from pole, his late-race incidents impacted his average running position of 4.8, concluding with a negative GR-LR of -0.01. William Byron had a notable drive, improving from eighth to finish fourth, highlighted by an average running position of 2.99 and the highest single-lap speed metrics with a net gain rating of 1.73.

The race was marked by a bonanza of incidents leading to frequent changes in track positions, particularly from mid-race onwards, with multiple cautions affecting various drivers' race strategies. Carson Hocevar's fifth-place finish from the 18th starting position, with an ARP of 9.62 and GR of 1.64, showcased his adaptability amidst the chaos. Meanwhile, Matt DiBenedetto, who started from the seventh position, found his race spoiled late, dropping to 25th due to multiple incidents, including a critical accident on the backstretch on lap 152.

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