David Gilliland Racing (DGR) and CROSLEY Sports Group named Chris Eggleston as the first driver of the No. 17 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Toyota for a select number of races.
Eggleston finished second to Bill McAnally Racing (BMR) teammate, Todd Gilliland (newly announced DGR-CROSLEY ARCA and K&N driver) last year in the NASCAR K&N West Series. Racking up 4 wins, 11 Top 5’s, 13 Top 10’s and 4 poles in the 2017 K&N season, Eggleston is ready to jump into a NCWTS truck and try his hand with the newly formed DGR-CROSLEY team.
“Although DGR-Crosley will be new to the truck side of things from an ownership perspective,” Eggleston commented. “I feel very confident that we will be running up front, especially with the new trucks from Red Horse (previously known as Red Horse Racing) and support from TRD. It proves David (Gilliland) and his team are committed to their truck program and I’m really looking forward to be a part of it and help make it grow.”
Eggleston, the 2015 NASCAR K&N West Series Champion cut his teeth in Quarter Midgets moving his way through the ranks of Legends cars, Super Late Models and dabbling in the truck series in 2010. It’s been eight years since his last truck series start and he’s looking forward to kicking off his 2018 NCWTS season at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in May.
“I’m excited to race at the tracks we’ve picked this year, starting with Charlotte,” Eggleston explained. “With my past limited truck starts, Charlotte was one of my favorite places to race so what better place to start. It’s also the heart of NASCAR and DGR-CROSLEY’s home track.”
Eggleston is no stranger to the Gilliland family as he and Todd were teammates for two years at BMR competing against each other for the K&N West Series Championship.
“We are excited to have Chris join our DGR-CROSLEY team and drive our truck for a few races,” the elder Gilliland said. “We’ve watched him race on the west coast, he is a West Series Champion after all and brings some experience to the table. As we navigate the first few races with a newly formed team, we are confident he will work hard and give us great feedback to learn and grow together.”
More announcements to come from DGR-CROSLEY on the exact races and crew chiefs.
For more on DGR-CROSLEY, and/or to inquire about driver development opportunities under the DGR-CROSLEY banner, contact Jason Hedlesky.