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Starting line-up for Kansas Speedway announced, Christian Eckes takes pole


After a one-week break, the 2023 NASCAR Manual Truck Series will arrive at the Kansas Highway in Kansas City, Kansas. Heart of America 400 on Saturday will be broadcast live on FS1 and MRN at 8:00 p.m. ET.

The eighth race of the 2023 Truck Series season will take place on a 1.5-mile, three-oval track. 36 riders will compete over 134 laps to win.

Motorsport journalist Bob Pockrass shared the starting lineup for the Heart of America 400 on his official Twitter account.

In Saturday’s Truck Qualifier, McAnally-Hilgemann Racing driver Christian Eckes won the first column of the season at 174,576 mph. It was the fifth milestone of his NASCAR Truck Series career. Two-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch will share the front row with him after making a 173,997 mph turn.

They were followed by Chase Purdy, Jake Garcia and Ben Rhodes in the top five. Nick Sanchez, Zane Smith (the defending champion of the event), Tanner Gray, Ty Majeski and Daniel Dye finished the top 10.

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Regular Cup Series Ross Chastain will start Saturday night’s race from 17th place. Meanwhile, Toni Breidinger, who is launching the Truck Series with the 24th qualified Tricon Garage.


Starting lineups 2023 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Heart of America 400

Here are the starting locations of the 36 Truck grid at the Kansas Freeway:

  1. #19 – Christian Eckes
  2. #51 – Kyle Busch
  3. #4 – Chasing Purdy
  4. #35 – Jake Garcia
  5. #99 – Ben Rhodes
  6. #2 – Nick Sanchez
  7. #38 – Zane Smith
  8. #15 – Gray tanning
  9. #98 – Ty Majeski
  10. #43 – Daniel Dye
  11. #23 – Enfinger Level
  12. #11 – Corey Heim
  13. #24 – Rajah Caruth
  14. #52 – Stewart Friesen
  15. #9 – Colby Howard
  16. #13 – Hailie Deegan
  17. #41 – Ross Chastain
  18. #25 – Matt DiBenedetto
  19. #17 – Gray Hands
  20. #42 – Carson Hocevar
  21. #88 – Matt Crafton
  22. #5 – Dean Thompson
  23. #16 – Tyler Ankrum
  24. #1 – Toni Breidinger
  25. #02 – Kris Wright
  26. #46 – Brennan Poole
  27. #04 – Johnny Sauter
  28. #32 – Bret Holmes
  29. #22 – Josh Reaume
  30. #56 – Tyler Hill
  31. #20 – Nick Leitz
  32. #90 – Justin Carroll
  33. #33 – Mason Maggio
  34. #45 – Lawless Alan
  35. #47 – Heart Vien
  36. #12 – Spencer Boyd

Catch them all NASCAR teams and drivers at the Kansas Speedway for the Heart of America 400 on Saturday.

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