Chris Eggleston has become the fifth driver from the state of Colorado to submit his entry for the 4th Annual Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway (CA) on February 1-3, 2018. For Eggleston, this will be his fourth attempt to take home the winner’s prize, which is worth $30,000 when the checkered flag is waved after 300 laps.
So far, his best finish in the Winter Showdown was an 11th at last year’s event. Eggleston will make the trip from Thornton, CO to Bakersfield, CA with his small family-owned team for this can’t-miss event.
“We are very excited to be heading back to Bakersfield for the Winter Showdown,” Eggleston told the Spears SRL Southwest Tour Series. “It is certainly the biggest race on the West Coast, and with all the big names going and with the help from Globe Fire Sprinkler Corporation and Blaze Master Fire Protection, we certainly didn’t want to miss it.”
Eggleston was the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion and finished runner-up to Todd Gilliland in 2017. He scored four wins in 2017, bringing his career total to nine wins in only 45 career starts in the West Series.
He was the 2009 ASA Late Model Series Northern Division Champion and scored the biggest win of his career in “The Race” at North Wilkesboro Speedway (NC), worth $75,000 in 2011.
Eggleston has 21 career Super Late Model victories at Colorado National Speedway, including four in seven 2017 starts. He also scored the best SRL finish of his career when he came home fourth at RMR SLC - Rocky Mountain Raceways in September of 2017. Just a month ago, he finished off his season with a Super Late Model Win at the “Turkey Shootout 125” at Tucson Speedway (AZ).
Before Eggleston heads to the Winter Showdown in February, he hopes to have a repeat performance in Arizona a week before the Showdown.
“We will hit the Chilly Willy (150) down at Tucson on the way down to try and back up our Turkey Shoot 125 win down there from a couple weeks ago,” he explained. “We don’t have a backup car, so we need to make sure we get out of there unscathed, being that it’s the week before the Winter Showdown.”
With plans for the season not yet finalized, Eggleston would love to kick-start 2018 with a win in the Winter Showdown. With his big race performances of the past, there is no reason to believe that he and his team can’t get the job done on February 3.
-By Kevin Peters, SRL
-Photo credit: Speed51.com