Height: 5’ 4”
Weight: 123 lbs.
Chris recently graduated Colorado State University last May receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Organization and Innovation Management with a certificate in Business Communications. Chris had been actively on the Dean’s honor role throughout all four years of attendance with a cumulative GPA of 3.96. Besides going to college full time, Chris had been employed by a local race shop called Leary Racing Products and Shock Shop for the past six years working part time selling race car parts to local racers. This shop also has a niche of building custom race shocks for many race teams across the entire United States and Chris currently has a full time position at Leary Racing Products.
Chris has had one philosophy in mind throughout his life and that being: racing, racing, and more racing. Chris started his bright
future in the racing circuit at the age of 5 years old driving in the cockpit of a Quarter Midget. After quickly making a name for himself,
he was approached by Tom Zickafoose with Ziggy racing engines, where Tom asked Chris to be his house driver. Tom led Chris to
his first national title along with many feature wins to follow. Chris and Tad got together and traveled to some big shows where they
dominated the top divisions. Chris went on competing for 10 years picking up over 300 feature wins, 49 track record, 6 National
Championships and 3 World Records.
At the age of 14, Chris then got involved with Legends racecars. Here he gained the respect of many of his older colleagues and
began to start his own fan base. It was the year 2005 where Chris turned 16, and could finally compete at all race tracks; including
Concord, NC racing in the televised Summer Shootout; this was the year that his career started to bloom. He acquired eight feature
wins across the U.S. while capturing Rookie of the Year at Colorado National Speedway and runner up for the season in points.
While spending a lot of time on the east coast in N.C. driving for Andrews Motorsports, Chris was also able captured a top ten in the
Hardees Summer Shootout points standings.
In 2006, Chris traveled extensively in Legends cars. Eggleston won the three-day 2006 Fall Classic Race in Las Vegas and was crowned the Rocky Mountain Legends Association Points Champion with 17 Main Event wins and was honored as the Colorado National Speedway Legends Champion (one of the youngest drivers to win a point series). It was also in 2006, where Chris stepped into a full body stockcar making just a limited number of races getting his feet wet for the next step of his bright future. He raced his Super Late Model in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series at Colorado National Speedway when the Late Models and Legends series were both racing the same night, often pulling double duty. With only eight Late Model starts; he had 5 top tens, 1 top five, and 2 heat race wins and consistently qualified in the top 10 each and every night with as many as 30+ cars.
In 2007, Chris moved up into racing his Super Late Model full time competing for the championship. Chris found himself in the winners circle for the first time in his Super Late Model acquiring 1 main event win, 1 quick time, 1 trophy dash win, 6 main event top fives, and 13 top tens in just 18 races. Chris also made his first SRL 150 start making a name for himself, as he was one of few Colorado drivers, the remaining being from the West Coast with some big names competing. Chris and his family also traveled east, competing in 3 ASA races.
2008 once again proved to be an exhilarating year. Chris and his team’s main focus was running the ASA Late Model North series while hitting a few ASA Challenge series races as well as competing back at home with his Super Late Model and Legend car with time permitting. With several great runs by Eggleston and his team, they still fell short at the end of the season. Chris and his crew became quite familiar with another track called I-70 Speedway in Odessa, Missouri; one of the fastest short tracks around. After looking very sporty in practice and having a decent qualifying run, Chris had to duck down onto pit road before taking the green forcing Eggleston to start at the rear of a 34 car field. After 150 laps of intense racing, Chris was able to bring home an impressive 6th place
Past, Present, and Future... Chris' Story
finish. It was shortly after that great finish where Chris and his team were able to return to this same track to try and capture their first ASA Late Model win. Other great runs included competing at Dixie motor speedway , the Milwaukee mile, Rockford Speedway and Memphis Motorsports Park. Back at home, Chris always seemed to stay sharp as he made 9 appearances in his super late model acquiring 6 top five’s and 7 top 10’s averaging 22+ cars each night.
In 2009, Chris was picked up by 5K Motorsports; based in Slinger, Wisconsin, to drive full time throughout 2009 competing in the ASA North and Challenge series. Chris gained many accomplishments in these two series as well as the NASCAR Whelen Super Late Model/Pro Truck short track series and INEX Legend series.
The biggest accomplishment of his brief career was winning the 2009 ASA North Championship, competing with some of the best Late Model drivers in the Midwest including many NASCAR Nationwide regulars. Chris picked up his first ASA win at Grundy Speedway beating out “Fast” Eddie Hoffman at his home track. The very next week, Chris contended in the Rowdy Busch 150 at Berlin Raceway placing 3rd, right ahead of NASCAR Nationwide Champion, Kyle Busch. The week following, Chris returned to Berlin Raceway where he led the most laps, however, lost the lead on a late restart forcing him to a strong 2nd place finish while taking the ASA North points lead. The momentum didn’t stop here as “The Colorado Kid” out qualified everyone at the historic LaCrosse Speedway setting a “New Track Record,” and later settling for a third place finish. With just three races to go in the North Series, Chris went on to pick up his second ASA North Series win at Dixie Speedway in Birch Run, Michigan. In the end, Chris finished out the season with a solid 4th place finish at Oktoberfest and allowed Chris to bring Colorado home with an ASA Championship.
Chris also competed in the ASA Challenge Series. Chris started out the Challenge series sitting on the pole with a “New Track Record” out qualifying the 34 car field at the Milwaukee Mile. Chris came home 4th in the final point’s standings with three top 5’s and five top 10 finishes in just nine appearances. Three of these finishes were DNF’s due to mechanical while the other finish outside the top 10 was the result of a flat tire under 20 laps remaining.
During the off weeks of ASA racing, Chris stayed busy racing at his home track driving his family owned and operated Super Late Model and Legend car while also hired to drive a Super Pro Truck three times. Chris went four-for-four in the Legend Series winning all four races he competed in including the Colorado National Qualifier beating out 2009 Pro division Champion; Daniel Hemric.
In 2010, Chris got to do what very few people can say they have ever done and that is to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Early in the season, Chris signed with SS Green Light Racing with Butch Miller as Chris’s crew chief calling all the shots a-top of the pit box. In Chris’s debut race at Martinsville Speedway on the day of his 21st birthday, Chris brought home an impressive 11th place finish after getting spun out and rebounding from being two laps down. Chris continued his opportunity to drive for SS Green Light and Butch Miller at Nashville Super Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Charlotte Motor speedway, and Iowa Speedway with an average finish of 21.6.
On his spare weekends, Chris ran his family owned and operated late model winning 3 main event wins, 7 top 5’s and an average finish of 5.0 in 10 starts with an average car count of 20 late models each night. Chris also continued his driving obligations from 2009 racing a Super Pro Truck driving for George Green Motorsports while acquiring 3 main event wins and 6 top 5’s in just seven starts. Chris also gets experience on the dirt, racing an IMCA dirt modified for another car owner.
Last year, during the 2011 season, 21 Year-Old, Chris (Eggleston) started off his season by teaming up with Rob Winfield and a brand new start up team; Winfield Motorsports in hope to pilot the number 21 NASCAR Camping World Truck. Chris and Winfield Motorsports started their adventures together traveling to DAYTONA in February during speed weeks and qualified on time but missed the show due to prior year’s owner points. The next race on schedule was in the dueling deserts of Phoenix Arizona where it was déjà-vu all over again while Chris qualified on time with the number 21 truck, but yet once again missed the show due to owner’s points.
A few months later, Chris was invited out by SS Green light Racing and team owner, Bobby Dotter to come and pilot the number 08 ASI Limited Chevy Monte Carlo for one of the biggest late model events ever recorded in history. Chris teamed up with legendary Butch Miller where they went on to win the 300 lap race and earn themselves a hard fought check for $75,000! Besides traveling to Montana Raceway park for the Montana 200 ($15K to win) and Iowa Speedway for an ASA Midwest Tour Event, Chris has stayed busy at his home track. Chris just finished his second sweep in two weeks, winning both main events in his Legend and Late Model car which includes last week’s Challenge Cup 150 win that carried a $30,000 purse for the event.
Late in the 2011 season, Chris was invited up to Yakima, WA to drive for Ryan Zahnow under the influence of Short Track Ent. for the Yakima Apple Cup. After setting a new track record with a crate motor and running consistently in the top five throughout the whole race, Chris’s efforts were terminated to mechanical issues followed sharply by a late race incident.
Chris and his Colorado based crew ended their 2011 efforts in Las Vegas for the big fall classic race. Chris made practice runs consistently in the top five against 65 of the toughest drivers on the west coast. After qualifying eighth, Chris immediately raced his way up into the third position, coasting for the first half of the race, attempting to conserve tires. However, just before the half way mark, the Chris Eggleston Racing team fell out of the race due to an engine failure.
Since 2003, starting with the first race competing against adults; Chris has won 27% of all races he has competed in. Of all the races, 62% were top 5’s and 77% were top 10’s. Chris’s success has come from over 15 years of racing winning multiple championships and prestige races.