Eckes wins inaugural IceBox Pickup Throwdown Series race at virtual Texas Motor Speedway

On Thursday evening, more than 12,000 NASCAR fans tuned in to see 19-year-old Christian Eckes earn $500 in prize money for winning the inaugural IceBox Pickup Throwdown Series race at virtual Texas Motor Speedway.

Eckes’ victory in the Gen-Y Hitch 100 came after he took the lead from rival Chase Briscoe on Lap 96.

The IceBox Pickup Throwdown iRacing Truck Series is a five race esports streaming series that culminates with a championship finale. The series is an invite-only event created exclusively for NASCAR Truck Series and Xfinity Drivers who will accumulate points throughout the series and compete for the championship bundle of cash and prizes. Each event is 100 laps and broadcasts live Thursday nights on YouTube and Twitch.

The Gen-Y Hitch 100 offered $700 in prize money. In addition to $500 going to the winner, $100 each went to the second-place finisher and Pole Award winner. The Halfway leader won a Gen-Y hitch valued at more than $500. The Pickup Throwdown Series is a point series, with the season-ending champion earning $500 in prize money, plus a IceBox Helmet Cooler system (valued at $5,000) and a Dragonfire Workbench valued at $4,000.

Race Results:
Points Leaders:
First place ($500): Christian Eckes
Second place ($100): Harrison Burton Pole Award ($100): Ryan Truex
Gen-Y Hitch Halfway Leader Award (free hitch): Santino Ferrucci

The series is produced by Podium eSports, the industry-renowned team behind the Replacements 100, and is broadcast live on YouTube via the Out of the Groove channel, hosted by Eric Estepp, the No. 1 NASCAR content creator on YouTube with more than 110,000 subscribers. The series is also live streamed on Podium eSports’s Twitch channel.

The IceBox Pickup Throwdown series will continue with the Rich Mar Florist 100 on Thursday, April 30 (8 p.m.) at virtual Kansas Speedway. Race time is 8 p.m. EST on YouTube and Twitch.

April 23, 8 p.m. EST — Gen-Y Hitch 100 — Texas Motor Speedway
April 30, 8 p.m. EST — Rich Mar Florist 100 — Kansas Speedway
May 7, 8 p.m. EST — Michigan 100 — Michigan International Speedway
May 14, 8 p.m. EST — 100 — Gateway Speedway
May 21, 8 p.m. EST — IceBox 100 — Homestead Miami Speedway
Championship Race

The Pickup Throwdown series was created by IceBox Helmet Cooler, Jordan Anderson Racing, AM Racing and A.E. Engine, with A.E. Engine’s Digital Creators Network serving as the Executive Producer of the production. Learn more at