(YORK, PENNSYLVANIA) The Rick Eckert Racing team continued their hot start to the month of October last week, as they reached victory lane on two occasions, bringing their win total to seven for the 2012 campaign! On Wednesday night, October 10, Rick Eckert scored his first career triumph at the pristine Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, North Carolina by capturing the annual ‘Circle K World of Outlaws Late Model Showdown.’
After breaking a driveshaft in hot laps, Rick bounced back to qualify seventeenth fastest and grab the third transfer spot in his loaded heat race. The York, Pennsylvania standout then started ninth on the grid in the 50-lap feature event and eventually nabbed the point on lap 31 when leader Josh Richards suffered a flat tire. Rick held the talented field behind him for the remainder of the distance to record his fifth World of Outlaws Late Model Series victory of the year and the $10,000 top prize over Clint Smith, Chub Frank, Bub McCool, and Darrell Lanigan!
The action quickly shifted to the Hesston Speedway in Hesston, Pennsylvania on October 12-13. In the first of two United Late Model Series (ULMS) events that made up the annual ‘Ultimate’ program, Rick started fifth in Friday’s 44-lap feature event and grabbed the top spot on lap 29. “Scrub” then led the remainder of the distance en route to the $4,044 payday over Jerry Bard, Scott LeBarron, Mike Lupfer, and Dave Hess, Jr. On Saturday evening in the $10,000 to win weekend finale, Rick wound up fifth in the final rundown behind only winner Tim Fuller, Jason Covert, Dylan Yoder, and Jamie Lathroum. Complete results from the busy week in North Carolina and Pennsylvania can be obtained by logging onto www.dirtondirt.com.
“Our car has been really good lately, but I knew our winning streak was bound to get snapped and it did on Saturday night at Hesston,” quoted Eckert this week. “It was awesome to win at Charlotte on Wednesday. We have had some strong runs there in the past, but things just never worked out for us to get into victory lane. Hopefully, we can keep things rolling this weekend at Winchester as well. It would mean an awful lot to me, my family, and our entire team to win that Raye Vest race. He was such a great man and a wonderful car owner – that would definitely be a really special victory if we could get it done.”
Next up for the #24 team will be a trip to the Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Virginia on October 19-20 for the annual running of the ‘Raye Vest Memorial’ race. The unsanctioned program honors Rick’s former car owner Mr. Raye Vest. A $3,500 winner’s check is on the line on Friday night at Winchester, while Saturday’s 50-lap main event will pay $8,000 to the winner. Additional information on this two-day show can be viewed by pointing your web browser to www.winchestervaspeedway.com.
Rick would like to thank the following sponsors for their commitment to his race team: In Loving Memory of Raye Vest, J&K Salvage, Ritchey Sandblasting, Bloomquist Race Cars, Jay D1ckens Racing Engines, Eckert Trucking, S&S Mobile Power Wash, All About Doors, Allstar Performance, Arizona Sport Shirts, Awesome Racewear, Bahia Service Center, Bell Helmets, Beyea Headers, Callies, Comp Cams, Delph Communications, Dyer’s Top Rods, FK Rod Ends, Heintz Bros. Automotive, Hoosier Tire, Hypercoils, ISC Racers Tape, JC Dubil Race Parts, Ohlins Shocks, Performance Bodies, Petersen Aluminum, Peterson Fluid Systems, Quarter Master, Ringers Gloves, Schaeffer’s Racing Oil, Scott Performance Wire, Sunoco Race Fuels, Sweet Mfg., The Bolt Patrol, Tim Fitez Painting, Van Alstine Tire Groovers, Weld Racing Wheels, Wiles Driveshafts, and Winters Performance.
The latest dirt on “Scrub” Rick Eckert can be found online at his official website, located at www.RickEckertRacing.com.
Media Contact: Ryan Delph – Delph Communications
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