Rick Eckert Moves Up to Third in WoO Points

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    (YORK, PENNSYLVANIA) Rick Eckert racked up his second straight World of
    Outlaws Late Model Series feature event last Friday night at the Smoky
    Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN. Rick set the fastest time in
    qualifying, won his heat race, and won the dash to earn the pole position
    for the 60-lap, $10,000 to win event. Rick dropped back to third at the
    start and battled with Scott Bloomquist, Bart Hartman, and Darrell Lanigan
    all race long. He eventually took the lead on lap 34 and held off
    Bloomquist the rest of the way to get the $10,000 payday.

    Saturday night at the North Georgia Speedway in Chatsworth, GA was another
    good points race for the Raye Vest / J&J Steel #24 Rocket / Cornett Ford
    Taurus. He set fast time once again and won his heat race, but finished
    second in the dash to earn an outside front row starting spot. He took the
    lead from the outside and led the first 27 laps in the 60-lap, $10,000 show.
    The more the #24 got into lapped traffic, the tighter it would get, and
    Rick eventually wound up in the sixth place spot when the checkers flew over
    the field. By virtue of his win and the sixth place outing this weekend,
    Rick jumped up to third in the WoO Late Model point standings.

    "It was a good points weekend for us," stated Eckert from his York, PA shop.
    "The race we won at Smoky Mountain was a great show and I feel lucky to
    get out of there with a win. We really had to earn that one because it was
    a heck of a battle out there. On Saturday night, we were good when we had
    the lead and were out in the open, but once we got around cars, our car was
    way too tight. We knew (eventual winner Shane) Clanton would be tough to
    beat because he always is there. We just didn't loosen up enough before the
    race, but it was still a good points night."

    Rick will take this week off as he prepares for heading out to North Dakota,
    Nebraska, and Iowa next week with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series.
    The team will unload next at the Red River Valley Speedway in W.Fargo, ND
    next Tuesday for a $10,000 to win WoO show. The Midwestern tour continues
    later next week in Lincoln, NE and Farley, IA. Log onto
    www.worldofoutlawslatemodelseries.com for the latest information on all
    three of these events.

    The latest on the Raye Vest Racing team can be found at

    Media Contact: Ryan Delph - Delph Communications

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