Christian Eckes, driver for Venturini Motorsports and Kyle Busch Motorsports, competes in both the ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
The 18-year-old Eckes began his career as so many young drivers do nowadays, racing a Bandelero at Bethel (N.Y.) Motor Speedway in 2010 at the age of nine. After a limited number of races that first season, Eckes raced the full slate in each of the next two season in the Bandolero Bandit class. In 2013, Eckes moved up in class to Bandolero Outlaw, finishing second in the class points and fifth in the INEX National Championship. Also that season, Eckes won the annual Legend Stock race and the coveted Legend Stock guitar trophy. Legend Stock is a take on the legendary Woodstock music festival, which took place near Bethel Motor Speedway.
Moving to Legend Cars in 2014, at the age of 13, Eckes took over the No. 5 Dennis Lambert Racing machine. In 67 races that season, Eckes won an impressive 25 times, earning 52 top-five and 63 top-10 finishes along the way. He also made the rounds of tracks around the country, competing at venues such as Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring, Concord (N.C.) Speedway, Bethel Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Florida’s Auburndale Speedway and Orlando Speedworld and Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome. His performance put him in a three-way tie for the top spot in the national INEX Legends Young Lion point standings. He was third in the National Race of Champions and runner-up in the INEX Legends Nationals at Las Vegas, cementing a second-place finish in the national championship points.
In August of the 2014 season, Eckes began testing in a NASCAR Late Model stock car to prepare for the 2015 season. He competed in 17 LMS races, earning a victory, eight top-five and 14 top-10 finishes in the 2015 season. Highlights of his first season include his first career victory at Caraway Speedway, as well as beginning his Super Late Model Career with LFR Chassis (Now Fury Race Cars). Making the Snowball Derby in their first attempt, it was surely a great first year for the young Eckes.
The 2016 season was one to remember for Eckes, but it started off fairly rough. He was unable to pick up a win, until the end of the season, where he not only picked up a win, but 3 of them. He concluded the season by winning the 2016 Myrtle Beach 400 at Myrtle Beach Speedway, the Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park, and the prestigious Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway. He was also able to compete in an ARCA Racing Series car for 4 races with Venturini Motorsports.
In 2017, Eckes competed in both the ARCA Racing Series, as well as in his own Super Late Model. Although Eckes eluded victory in every attempt, he was no slouch as he finished the year with 15 top-3's and 27 top-10s in 30 races. Eckes also extended his contract with Venturini Motorsports for another 13 races for the 2018 season.
When 2018 came around, Eckes knew it was crunch time. Although Eckes and team struggled at Nashville, they came back swinging in their next race and won their first ARCA Racing Series race. Also, in the week after the win, Eckes released that he would be running for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for 4 races, beginning at Iowa Speedway on June 16th. He then went on to finish his ARCA Racing Series year with 2 more victories (3 total) and 2 pole positions. Eckes later announced after his final victory at Lucas Oil that he would be returning to Venturini Motorsports to compete in a full-time effort in the 15 car.