Hard Luck Delivers Christian Eckes 11th Place Finish in Return to Iowa Speedway
Concord, NC (July 9, 2018) - Christian Eckes rolled into Iowa for Saturday night's ARCA race with some experience at the 7/8-mile track, having made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut with Kyle Busch Motorsports three weeks ago, finishing eighth.
The Middletown, NY native backed that Truck performance up by leading 34 laps and winning the second stage at Gateway Motorsports Park behind the wheel of a KBM Toyota before getting wrecked in the final stage.
Last weekend Eckes returned to ARCA Racing competition with his Venturini Motorsports team and qualified eighth under the lights at Iowa Speedway in the No. 15 JBL-Flexzilla Toyota. Taking the green flag Eckes kept his car within striking distance early. Running in the seventh position on a restart just inside of 50 laps to go when he was hit from behind by the No.40 car and sent for a spin off Turn 4.
Fortunately, Eckes avoided making contact with the wall and was able to drive away. The incident did however spoil any chances the 17-year old driver had as he ended the night with a disappointing 11th place finish.
No time to dwell on misfortune Eckes returns to ARCA competition Saturday night for the tours’ fifth visit to Elko Speedway and the running of the Sioux Chief 250.
The next event for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is the Sioux Chief 250 at Elko Speedway. The Sioux Chief PowerPEX 250 is a one-day show, with practice scheduled at 3:15 pm ET/2:15 pm local; General Tire Pole Qualifying is set for 6:45 pm ET/5:45 pm local; and the green flag will wave over the race at 10 pm ET/9 pm local.
The race is scheduled to be televised live on MAVTV; ARCARacing.com will have live timing and scoring and live track updates for all on-track sessions for registered users.