Christian Eckes, driver for Venturini Motorsports with the ARCA Racing Series, and driver for Fury Race Cars in the Super Late Model series, will compete this season in 9 ARCA races and 24 Super Late Model Events.
The 16-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 a third-place run in the Sept. 12 LM feature at Hickory Motor Speedway, a seventh-place finish at Motor Mile Speedway on Aug. 23 and a 10th-place result in the CARS Tour event at Myrtle Beach (S.C) Speedway on Sept. 19.
The 2016 season was one to remember for young 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 prestigous Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway. He was able to also compete in an ARCA/ Remax Series car for 4 races with Venturini Motorsports, which was a big step in his racing career.
Christian, a New York resident, is an honor student who attends the George Washington University Online High School. When not racing, he enjoys competing on the iRacing race simulator with his competitors, traveling with his family and playing various sports.