Concord, North Carolina (September 25, 2017) – Reigning Snowball Derby Champion Christian Eckes returned to action over the weekend claiming a fifth-place finish in the Southern Super Series’ final Super Late Model race of the season at Five Flag Speedway in preparation for his title defense in the upcoming 50th Annual Snowball Derby.
Winning the Crown Jewel of Super Late Model Racing, Eckes’ career-changing 2016 Snowball Derby victory grabbed national headlines and thrusted the 16-year old’s name to the top of the list among racing insider’s conversations as one the best young driving talents in the country today.
Using Saturday’s event at Five Flags Speedway as a final tune-up for December’s marquee event, Eckes returned to the seat behind the wheel of his No.15 Fury Race Car Toyota Camry focused on preparing for the mammoth task of defending his championship title.
After getting off to a slow start and qualifying 15th for the final Derby tune-up, Eckes buckled down and quickly went to work. Showcasing his talent early, the Middletown, New York native battled the strong field - methodically driving up through the field working his way inside the top-10 at the break of the 100-lap event. Unable to truly battle for the lead Eckes relied on his team to make changes allowing him race his way into the fifth position at the checkered flag.
“Our goal is to win every time out,” said Eckes after Saturday night’s Blizzard Series finale. “We didn’t get the job done today but learned a lot about our car and came out in good shape for the big one in December.”
“We tested a lot of different things with our set up and it put us in the hole for qualifying. The strength of our Fury Race Car still allowed us to bounce back from a poor qualifying effort and race back through the field for a solid top-5 finish. I’ve got a ton of confidence in this team and I’ll be ready to challenge for the win when we come back for the Derby.”
While Eckes awaits his challenge he’ll move onto this weekend’s star studded Super Late Model All-American 400 in Nashville at the famed Fairgrounds Nashville Speedway.