Nashville, TN (September 29, 2017) - Considered one of the marquee events of the season, Sunday’s 33rd Annual All-American 400 at the Fairgrounds Nashville Speedway will bring out the who’s who of Super Late Model Racing from across the country.
One of those driver’s looking to capture Music City’s highly-coveted All-American 400 guitar trophy is 16-year old Christian Eckes. Eckes, already a proven champion with a decorated racing resume, returns to Nashville with his No.15 Quality Bus Sales Toyota - Fury Race Car Super Late Model seeking his first major victory of the season.
“This is a big weekend for me and our program,” says Eckes. “We’re coming off a solid finish in last weekend’s race final tune up for the (Snowball) Derby and riding a lot of momentum into this weekend’s race. Nashville is a special place – tons of history at this track. It’s definitely one of my favorite places. The track is old and offers up multiple racing grooves – it fits my driving style.”
Winner of last year’s biggest Late Model Race of the season, the Snowball Derby, Eckes rolls into Nashville as one of Sunday’s clear cut pre-race favorites. In 2016, Eckes made his first and only All-American 400 attempt but failed to finish after a late race multi-car crash ended his day while running in the top-5.
“Winning the (All-American) 400 would be a huge accomplishment for me and my team. We had a shot last year but got caught up in a late race wreck ending our day early – that’s just part of racing. As a driver you can’t get hung up on the past – I’m focused and looking out my windshield at the future. Hopefully come Sunday afternoon I’m raising that guitar.”
No stranger to Nashville’s historic 5/8th mile race track, New York state native made his 2016 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut on the same surface and returned again this season finishing third after qualifying on the outside front row and leading 28-laps.
For more on Christian Eckes, visit www.christianeckesracing.com, and be sure to follow him on Twitter, @ChristianEckes.
All- American 400 Schedule:
Practice for the All-American 400 will take place Friday, September 29 with additional practice and qualifying for Sunday’s 400-lap event beginning Saturday, September 30 at 3:15pm (Local Time). The Green Flag for the All-American 400 will waive Sunday afternoon at 12:00pm.