Concord, North Carolina (October 2, 2017) – Christian Eckes turned in another strong performance finishing third behind the wheel of his Fury Race Cars prepared Super Late Model Toyota in Sunday’s All-American 400 at the Fairgrounds Nashville Speedway.
Qualifying second and starting on the outside front row Eckes jumped out to an early lead and paced the all-star studded field for the first 25-circuits of the grueling 400-lap event.
After relinquishing the lead on lap-26, Eckes settle in navigating his no.15 machine nose to tail among the top-three contenders for nearly the entire race. Falling to back to the sixth spot late in the race Eckes was able to get back up on the wheel and drive his Quality Bus Sales backed Toyota up to the third spot – capturing a podium finish at the checkered flag.
“Anytime you can finish in the top-three it’s a good day – especially at the All-American 400,” said Eckes. “The level of competition at these races is really incredible. Today’s field was stout. To win one of these big ones everything has to go your way.”
“Today was a good for our Fury Race Car team – but I still feel we missed it a bit with our set up. We tested some new things and just didn’t have enough to get over the hump to contend for the lead. We’re really close to making it happen and learned a lot this afternoon. Everyone on this team works their tails off – I can’t thank them enough for their efforts.”
Eckes has had a lot of good days this season – Sunday’s All-American 400 finish marked the teenager’s eighth overall top-5 finish of the season in Super Late Model competition – along with (12) top-10 finishes in thirteen events.
After yet another strong performance Eckes announced he’d forgo next weekend’s Winchester 400 – returning to the track for the CARS Tour Super Late Model season finale at South Boston Speedway on October 14.
(Photo Credit: Speed51)