Concord, North Carolina (September 17, 2018) - Defending Salem race winner Christian Eckes rolled into Salem Speedway Saturday night looking to continue his success in the ARCA Racing Series.
After topping the practice speed chart earlier in the day Eckes qualified fourth for the main event.
Running solidly inside the top-5 during the first half of the 200-lap event, the two-time series winner gave up track position after a series of pit stops intended to move him forward. The 17-year old driver of the No.15 JBL Audio Toyota finished seventh.
"We took a swing with some changes in the pits but just missed," said Eckes. "I think if we had ten more laps you would've seen a better outcome. Proud of my guys for working their butts off on a hot day. Tonight just wasn't our day. We'll be back at Lucas Oil Raceway in a couple weeks looking to finish our ARCA season on a strong note."
The Middletown, NY native’s finish was his seventh top-10 on the season. Racing an abbreviated schedule, the Middletown, NY native finished with his seventh top top-10 of the season. In addition to picking up his first two career victories and first General Tire Pole Award this season the College freshman now has nine top-5’s and seventeen top-10’s over 26 career ARCA starts with Venturini Motorsports.
Eckes will make his final ARCA start of the season with Venturini Motorsports on Saturday, October 6 in Indianapolis. After that he'll rejoin Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for two more starts in the No.46 Toyota Tundra at Martinsville and Phoenix.
The next event for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is the rescheduled Shore Lunch 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana on Saturday, October 6. Practice is set for 2 pm ET, General Tire Pole Qualifying is set for 4:15 pm ET, and the race will go green at 7 pm ET. ARCARacing.com will have free live timing & scoring, track updates, and scanner audio for registered users.