Christian Eckes Gears Up for Final ARCA Short Track Event of Season
Concord, North Carolina (October 2, 2018) – Christian Eckes, a two-time ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season winner will strap back into his Venturini Motorsports prepared No.15 JBL Audio Toyota Saturday night for the series’ final short track event of the season at Lucas Oil Raceway.
Originally scheduled last month but postponed until October 6, the ARCA Series will make its second to last stop on tour for the Shore Lunch 200 at the famed Indianapolis short track.
Eckes, 17, coming of a top-10 finish nearly three weeks ago in his last series start at Salem Speedway looks to finish his ARCA season on a high note. Driving a selective 2018 tour schedule consisting of 12 series starts, the New York state native has claimed his first two series wins (Salem Speedway and Illinois State Fairgrounds) along with his first ever General Tire pole award back in June (Elko Speedway).
This will be Eckes’ third career start on the 0.686-mile famed Indianapolis oval. Of his two previous attempts his best finish came last season, qualifying third and finishing 10th. Overall, throughout 26 career ARCA starts since 2016, the talented teenager has tallied nine top-5’s and 17 top-10’s – with 510 laps led.
“Really excited to go to Lucas Oil this weekend,” said Eckes. It’s by far one of my favorite race tracks for sure. We’ve had a decent amount of bad luck but also a lot of speed every time I’ve been there, so hopefully the luck aspect improves and we can get this JBL Audio #15 Camry back in Victory Lane on Saturday night.”
Mentioning his recent success, Eckes, paired with crew chief Kevin Reed, hope to claim their third victory of the season together. With Venturini Motorsports siting second in ARCA’s owner point standings, Reed, leading the charge for VMS’ 15-Toyota car all season long, has gone to victory lane with three drivers (Eckes, Self and C. Smith) for five of the team’s seven victories on the season.
After competing in his final ARCA event of the season at Lucas Oil Raceway, Eckes will reunite with Kyle Busch Motorsports in the No.46 Toyota Tundra for two more starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series; Martinsville Speedway Oct.27 and ISM Raceway in Arizona on Nov.9
Rain washed out the original date for the Shore Lunch 200 on September 7. With no practice or qualifying held that day, when the teams return on October 6, they will get 90 minutes of practice at 2 pm ET, with General Tire Pole Qualifying slated for 4:15 pm ET. The race will go green shortly after 7 pm ET. ARCA will steam the race live at ARCARACING.com starting at 7 pm EST and will have live timing & scoring, track updates, and scanner audio free for registered users throughout all on-track activity.