Concord, North Carolina (February 10, 2019) - Christian Eckes behind the wheel of his No.15 JBL Audio Toyota started the 2019 season off on a high note capturing the pole position before finishing fourth in Saturday's ARCA Menards Series opener at Daytona International Speedway.
Eckes, 18, a three-time series winner takes to the track this year for a full season effort in pursuit of his first series championship with Venturini Motorsports. The New York native led nine laps in his first attempt at Daytona and scored valuable season accumulating points with his pole and top-5 finish.
"I thought we had a little bit better car than Harrison did but that's speedway racing," said Eckes. "We just weren't in the right line on the restart. As far as the points are concerned it was a good day. It would have been good to win here but we're happy to get a good start on the championship.
"I'm really excited to go back in a few days for the NASCAR Truck race with KBM. I learned a ton in the ARCA race which will really help me prepare. I'm ready."
Eckes will use his Daytona experienced gained during the ARCA race when he returns to the track Friday night making his season NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season debut driving the No.51 SiriusXM Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports at Daytona International Speedway.
His next ARCA Menards Series event will be at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida on Saturday, March 9. Eckes very familiar with Five Flags captured the highly coveted Snowball Derby Late Model Championship in 2016.