Performing double-duty is difficult in any discipline of sports. Few have found success while competing in two different realms. In motorsports, often drivers can find themselves doing double-duty on a single day. Christian Eckes found himself bouncing back-and-forth between two different race cars Saturday at Hickory Motor Speedway for the CARS Tour event. Fortunately, he too found success with a second place finish in the Super Late Model portion of the Hickory Soup Kitchen Race to End Hunger 250 and top-10 finish in the Late Model Stock Car event.
Eckes set fast-time in his Super Late Model earlier in the day and started the race from the pole position. The 15 year-old driver quickly took the lead and paced more than 100 of the 125 laps on the night. With worn tires, Eckes finished second, but still challenged for the victory in the late stages of the race.
“Really he just had the better car when it came to tires,” said Eckes. “We got a little free at the end and he was very stable off the corner and through it. Hats off to him; he did a really good job. I think we could have maybe adjusted a little bit on our race setup, but I also think that I could have saved more of my stuff. Every time the caution came out I would try to pull ahead 5-10 car lengths and ride, and I could have just stayed 1-2 ahead of everybody and saved more.”
While the young driver was disappointed not to seal the deal with his No. 15 LFR Chassis machine, his runner-up finish at Hickory Speedway marks a season best. In fact, the finish is his first Super Late Model podium finish of 2016. His strong weekend also gives him confidence that he can pull double duty and be successful.
In the second-half of the doubleheader, the New York native finished ninth in his JR Motorsports Late Model Stock Car.
“It surely is a confidence boost,” said Eckes. “We haven’t had the best runs lately, usually caused by just pure bad luck, but finally we had great runs. We’ll fine-tune on the Late Model Stock Car a little more and we’ll be in contention for the win there too. It gives me the confidence that I can run ‘Double Duty’ and still be able to contend. It was definitely a challenge, but overall it went great.”
Christian Eckes will compete in the 150-lap Late Model Stock Car event Saturday, May 14, with the JR Motorsports team at Motor Mile Speedway in Fairlawn, Virginia. Look for some special announcements regarding Christian Eckes’ plans for 2016 in the coming weeks.
For more on Christian Eckes, visit www.christianeckesracing.com, and be sure to follow him on Twitter, @ChristianEckes.
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