On Saturday night Christian Eckes will try to do something that he hasn’t done before. He’s going to run two races in one night in two different types of car at the CARS Tour HKY Soup Kitchen Race to End Hunger 250 at North Carolina’s Hickory Motor Speedway.
The 15-year-old driver will race his LFR Chassis Super Late Model for 125 laps, hop out of that car and immediately into his JR Motorsports Late Model Stock for another 125 laps. For some, that would be a struggle. For Eckes it might be, but he enjoys a adversity.
“I think the interesting thing will just be the challenge because it’s two different types of cars,” Eckes said. “There’s different horsepower and different weight, so it will be a little bit challenging going from car to car in practice and remembering what line to run in each of them. I know it’ll be a challenge, but it’ll be a lot of fun too.”
The Greenville, New York native feels Hickory is the perfect track to pull off double-duty for the first time in his career because of his past experience at the track.
“In the Easter Bunny we had such a fast Super (Late Model), and JR Motorsports is always really stout at Hickory on the Late Model Stock side with Josh Berry. I think this is definitely the right track to make a double-duty start at.”
One thing Eckes has to focus on is the different driving line that each car takes. But the biggest thing is just getting refocused and not worn down after the Super Late Model race ends before he hops into the Late Model Stock Car.
“Hickory is a physically demanding track because you’re always turning and it’s such a small race track with a big car,” he said. “I think the time in between races will be enough. It’s better that the Super race is first. Going from a Late Model Stock to a Super would be more challenging, but going from the Super to the Late Model Stock is a little bit easier for me. From a drivers standpoint, the Late Model Stock Car requires a little more diligence to drive because it’s harder to make up for a mistake from one lap to another.”
Eckes will hit the track for the first time on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET for Super Late Model practice. The first round of Late Model Stock practice will immediately follow at 1:05 pm. Qualifying will take place at 4:30 p.m. with racing set to begin at 7:30 p.m.
For more on Christian Eckes, visit www.christianeckesracing.com, and be sure to follow him on Twitter, @ChristianEckes.
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