Christian Eckes scored a pair of podium finishes over the weekend, finishing third in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (NV) and second in the ARCA Menards Series at Salem Speedway (IN).
While a win eluded Eckes on the weekend, he still comes out of the weekend excited and proud from two strong runs on a double-duty weekend.
“Obviously, we’d like to be a little bit better,” said Eckes, “But other than that it was a pretty solid weekend. We finished third, we felt like that was good since we hadn’t been able to put the whole day together with a good truck.”
Meanwhile, his runner-up ARCA finish allowed Eckes to close within five points of the series points lead, as front-runner and Venturini Motorsports teammate Michael Self finished 14thafter a suspension bolt failure ended his night early.
“It’s unfortunate for Michael. It’s not the way I wanted to gain points,” said Eckes. “I wanted to gain them back on the race track, and unfortunately we’re unable to do that now. With that being said, we’re in the hunt.“
Perhaps the greatest challenge of the weekend was traveling from Nevada following Friday’s truck race to Indiana for Saturday’s ARCA event. It led to a late night, a mad airport dash and very little sleep, but still the results were there.
“I got to Charlotte late, and I ended up being 45 minutes late on my layover,” explained Eckes. “It was a full-on sprint in the airport to get to the gate on time. We got to Louisville on time and everything. It was a long day.
“I tried to take a couple of naps, and it only seemed to make me more tired. I got through the race, slept a little, felt great. I’m honestly still trying to recover from it, it was that draining.”
Now, Eckes looks forward in the ARCA title hunt to Lucas Oil Raceway (IN) on October 5. Last year, he led 171 out of 200 laps at the .686-mile oval, scoring a dominant victory.
Eckes hopes that success will translate to his return there in a few weeks’ time, as well as the season finale at Kansas Speedway.
“We have two races to go at two places I feel like we have a good shot to win at. We’re one position back on the race track, and we’ll have to be on our A-Game because we know they will.
“I really wasn’t sure on Salem, if we were able to beat Michael. He had his misfortune, so we got that one out of the picture. I really do feel like we’ll be the one to beat at Lucas Oil, especially after our performance there last year.”
For more on Christian Eckes, visit https://www.christianeckesracing.com.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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