Christian Eckes’ debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East on Memorial Day at Virginia’s new Dominion Raceway couldn’t have gone much better than it did. Eckes qualified second and scored a top-10 finish in his debut to cap off a great day.
“I’d rate the whole day about an eight,” said Eckes. “Of course, I wish we could have gotten a little more, but I’m definitely happy with a top 10 finish in my first start. We wanted to accomplish our goals and in the first race the goal was a top-10 finish.”
The 15-year-old driver fell out of the top 10 early in the race, but rallied back to finish seventh.
“I was really actually surprised when we qualified second because we thought we had a better race run car than qualifying,” he said. “We just got too tight in the race. And then we got stuck up top a couple times and lost some spots, but overall it was a great day.”
The New York driver said his one ARCA Racing Series start helped him a lot because of the similarities between the two race cars.
“It definitely helped me out for how to conserve tires and how wide the cars are and how close I can get to the wall and other cars,” Eckes said. “They race the same, so it really helped in that way.”
Eckes said his next K&N East start with the LFR Chassis team will be at Ohio’s Columbus Motor Speedway on July 4, but the next race on his calendar is a Late Model Stock Car event at North Carolina’s Hickory Motor Speedway on June 4.
A Late Model Stock Car and a heavy K&N East stock car are different, but in ways, similar to each other. Eckes thinks going from the K&N car to the Late Model Stock won’t be too challenging.
“In a way I believe it helps me,” said Eckes. “You’re going to a faster car and then back down to a slower car. I think that actually helps me out.”
For more on Christian Eckes, visit www.christianeckesracing.com, and be sure to follow him on Twitter, @ChristianEckes.
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