Christian Eckes put together another strong performance in the Southern Super Series (SSS) this weekend at Five Flags Speedway. The 15 year-old driver earned his second series podium finish in as many starts and his highest finish at the Pensacola, FL track.
“It was a really good weekend. We made a lot of gains from beginning to end, so I was very proud of my team.” said Eckes.
Eckes qualified sixth for the 150-lap event and found himself running inside of the top-ten much of the race. Changes to his No. 15 machine at the ten minute break at lap 100 helped the Greenville, NY driver make a strong run during the final 50 laps to bring home a third place finish.
“It definitely feels good to be able to run top-three this weekend,” said Eckes. “We didn’t have the best car in the beginning of the race, but fortunately the break helped us out and we adjusted on it to make it better. I think we honestly had something at the end for second place Harrison Burton and winner Bubba Pollard. We had a really good car on the long runs, and the times surely proved that at the end. With lapped traffic and all of the challenges that were there, it surely hurt our chances to get there (to challenge for the win).”
Like many teams, Eckes used Saturday’s race at Five Flags Speedway as a tune-up for the prestigious Snowball Derby to be held at the track in early December. Eckes finished 22nd at least year’s event, but a solid run on Saturday has his confidence building as the biggest race of the year draws near.
“We learned a lot for the Derby and that was our main goal of the weekend,” said Eckes. “We tried some new things as far as setup this weekend and it proved to be pretty good. It definitely builds confidence for this year’s Derby.”
Eckes will be back behind the wheel of his Super Late Model this weekend for the All American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in Tennessee on October 1 and 2.