Christian Eckes was making waves at short tracks around the country in 2016, but it wasn’t until the final two months of the season that Eckes became a household name among short trackers.


Fresh off of the biggest win of his career at the 49th Annual Snowball Derby, the Middletown, New York racer now looks to stake his claim at CRA’s SpeedFest at Crisp Motorsports Park in Cordele, Georgia.


300x250 SpeedFest 2017 PPVEckes, who ended his season by also capturing wins in the Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park (NC) and Myrtle Beach 400, returns to Cordele after a sixth-place finish one year ago.


“We definitely ran pretty well last year but I think we’ll definitely have better cars this year,” Eckes told “Last year we were just trying to figure out the cars. It was basically a new chassis. We had a really good run there so I am looking forward to this year.”


Eckes has seen the likes of success while running with teams such as JR Motorsports and LFR who has newly reformed as Fury Race Cars. Though his seat time behind the wheel of a Super Late Model is minimal, he has proven in a short amount of time that his transition into supers has been a relatively easy one.


Including running with the ARCA/CRA Super Series at CRA SpeedFest, Eckes has approximately 20 Super Late Model races scheduled with Fury Race Cars. He has informed that he plans to release the rest of his 2017 season plans soon.


Coming off a successful end to his 2016 season the young driver looks to carry his momentum with Fury Race Cars into CRA SpeedFest. Eckes isn’t going into this race over confident though as he strides for another good finish.


“I think we have just the right amount of momentum going into SpeedFest,” he stated. “Hopefully all the hard work into our cars over the break pays off. I believe in my team and our cars so hopefully we will be able to pick up another good finish.”


For his first race of the 2017 season he will be competing against many familiar faces from the Snowball Derby, and Eckes is ready to take on the competition at the tricky 1/3-mile oval of Crisp Motorsports Park-Home of Watermelon Capital Speedway.


“It would be really cool to be able to go and win this race. Cordele is one of my favorite racetracks because of how it races,” he said. “I am excited to say the least and ready to try and keep the streak alive.”


Race fans unable to make it to Cordele, Georgia will be able to watch the “hottest driver in America” attempt to keep his streak alive by tuning into the live SpeedFest video stream on


For the third year CRA SpeedFest is available with Speed51 TV’s pay-per-view broadcast on on Sunday, January 31. The pay-per-view live video is available for purchase for $24.99.


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-Story by: Hannah Newhouse, Southeast Correspondent

-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo

Hottest Driver in America Makes Return Trip to SpeedFest