One night removed from a major sim race win with Jordan Anderson’s IceBox Pickup Throwdown, Christian Eckes picked up another win with the Safelite Auto Glass No. 18 in the World Wide Technology Raceway eSeries CK Power 125 at the 1.25 mile oval. The former Snowball Derby winner made it look easy, starting on the pole and leading all but a handful of laps to score the win.
A string of late-race yellows kept the field bunched up, giving Landon Huffman and Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Raphael Lessard several chances to wrestle the lead away in the final laps. However, the cautions came as a blessing to Eckes, who thought the story would be different if there was a longer run to the finish.
“I thought honestly Landon was going to beat me there at the end, he was way faster. The cautions kept coming and kept coming and everything aligned for me to hold him off,” Eckes said on the broadcast. “Overall, it was a great race, I think we led all but a couple laps from someone taking two tires.”
Eckes’ strong point throughout the 100-lap feature were his restarts. He was able to build leads with single-file restarts during the second half of the race. As more restarts came to fruition, though, he had to change them up with Huffman and Lessard breathing down his neck.
“It’s definitely a lot easier than it is in real life with how iRacing’s rules are. Landon started to figure it out a little bit so I had to change it up. Then he’d figure it out the next time and I’d change it up. He definitely kept me on my toes. I felt like I did a pretty good job understanding where he was going to go. Overall, a pretty good performance on that end.
Huffman and Lessard took the final two spots on the podium. Victor Del Porto and IndyCar driver James Davison rounded out the top five.
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3