Mooresville, NC – All four LFR Driver Development Group racers showed their talent and determination in the CARS Tour Super Late Model season finale on October 31. Each of the four LFR DDG drivers secured solid finishes at Hickory Motor Speedway: William Byron (4th place finish), Christian Eckes (6th place), Quin Houff (9th place) and Riley Herbst (11th place).
“All four of our house cars were in the Top-7 in practice this weekend and that was great for our group to show up with four cars and have everything run smooth and all the cars having a lot of speed right out of the truck,” said Rob Fuller, LFR DDG President. “Jeff (Fultz), Tony (Eury, Jr.) and the guys in the shop do a fantastic job week in and week out on preparing these cars.”
“William (Byron) really had a shot at the win and was forced to drop to the rear and really used his stuff up getting back to the Top-5,” explained Fuller. “Quin (Houff) was his steady self and had a great car but got spun off Turn 4. Christian (Eckes) had the fastest car in practice, qualified 2nd and ran Top-5 all day so that was a incredible day for him! And how do you say enough about Riley (Herbst)! His first time in a Super Late Model and he charged into the Top-5 in this crazy-competitive field, then got spun and came from the back in a torn-up car to make it back up to 11th. It was a great weekend overall! We can-t wait to get these guys back to the track!”
Leading the charge for LFR DDG was newly-crowned 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion, William Byron, who ran in the Top-5 of the Hickory night race for a majority of the night. His LFR race car handled well for him during the event.
“We had a solid race at Hickory this past weekend in the Liberty University 300,” said Byron. “I wish we could have gotten the win, but we still came home with a fourth-place finish after getting sent to the back. The team did a great job all weekend and we will go for the win this weekend at Concord Speedway.”
Quin Houff, an 18-year-old racer from Virginia, started the Liberty University 300 in eighth position and was running in sixth when he got spun out early in the race. Houff battled back to finish in 9th place – which secured him a fourth place finish in the 2015 CARS Tour Super Late Model Championship standings.
“We qualified in eighth and planned to stay around those positions for the race, but I got spun out early in the race and had to go to the back of the field,” recalled Houff. “Luckily, I didn’t hit the wall or anyone so we didn’t have any damage on our car. From there, I just avoided all of the wrecks. It was a crazy race. Before I knew it, I was back in the Top-10. The race car was really good and I was happy with it. I saved my tires for the end of the race and just survived through all the wrecks. We had a bent up right front fender due to some minor damage checking up from wrecks in front of me, so it got tight at the end, but we were able to hold onto it and get a solid finish to complete the season.”
LFR’s youngest driver at this event, Christian Eckes, a 14-year-old racer from New York, earned a track qualifying record for the CARS Tour event by qualifying second for the race. Eckes brought home a sixth-place finish after getting spun in the race.
“We had a fast car all weekend long,” Eckes said. “Qualifying second and breaking the track record with our run was a joy. I was hoping to finish a little better than sixth, especially with how fast our car was, but we brought it home in one piece and I’m happy with that! The number of cautions in the race was definitely our biggest downfall. Every time the caution came out I would have to start all over again.”
In his first-ever Super Late Model race, Riley Herbst, a 16-year-old Las Vegas native, qualified 10th and finished 11th at Hickory.
“This was my first Super Late Model race ever,” said Herbst. “I only had run Late Models before this weekend. The race went great for the most part! We ran around fourth and fifth place for most of the race but then someone spun us out so we had to work out way up from the back. There just wasn’t enough time for us to get all the way back up towards the front.”
The LFR DDG team is now preparing for the 48th Annual Snowball Derby held December 2-6 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla.
-Nealie Stufflet Press Release.