Rick Eckert doubled his fun over the weekend with the ULTIMATE Northeast Super Late Model Series, sweeping a Pennsylvania doubleheader weekend. Eckert discussed the pair of wins Monday during an appearance on Speed51’s “The Bullring” presented by Pit Weld U.
Eckert’s first win on the weekend came at Path Valley Speedway, a tight quarter-mile bullring in Spring Run, Pennsylvania. In a state known for it’s big, fast half-mile dirt tracks, Path Valley is an anomaly. That makes it all the more fun for “Scrub,” who enjoys the change of pace any time he gets to chance to race there.
“[Path Valley] is barely a quarter-mile. It’s pretty much the only small race track we have. Any time they race there, they get a lot of fans because it’s out-of-the-box for around here, everything around here is a half-mile. Whenever we have the change to go there, it’s a lot of fun.
“We started out not very good and ran second in our heat. We lapped all the way up to the fourth-place guy, so at the checkered we had lapped all but three guys.”
From Path Valley, Eckert and the ULTIMATE Northeast teams went to the fast half-mile of dirt known as Selinsgrove Speedway. It was quite an adjustment, but the result was the same for Eckert.
“The second night, we went to Selinsgrove Speedway and it’s the polar opposite. It’s one of the biggest half-miles we have around here. It’s a big, high-speed place. Gregg Satterlee, he’s always tough around here, but our car was on-point all weekend. We chased him down about halfway through the race.”
Eckert noted that the speed differences between the two tracks made for some drastic changes for his car between races.
“You probably run 60 or 70 miles per hour at one and 100 miles per hour at another. A lot of people take into consideration all that air on top of your car. All that air on the car locks your car down on the track, so you have to free it up. It’s easy to adjust your way out, for sure.”
Fans who missed Eckert’s interview on “The Bullring” can click here to watch an on-demand replay of Monday’s episode.
Many ULTIMATE Northeast competitors will compete this weekend at Richmond Raceway (KY) in the Paul “Butterball” Wooldridge Memorial, paying $20,059 and sanctioned by the ULTIMATE Heart of America Series. The next standalone ULTIMATE Northeast event is scheduled for September 19 at Greater Cumberland Raceway (MD).
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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