Rising to the challenge is what separates a top-notch driver from the rest of the pack. Whether it’s dominating a race, going on a winning streak or sealing a win with a late-race pass, drivers slowly rise to the top of the field and make a name for themselves.
That’s why the FK Rod Ends, who has nearly 10,000 combinations of rod ends and spherical bearings available and carefully crafts their products, is proud to honor a monthly “Team FK Driver of the Month” from the short track ranks of America on Speed51.com. Each month, an esteemed panel of short track industy insiders will vote on which driver had the most success on the track. The driver with the most votes will then be the “Team Fk Driver of the Month” and will receive a $25 product certificate to use at FK Rod Ends. At the end of the 2016 season, the driver that received the most votes throughout the season will then be the “Team FK Driver of the Year” and will be awarded $250 product certificate to FK Rod Ends. To learn more about FK Rod Ends and their growing inventory visit fkrodends.com.
The winner of the “Team FK Driver of the Month” for the months of November & December is……
Christian Eckes had won just one Late Model race prior to November 19. In a 17-day stretch, he won three of them, including the most prestigious pavement Super Late Model race in America.
Eckes kicked off his winning ways on November 19 at Myrtle Beach Speedway (SC) by edging out his teammate Josh Berry to win the prestigious Myrtle Beach 400. The win was the second of his career and first in over a year.
One week later, Eckes made his way to Southern National Motorsports Park (NC) with Fury Race Cars to compete in the Super Late Model portion of the Thanksgiving Classic. He started on the pole and eventually won the race, his first victory in a Super Late Model.
With momentum on his side, Eckes entered the 49th Annual Snowball Derby the following week. Competing against nearly 60 of the strongest Super Late Model drivers in the country, the 16-year-old stood tall in Victory Lane after beating John Hunter Nemechek in the closest finish in Snowball Derby history.
His victory at Five Flags Speedway was so shocking and so unbelievable that even Eckes couldn’t muster up the strength to stand in Victory Lane. He fell to the ground and laid on his back next to the Tom Dawson Trophy, realizing the significance of what he was able to accomplish.
For his spectacular performances during a 17-day span in November and December, Eckes has been named the Team FK Driver of the Month.
Others receiving votes: Anthony Perrego, Augie Grill, Erick Rudolph, John Hunter Nemechek, Matt Hirschman, Ty Majeski