Solid Throughout Dirt Track World Championship Weekend
16, 2016) Paul Crowl Racing ventured to Portsmouth
Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio on October 14-15 for the 36th Annual
'Dirt Track World Championship,' which was sanctioned by the Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series and attracted 80 competitors to vie for
the whopping $100,000 winner's share. The unique format for the
crown jewel spectacular started with two sets of heat races on Friday
evening. Rick Eckert took the win in his first heat race prior to
advancing to third in his final prelim. After earning the fourth
most passing points during preliminary action, Rick started Saturday's
100-lap DTWC from the outside of the second row. The York, Pennsylvania
hotshoe hung around the front early in the distance before pitting
to get a tire on lap 63 and eventually finishing the extra-distance
affair in the thirteenth position. Complete results from PRP can
be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Paul Crowl Racing Competes
in Pittsburgher 100 at PPMS
9, 2016) The #7 team returned to dirt-slinging
competition at the sprawling Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Motor Speedway
in Imperial, Pennsylvania on October 7-8 in the 28th edition of
the 'Pittsburgher 100.' Following a wash-out of Friday's action
at the monster 1/2-mile speedplant, the entire $20,000 to win Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series program was contested on Saturday. Rick
Eckert laid down the fourteenth quickest time in Group A during
the qualifying session prior to finishing fifth in heat race action.
After scoring the victory in his B-Main, Rick was on the move early
in the 100-lap headliner until a skirmish with Jonathan Davenport
sent him pitside to the attention of his crew. "Scrub"
returned to the track and soldiered on to finish fourteenth in this
year's version of the 'Pittsburgher 100.' Full results from PPMS
can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Eckert Tackles UFO Doubleheader
at Dog Hollow Speedway...
25, 2016) Rick Eckert and the Paul Crowl
Racing team invaded Dog Hollow Speedway in Strongstown, Pennsylvania
on September 23-24 for the 'Thunderdog Showdown' weekend, which
was sanctioned by the UFO Championship Series. On Friday night in
the $2,000 to win weekend opener, Rick won his heat race in preliminary
action prior to finishing fourth in the A-Main behind only victor
Andy Fries, Mason Zeigler, and Dan Angelicchio. In the $6,000 to
win show on Saturday evening at Dog Hollow, "Scrub" advanced
past five competitors in his heat race to run third, but later pitted
during the 61-lap main event and was not admitted back on the track
after his visit to the hauler. Rick was relegated to a twenty-eighth
place performance in the 'Thunderdog Showdown' finale. Full results
from both races can be obtained by clicking on www.ufochampionship.com.
Rick Eckert Wins Working
Man Weekend Qualifier at Lernerville!
5, 2016) "Scrub" Rick Eckert was
back in World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series victory lane
on Friday night, September 2 by winning one of the two 'Working
Man Weekend' qualifiers at the storied Lernerville Speedway in Sarver,
Pennsylvania! Rick timed in third quickest in Group A during qualifying
and later led laps 21-25 of the qualifier to record the $2,500 payday
ahead of Brian Shirley, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Morgan Bagley, and
Chub Frank. In Saturday's $20,000 to win 'Working Man Weekend' finale
at Lernerville, Rick was able to advance past four competitors during
the 75-lapper en route to a steady fourth place effort behind only
race winner Jimmy Mars, Morgan Bagley, and Billy Moyer, Jr.!
The annual 'Late Model National Open' then closed
out the busy Labor Day holiday weekend for the #7 team on Sunday
evening, September 4 at Selinsgrove Speedway in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.
Rick laid down the second fastest time in Group B during the qualifying
session prior to placing second in heat race action. After drawing
the outside of the front row before the start of the 40-lap feature,
the York, Pennsylvania star finished a close second behind only
$8,000 victor Billy Moyer, Jr. Rick still sits third in the latest
version of the WOOLMS point standings exiting the tripleheader weekend.
Complete results from both Lernerville and Selinsgrove can be viewed
online at www.woolms.com.
(Howie Balis Photo)
Eckert Fourth in Great
Lakes Shootout Finale at Merritt Speedway
29, 2016) Rick
Eckert and the Paul Crowl Racing team were back on the track at
Merritt Speedway in Lake City, Michigan from August 26-28. The World
of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series sanctioned a pair of events
in the Wolverine State that made up the 'Keyser's Great Lakes Shootout.'
On Friday night in the $6,000 to win weekend opener, Rick timed
in fourth quickest in Group A during qualifying prior to running
second in his heat race. After starting seventh on the grid in the
25-lap sprint, "Scrub" slipped back to eleventh at the
checkers in the weekend lid lifter.
Following a rain-out on Saturday evening, a $10,000
to win show was held to wrap up the weekend on Sunday at Merritt
Speedway. Rick posted the fourth fastest lap in Group B during time
trials and later picked up the victory in his heat race. After drawing
the fourth starting spot prior to the drop of the green flag in
the 50-lap main event, the York, Pennsylvania native wound up finishing
right where he started... in the fourth position behind only winner
Josh Richards, Brandon Overton, and Rich Neiser. Complete results
from the 'Great Lakes Shootout' can be accessed online at www.woolms.com.
Rick Eckert Accumulates
Trio of Top Tens Over Hectic Weekend
15, 2016) The
#7 team followed the rigorous World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model
Series schedule to four different tracks in four different states
from August 11-14 for $10,000 to win special events! Rick Eckert
started his extended weekend on Thursday at Delaware International
Speedway in Delmar, Delaware by winning his heat race before rear
suspension problems in the 50-lap feature dropped him to fourteenth
in the final finishing order. On Friday evening at Potomac Speedway
in Budds Creek, Maryland, Rick placed third in his heat race prior
to advancing up to fifth in the 50-lapper to finish behind only
winner Josh Richards, Jason Covert, Shane Clanton, and Brandon Overton.
At Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Virginia on
Saturday night, Rick clicked off the fastest time overall during
qualifying, won his heat race, and later finished sixth in the 50-lap
headliner. In Sunday's weekend finale at Eriez Speedway in Hammett,
Pennsylvania, "Scrub" finished second in his heat race
and seventh in the 50-lap main event. Rick sits third in the latest
version of the WOOLMS point standings exiting Eriez last night.
Full results from these four races can be found online at www.woolms.com.
Eckert Earns Top Fives
with Outlaws at Shawano and Cedar Lake!
7, 2016) Paul
Crowl Racing headed north to the Badger State of Wisconsin from
August 2-6 for World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series specials
at Shawano Speedway in Shawano, Wisconsin and Cedar Lake Speedway
in New Richmond, Wisconsin. On Tuesday in a $10,000 to win show
at Shawano, Rick Eckert ran second in his heat race and fifth in
the 50-lapper behind only winner Shane Clanton, Josh Richards, Earl
Pearson, Jr., and Brandon Overton. At Cedar Lake on Thursday, Rick
won his heat race, led laps 11-18 of the $6,000 to win main event,
and eventually placed an impressive runner-up in the 30-lap affair
behind only victor Josh Richards.
Over the weekend at Cedar Lake, a whopping $50,000
payday was on the line in the 29th edition of the 'USA Nationals.'
Rick clicked off the eighth fastest lap in Group B during qualifying
on Friday night prior to finishing second in his loaded heat race.
After rolling off from the inside of the sixth row in Saturday's
100-lap grind, "Scrub" had a solid run going until a valve
spring issue caused him to retire in the twenty-sixth position after
only 26 green flag laps. Complete results from the busy week in
Wisconsin can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.
Rick Eckert Runner-Up
at Quincy; Climbs to Sixth in PDC!
31, 2016) Rick
Eckert and his #7 team were back on the World of Outlaws Craftsman
Late Model Series trail from July 28-30 with special events at Quincy
Raceway in Quincy, Illinois and Fairbury American Legion Speedway
in Fairbury, Illinois. On Thursday night at Quincy, Rick timed in
sixth quickest overall during the qualifying session and later scored
the victory in his heat race. After drawing the fifth starting spot
prior to the drop of the green flag in the 40-lapper, Rick blasted
all the way up to second and eventually nabbed an impressive runner-up
showing behind only $8,000 victor Shane Clanton!
At FALS over the weekend, the 27th edition of the
'Prairie Dirt Classic' was held at the 1/4-mile bullring and a whopping
$27,000 top prize was on the line. On Friday evening, Rick knocked
down the fourteenth fastest time in Group B during qualifying prior
to grabbing the third and final transfer spot through his heat race.
After rolling off from the inside of the ninth row in Saturday's
100-lap headliner, "Scrub" once again pointed his #7 machine
towards the front and drove all the way up to the sixth position.
At the checkers, Rick trailed only race winner Josh Richards, Dennis
Erb, Jr., Shane Clanton, Don O'Neal, and Shannon Babb. Full results
from the Land of Lincoln can be viewed by clicking on www.woolms.com.
Hectic Stretch of Racing
for Rick Eckert and Paul Crowl Racing
(July 15, 2016)
The Wild West Tour finale was scheduled for tonight at River
Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota and a $10,000 top prize
was up for grabs. Unfortunately, wet weather struck at the racetrack
following World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series qualifying
and the remainder of the program was nixed. Rick Eckert had posted
the fourth fastest lap during time trials before the rain hit at
14, 2016) With
morning rain and forecasts for additional wet weather, tonight's
$10,000 to win World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series tilt
at Hibbing Raceway in Hibbing, Minnesota has been rained-out and
will not be rescheduled. The Wild West Tour will wrap up tomorrow
evening at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
13, 2016) Rick
Eckert and the #7 team unloaded tonight at Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie,
Minnesota for another Wild West Tour battle with the World of Outlaws
Craftsman Late Model Series. Rick timed in fourteenth fastest overall
during the qualifying session and later ran fifth in his stacked
heat race. After rolling off from the outside of the seventh row
in the $10,000 to win main event, "Scrub" was able to
muscle past seven competitors during the 50-lapper en route to a
respectable seventh place performance.
9, 2016) The
Wild West Tour continued for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late
Model Series tonight at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota,
as the annual running of the 'NAPA Auto Parts Gopher 50' boasted
an $11,000 payday. Rick Eckert qualified fourth quickest in Group
B during time trials prior to scoring the triumph in heat race action.
After drawing the fourth starting spot for the 50-lap 'Gopher 50,'
Rick dropped a few positions early in the contest before storming
back up to third to trail only race winner Josh Richards and runner-up
Shane Clanton at the checkers!
8, 2016) Another
WOOLMS showdown in Iowa greeted the cars and stars of the national
touring series tonight at Mason City Motor Speedway in Mason City,
Iowa. Rick Eckert posted the fifth fastest lap in time trials and
later ran second in his loaded heat race. The York, Pennsylvania
star then drew the pole position before the drop of the green flag
in the $10,000 to win affair and ran second through much of the
distance. At the conclusion of fifty caution-free racing laps, Rick
had slipped back to fourth to finish behind only victor Shane Clanton,
Josh Richards, and Chad Simpson.
7, 2016) Action
with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series heated back
up tonight in the Hawkeye State, as Hamilton County Speedway in
Webster City, Iowa presided over an $8,000 to win program. Rick
Eckert timed in third quickest overall during qualifying prior to
taking the victory in his heat race. After drawing the outside of
the second row for the start of the 40-lap main event, "Scrub"
raced hard before eventually bringing home a steady seventh place
3, 2016) Another
World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series and UMP DIRTcar Summer
Nationals co-sanctioned showdown succumbed to Mother Nature today,
as the $8,000 to win program at Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, Illinois
was nixed by inclement weather.
2, 2016) Tonight's
$10,000 to win World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series and
UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals co-sanctioned event at Federated Raceway
at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri was unfortunately washed out early in
the day due to heavy rain showers.
30, 2016) The
dirt-covered Rockford Speedway near Rockford, Illinois played host
to the inaugural 'Outlaw Clay Classic' tonight, which kicked off
an ultra-busy stretch of racing for the Paul Crowl Racing team.
The single-day World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series throwdown
in the Land of Lincoln paid $10,000 to win and attracted a stout
34 car field. Rick Eckert placed third in his loaded heat race and
later started the 30-lapper from the inside of the sixth row. During
the rough-and-tumble headliner, "Scrub" stayed out of
trouble while trying to miss the ruts on his way to a solid ninth
Busy Week with World
of Outlaws in New York & Pennsylvania
25, 2016) A
busy day greeted the #7 team today at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver,
Pennsylvania, as a day/night doubleheader was held to wrap up the
annual 'Firecracker 100' weekend. In the rain-postponed $6,000 to
win prelim, Rick Eckert ran fourth in heat race action to earn the
outside of the seventh row for the start of the 30-lap main event.
"Scrub" then picked off five cars during the headliner
en route to a solid ninth place effort.
In the nightcap, Rick finished second in his loaded
heat race and later drew the pole position before the drop of the
green flag in the 'Firecracker 100.' During the course of the extra-distance
affair, which once again boasted a $30,000 payday, Rick ran towards
the front early in the race before eventually settling for a respectable
seventh place showing.
24, 2016) Following
yesterday's rain-out at Lernerville Speedway, action finally got
underway tonight at the Sarver, Pennsylvania facility, as a $6,000
top prize was on the line in a 'Firecracker 100' prelim. Rick Eckert
placed eighth in his heat race and seventh in his B-Main, which
forced him to rely on a series provisional to gain access into the
30-lap feature. The York, Pennsylvania ace then muscled past twelve
competitors during the race to salvage a fourteenth place finish
out of the prelim night.
23, 2016) Tonight's
$6,000 to win 'Firecracker 100' weekend opener at Lernerville Speedway
in Sarver, Pennsylvania was washed out due to heavy rainfall, but
has been reset for Saturday afternoon. Friday's $6,000 to win preliminary
program is still on as scheduled. Saturday's day/night doubleheader
will then conclude with the 'Firecracker 100,' which once again
boasts a $30,000 windfall for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late
Model Series special.
21, 2016) A
busy week with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series
kicked off tonight at Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, New York,
as an $8,000 payday was on the line in the 'Finger Lakes 40.' Rick
Eckert laid down the third fastest lap overall during the qualifying
session prior to scoring the victory in his heat race. After drawing
the fifth starting spot in the 40-lap headliner, Rick wound up finishing
right where he started in the caution-free affair... in the fifth
position behind only victor Josh Richards, Shane Clanton, Frank
Heckenast, Jr., and Brandon Overton.
Rick Eckert Fifth at
Hagerstown; Runner-Up at Selinsgrove!
13, 2016) Rick
Eckert and the #7 team were in action on the Appalachian Mountain
Speedweek trail on June 11-12 in a pair of $4,000 to win battles
at Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, Maryland and Selinsgrove Speedway
in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. On Saturday night at Hagerstown, Rick
posted the fastest lap in his group during time trials, ran third
in his heat race, and later vaulted past six competitors during
the 40-lapper en route to a solid fifth place performance. At Selinsgrove
on Sunday, "Scrub" earned Fast Time honors during qualifying
and won his heat race prior to leading the first eleven circuits
of the 40-lap headliner. His soft tire selection helped drop him
to second where he eventually finished behind only victor Kenny
Pettyjohn. Complete results from both weekend shows can be accessed
online at www.lmspeedweek.com.