Eckert Closes Out 2017 Racing Season in World Finals at Charlotte
5, 2017) Rick Eckert and his #7 team
entered their final two races of the 2017 season from November 2-4
in the 11th edition of the 'World Finals' at the pristine Dirt Track
at Charlotte in Concord, North Carolina. The World of Outlaws Craftsman
Late Model Series held their season-ending races at the 4/10-mile
speedplant and 75 competitors signed into the pit area to do battle.
When things kicked off on Thursday evening with two rounds of qualifying,
Rick laid down the twenty-fifth fastest lap in Group B in the first
session and the twenty-third quickest time in Group B in the final
On Friday night in the first of two $12,000 to win programs, Rick
placed sixth in his loaded heat race and third in his B-Main before
utilizing a series provisional and finishing twenty-third in the
final rundown of the 50-lap headliner. In Saturday's shootout, which
also boasted a $12,000 winner's check, "Scrub" wound up
fifth in his heat race, second in his B-Main, and twenty-first in
the 50-lapper. Rick was officially placed fifth in the final version
of the WOOLMS point standings following his season finale. Complete
results from the Charlotte-area facility can be obtained by pointing
your web browser to www.woolms.com.
Eckert Improves Five
Spots En Route to Runner-Up at Joliet!!!
15, 2017) On October 13-14, the #7
team was in the pit area at the pristine Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway
in Joliet, Illinois, as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model
Series sanctioned the two-day 'Chi-Town Showdown.' In Friday night's
$10,000 to win weekend opener, Rick Eckert qualified thirteenth
fastest overall during time trials prior to placing third in his
loaded heat race. After starting the 50-lap headliner from the inside
of the fourth row, Rick stormed towards the front and eventually
guided his Longhorn mount to a strong runner-up effort behind only
victor Chris Madden. The 'Chi-Town Showdown' finale on Saturday
evening, which was scheduled to boast another $10,000 winner's share,
was washed out early in the day due to inclement weather and will
not be rescheduled. Full results from Joliet can be accessed by
pointing your Internet browser to www.woolms.com.
Rick Eckert Gains Five
Spots; Leaves Pittsburgh in Tenth Position
8, 2017) Next up for Paul Crowl Racing
was a trip to the sprawling Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Motor Speedway
in Imperial, Pennsylvania on October 6-7 for the 29th edition of
the 'Pittsburgher 100,' which was once again sanctioned by the Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series. On Friday night during preliminary action,
Rick Eckert clicked off the tenth fastest lap in Group A in time
trials prior to grabbing the fourth and final transfer spot through
his stacked heat race. After starting Saturday's $20,000 to win
headliner from the inside of the eighth row, Rick was able to work
his way up five spots during the 100-lap affair to leave PPMS with
a steady tenth place performance. Complete results from the 'Pittsburgher
100' weekend can be obtained by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
Eckert Battles WOOLMS
Foes in Great Plains Triple Shot...
25, 2017) Paul Crowl Racing ventured
west to the Great Plains from September 22-24 for a trio of World
of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series showdowns in the states of
Kansas and Oklahoma. On Friday night in a $10,000 to win program
at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, Rick Eckert finished
fourth in his stacked heat race prior to advancing up to sixth in
the main event. At Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Oklahoma
on Saturday evening in a similar $10,000 to win battle, Rick ran
second in his heat race and later brought home an impressive third
place podium performance in the A-Main behind only victor Brandon
Sheppard and runner-up Chase Junghans. In Sunday's tripleheader
finale at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas, "Scrub" placed
third in his heat race and tenth in the 40-lapper, which boasted
an $8,000 paycheck. Full results from the triple shot can be viewed
online at www.woolms.com.
Rick Eckert Sees Rain
at Lernerville; Suffers Problems at Selinsgrove
4, 2017) Following a rain-out on Saturday
evening at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania, the #7
team followed the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series tour
to Selinsgrove Speedway in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania on Sunday night,
September 3 for the annual running of the 'National Open.' Rick
Eckert laid down the second quickest lap overall during the time
trial session prior to scoring a victory in heat race action. After
drawing the pole position for the $8,000 to win main event, Rick
had a strong run going in the 40-lapper until he broke the yoke
on the transmission, which caused a myriad of other rear-end problems.
"Scrub" was dropped to sixteenth in the final finishing
order due to the mechanical woes and currently sits fifth in the
latest version of the WOOLMS point standings. Full results from
Selinsgrove can be accessed online at www.woolms.com.
Eckert Finishes Seventh
and Fourth in Great Lakes Shootout
28, 2017) Rick Eckert and his #7 team
spent the August 26-27 weekend at Merritt Speedway in Lake City,
Michigan, as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series presided
over the 'Great Lakes Shootout,' which kicked off on Saturday evening
with a $6,000 to win program. Rick ran second in his heat race prior
to slipping back to seventh in the final rundown of the 30-lap main
event. In Sunday's $15,000 to win 'Great Lakes Shootout' finale,
Rick placed third in heat race action, but later steered his Longhorn
mount past a trio of competitors during the caution-free 75-lap
headliner. "Scrub" crossed underneath the checkers fourth
behind only victor Chris Madden, Shane Clanton, and Brandon Sheppard
in the high-paying Wolverine State showdown. Complete results from
Merritt can be located by clicking on www.woolms.com.
Rick Eckert Posts Strong
Finishes in WoO Triple Shot in DE & PA
21, 2017) The #7 team entered a trio
of $10,000 to win World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series shootouts
at Georgetown Speedway in Georgetown, Delaware, Port Royal Speedway
in Port Royal, Pennsylvania, and Eriez Speedway in Hammett, Pennsylvania
from August 17-20. Rick Eckert won his heat race on Thursday night
at Georgetown prior to winding up fourth in the 40-lap feature behind
only winner Devin Moran, Austin Hubbard, and Brandon Sheppard. At
Port Royal on Saturday, Rick placed third in his heat race before
blitzing up to fourth in the 40-lapper to trail only victor Brandon
Sheppard, Jason Covert, and Chris Madden at the checkered flag.
In the weekend finale on Sunday evening at Eriez, "Scrub"
ran third in his heat race once again and later moved past three
competitors during the 50-lap headliner en route to a solid sixth
place showing. Full results from all three weekend battles can be
accessed online at www.woolms.com.
Eckert Inducted in NDLMHOF;
Enters North/South 100 at Florence
13, 2017) Paul Crowl Racing spent
the August 10-12 weekend at Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky,
as they entered the 35th edition of the 'North/South 100,' which
was once again sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.
The three-day crown jewel spectacular kicked off at the undersized
1/2-mile oval on Thursday night with the 'North/South Shootout,'
which paid $10,000 to the winner. Rick Eckert, who was also inducted
into the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame over the weekend,
qualified third fastest in Group B during time trials prior to scoring
an impressive win in his heat race. After starting sixth on the
grid in the 50-lap main event, Rick unfortunately slipped back a
few spots during the caution-free race and eventually crossed underneath
the checkers in the fourteenth position.
On Friday night, the 'North/South 100' officially got underway
with a double set of qualifying heat races at the Cincinnati-area
facility. Rick placed ninth in his first heat race of the evening,
while he finished fifth in his final prelim. Starting midpack in
Saturday's consolation event, "Scrub" opted to scratch
from the remainder of the show; therefore, he was not able to transfer
into the $50,000 to win headliner that was ultimately won by Tim
McCreadie. Complete results from the extended weekend at Florence
Speedway can be accessed by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
Outlaws Take Paul Crowl
Racing Through Illinois & Wisconsin...
5, 2017) The 30th edition of the 'USA
Nationals' concluded tonight at the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway
in New Richmond, Wisconsin and each driver had their sights firmly
set on capturing the whopping $50,000 windfall. Rick Eckert laid
down the fourth quickest time in Group B during the time trial session
last night before running seventh in his heat race. After finishing
fourth in his B-Main and second in the Last Chance Qualifier tonight,
Rick rolled off in the 100-lap 'USA Nationals' from the outside
of the twelfth row. "Scrub" wound up completing only 35
circuits in the extra-distance affair and was officially listed
twenty-seventh in the final rundown.
4, 2017) The 'USA Nationals' finally
kicked off tonight at Cedar Lake Speedway and a $6,000 payday was
on the line in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series
show at the New Richmond, Wisconsin facility. Rick Eckert placed
sixth in his heat race and seventh in his B-Main, but was awarded
a series provisional to start twenty-third on the grid in the 30-lap
prelim. Despite slowing on lap 28, Rick was still able to move up
to record a thirteenth place showing tonight at CLS.
3, 2017) Tonight's $6,000 to win 'USA
Nationals' preliminary event at the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway
in New Richmond, Wisconsin has been rained-out and rescheduled for
tomorrow evening. Also on tap tomorrow at CLS with the entire rain-postponed
prelim program will be the regularly scheduled time trial session
and heat races for Saturday's 'USA Nationals' headliner, which once
again boasts a gigantic $50,000 winner's check.
2, 2017) The #7 team made the overnight
haul to Shawano Speedway in Shawano, Wisconsin tonight for the annual
running of the 'Sun Drop Shootout,' which was sanctioned by the
World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series. The $10,000 to win
event marked the eighth straight year that the national tour has
hosted an event at the sprawling 1/2-mile speedplant. Rick Eckert
qualified fourteenth fastest overall during time trials, but advanced
up to second in his stacked heat race. After rolling off from the
pole position in the 50-lap finale, "Scrub" took the lead
at the drop of the green flag and dominated the entire distance
en route to capturing the five-figure payday over Chris Madden,
Don O'Neal, Shane Clanton, and Mike Marlar! (Shawn
1, 2017) The World of Outlaws Craftsman
Late Model Series made their first-ever stop to Oshkosh Speedzone
Raceway in Oshkosh, Wisconsin tonight and Paul Crowl Racing was
in the pit area to vie for the $10,000 top prize. Rick Eckert laid
down the fourth fastest lap in Group A during qualifying before
running second in heat race action. After drawing the sixth starting
spot before the drop of green flag in the 50-lapper, Rick was a
fixture inside of the top ten and ultimately wound up ninth in the
final finishing order of the caution-free affair.
29, 2017) Rick Eckert rolled into
Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois for this
weekend's 28th Annual 'Prairie Dirt Classic,' which was once again
sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series and
boasted a lucrative $30,000 payday. Last night in preliminary competition,
Rick timed in eighth fastest in Group B during qualifying before
placing fifth in his $2,500 to win prelim feature behind only winner
Mike Marlar, Tim McCreadie, Jimmy Owens, and Chris Ferguson. After
picking up the triumph in his B-Main earlier tonight, "Scrub"
wound up finishing fifteenth in the 100-lap PDC.
26, 2017) Next up on the schedule
for the #7 team was a visit to Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown,
Illinois tonight for an $8,000 to win World of Outlaws Craftsman
Late Model Series mid-week throwdown. Rick Eckert tripped the clock
eighth fastest overall during the qualifying session prior to placing
second in his loaded heat race. After starting the 40-lap affair
from the outside of the second row, Rick ran towards the front throughout
the distance before crossing underneath the checkers third behind
only victor Brandon Sheppard and runner-up Chris Madden!
Wild West Tour Nightly
Results for #7 Team...
14, 2017) The four-race Wild West
Tour wrapped up tonight for the cars and stars racing with the World
of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series with the 'Acme Tools 50'
at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Afternoon
rain showers prior to the $10,000 to win special made for a wicked
fast racing surface. Rick Eckert laid down the seventh fastest lap
in Group B during qualifying and later grabbed the fourth and final
transfer spot through his heat race. Unfortunately, Rick suffered
mechanical woes before the drop of the green flag in the 50-lapper
and was relegated to a disappointing twenty-fourth place showing.
The York, Pennsylvania standout currently sits sixth in the latest
WOOLMS point standings exiting the Wild West Tour.
13, 2017) The penultimate event of
the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series-sanctioned Wild
West Tour took the #7 team to Hibbing Raceway in Hibbing, Minnesota
tonight for another $8,000 to win duel. Rick Eckert set a New Track
Record during qualifying on the lightning-fast racing surface before
placing second in heat race action. After drawing the fifth starting
spot prior to the 40-lap main event, Rick slipped back a couple
of positions and eventually left Hibbing with a steady seventh place
12, 2017) Next up on the Wild West
Tour with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series was a
visit tonight to Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minnesota for an $8,000
to win shootout. Rick Eckert posted the ninth fastest lap in time
trials prior to placing second in his stacked heat race. "Scrub"
then drew the fifth starting spot before the drop of the green flag
in the 40-lapper and moved up to fourth to finish behind only victor
Chris Madden, Brandon Sheppard, and Chad Simpson!
8, 2017) The Wild West Tour kicked
off for Paul Crowl Racing tonight in the 38th edition of the 'Gopher
50' at the pristine Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota.
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series special drew 36
competitors to the 3/8-mile oval - all of whom were vying for the
$10,000 winner's check. Rick Eckert tripped the clock eighth quickest
in Group B during qualifying and later ran second in his loaded
heat race. After drawing the outside of the front row for the start
of the prestigious 50-lap race, Rick ran the majority of the distance
inside of the top ten before slowing late to draw a caution flag.
"Scrub" eventually wound up twentieth in the final finishing
order tonight at Deer Creek.
Hectic Fourth of July
Holiday Week for Paul Crowl Racing...
1, 2017) Another $10,000 winner's
check was up for grabs in another World of Outlaws Craftsman Late
Model Series and UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals clash tonight at Federated
Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri. Rick Eckert timed in second
quickest in Group A during the qualifying session prior to posting
a heat race triumph. After starting from the pole position in the
50-lapper, Rick eventually nabbed an impressive third place podium
showing behind only race winner Brandon Sheppard and runner-up Eric
30, 2017) The $10,000 to win showdown
between the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series versus
the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals scheduled for tonight at Terre
Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, Indiana has been canceled due
to a heavy afternoon storm paired with persistent rain throughout
the rest of the day.
28, 2017) A hectic 4th of July holiday
week for Paul Crowl Racing started tonight in the 'Outlaw Clay Classic'
at the Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois. The World
of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series tour presided over the $10,000
to win program at the pristine Chicago-area facility. Rick Eckert
laid down the thirteenth quickest lap during the qualifying session
prior to grabbing the fourth transfer spot through his loaded heat
race. "Scrub" was then slated to roll off from the outside
of the fifth row in the 50-lap headliner, but heavy rain and dangerous
lightning unfortunately postponed the event to October 13.
#7 Team Busy This Week
in Home State of Pennsylvania...
24, 2017) Today was a very busy day
at Lernerville Speedway for the #7 team, as a day/night doubleheader
concluded the rainy weekend at the Sarver, Pennsylvania speedplant.
During the $6,000 to win afternoon show, Rick Eckert ran sixth in
his heat race and fourth in his B-Main before utilizing a series
provisional and advancing up to eleventh in the 30-lap prelim. At
night in the $30,000 to win 'Firecracker 100,' Rick placed sixth
in his loaded heat race, second in his B-Main, and fifteenth in
the 100-lap headliner, which went caution-free.
23, 2017) Persistent rain hitting
the area throughout the day has forced Friday’s 'Firecracker
100' program to be cancelled. Thursday’s postponement
and Friday’s cancellation sets the stage for a jam-packed
Saturday at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania featuring
a day/night doubleheader with Thursday’s $6,000 to win preliminary
event in the afternoon and the 100-lap finale - paying $30,000 to
the winner - later tomorrow evening.
22, 2017) Due to heavy afternoon rain
showers on Thursday, the racing surface at Lernerville Speedway
in Sarver, Pennsylvania will not be suitable for competition during
tonight’s first 'Firecracker 100' qualifying event. Despite
all of the efforts from the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model
Series and Lernerville Speedway crews, Thursday’s event will
be postponed to Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. Friday’s $6,000
to win preliminary program for the 'Firecracker 100' is still on
20, 2017) A busy week for the cars
and stars of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series in
the Keystone State of Pennsylvania kicked off tonight with a $10,000
to win program at McKean County Raceway in East Smethport, Pennsylvania.
Rick Eckert posted the tenth fastest time overall during qualifying
prior to advancing up to second in heat race action. The York, Pennsylvania
native then started and finished fourth in the 50-lapper behind
only victor Max Blair, Devin Moran, and Brandon Sheppard!
Eckert Races with Heavy
Heart in Canada; Finishes Fifth at Brighton
19, 2017) The #7 team traveled north
of the border for a pair of $10,000 to win World of Outlaws Craftsman
Late Model Series battles on June 17-18 at Brighton Speedway and
Cornwall Motor Speedway, both of which are located in the province
of Ontario. Rick Eckert, who was racing with a heavy heart after
learning of the unexpected passing of his father Junior, stopped
the clock second fastest during the qualifying session prior to
scoring the victory in heat race action Saturday at Brighton. After
drawing the fifth starting spot and moving up to as high as second
in the 50-lapper, Rick slipped back to fifth and finished behind
only winner Brandon Sheppard, Tyler Erb, Morgan Bagley, and Devin
Moran. Sunday's scheduled tilt at Cornwall Motor Speedway then unfortunately
succumbed to inclement weather. Full results from Saturday evening's
WOOLMS stop to Brighton can be accessed by clicking on www.woolms.com.
$4,000 Win at Williams Grove; Runner-Up at Selinsgrove!
11, 2017) "Scrub" Rick Eckert
earned his fourth feature win of the 2017 racing season on Friday
night, June 9 in Appalachian Mountain Speedweek action at Williams
Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania! Rick ran third in
his heat race prior to blasting to the front of the feature field
from his seventh starting position. The York, Pennsylvania star
then grabbed the point on the eighteenth circuit and led the remainder
of the 40-lapper en route to bagging the $4,000 payday over Jeff
Rine, Jason Covert, Kyle Hardy, and Gary Stuhler! On Saturday evening,
June 10 in a similar $4,000 to win AMS shootout at Selinsgrove Speedway
in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, Rick won his heat race before ultimately
finishing second in the 40-lap headliner behind only victor Jeff
Rine. Full results from both weekend races can be accessed online
Eckert Fifth in WOOLMS
Points Following Tazewell & Senoia
4, 2017) Rick Eckert, of York, Pennsylvania,
headed to the bad-fast Tazewell Speedway in Tazewell, Tennessee
and Senoia Raceway in Senoia, Georgia on June 2-3 for a pair of
World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series duals. On Friday night
in a $10,000 to win show at "The Taz," Rick ran fourth
in heat race action prior to picking off four competitors during
the 50-lapper en route to a sixth place showing behind only winner
Shane Clanton, Jimmy Owens, Ricky Weiss, Chris Madden, and Brandon
Sheppard. At Senoia on Saturday evening, Rick placed sixth in his
loaded heat race and later finished nineteenth in the $10,025 to
win 'Billy Clanton Classic.' The popular driver known as "Scrub"
now sits fifth in the latest version of the WOOLMS point standings
following the doubleheader weekend. Full results from both venues
can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.
Rick Eckert Victorious
in Appalachian Mountain Speedweek Opener!
1, 2017) "Scrub" Rick Eckert
and the Paul Crowl Racing team notched their third victory of the
2017 racing season on Wednesday evening, May 31 in the Appalachian
Mountain Speedweek opener at the legendary Hagerstown Speedway in
Hagerstown, Maryland! Rick swept the night's racing activities by
stopping the clock quickest of the 55 competitors during qualifying,
winning his heat race, and coming out on top of the 40-lap headliner.
The York, Pennsylvania star rolled off third on the feature grid
prior to grabbing the point on the 25th circuit and leading the
remainder of the distance to pocket the $4,000 payday ahead of Mason
Zeigler, Jason Covert, Trever Feathers, and Jeff Rine! Full results
from last night can be accessed online at www.lmspeedweek.com.
Eckert Storms to Fourth
at Atomic; Sits Fourth in WOOLMS Points
29, 2017) With Sunday's World of Outlaws
Craftsman Late Model Series stop at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne,
West Virginia rained-out, Paul Crowl Racing wound up entering a
pair of national touring series events with the Outlaws on May 26-27
in the Buckeye State of Ohio. Rick Eckert ran fourth in his heat
race on Friday night at Atomic Speedway in Alma, Ohio before charging
past eleven competitors during the $10,000 to win feature event
to place fourth in the final finishing order behind only winner
Devin Moran, Steve Casebolt, and Brandon Sheppard. On Saturday evening
in a $12,500 to win show at Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio,
Rick finished third in his heat race and was up inside of the top
five in the headliner before developing a hole in his radiator,
which dropped the York, Pennsylvania star to a nineteenth place
performance. "Scrub" currently sits fourth in the latest
version of the WOOLMS point standings exiting the Buckeye State.
Full results from both weekend races can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.
Rick Eckert Up to Third
in WOOLMS Points Exiting Volunteer State!
15, 2017) Rick Eckert and the Paul
Crowl Racing team followed the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model
Series tour to the Volunteer State of Tennessee on May 13-14 for
a pair of $10,000 to win shootouts. On Saturday evening in the annual
'Mountain Outlaw 50' at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee,
Rick advanced up to third in his loaded heat race prior to grabbing
a solid sixth place effort in the 50-lapper behind only winner Brandon
Overton, Chris Madden, Shane Clanton, Casey Roberts, and Brandon
Sheppard. In the weekend finale on Sunday night at Duck River Raceway
Park in Wheel, Tennessee, Rick placed second in heat race action
and later worked his way up to the third finishing position in the
50-lap main event to land on the podium behind only victor Mike
Marlar and runner-up Brandon Sheppard! "Scrub" now finds
himself third in the heated WOOLMS point standings following Mother's
Day weekend. Full results can be accessed online at www.woolms.com.
Eckert Sixth at Cherokee;
Lands on Podium at Fayetteville!
7, 2017) The World of Outlaws Craftsman
Late Model Series slate of events heated back up over the May 5-6
weekend and took the #7 team to Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South
Carolina and Fayetteville Motor Speedway in Fayetteville, North
Carolina for a pair of $10,000 to win battles. On Friday night at
Cherokee, Rick Eckert grabbed the fourth transfer spot through his
heat race prior to charging up to sixth in the 50-lap main event.
At Fayetteville on Saturday evening, Rick ran second in his heat
race and later moved up to third in the 50-lapper to land on the
podium behind only race winner Brandon Sheppard and runner-up Tyler
Erb. "Scrub" now finds himself fourth in the latest version
of the WOOLMS point standings exiting the doubleheader weekend in
the Carolinas. Full results from both facilities can be accessed
online at www.woolms.com.