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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 the speedway.

(July 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.

(July 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.

(July 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!

(July 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.

(July 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 effort.

(July 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.

(July 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.

(June 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 place performance.

Busy Week with World of Outlaws in New York & Pennsylvania
(June 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.

(June 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.

(June 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.

(June 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!
(June 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. (WRT Speedwerx Photo)

Rainy Weekend for #7 Team Nets Runner-Up Finish at Georgetown
(June 5, 2016) Paul Crowl Racing had a busy weekend planned from June 2-5, but Mother Nature had other plans and Rick Eckert was only able to compete in one lone event on Thursday night at Georgetown Speedway in Georgetown, Delaware. Rick laid down the quickest lap in Ultimate Super Late Model Series qualifying to earn Fast Time honors and the pole position for the 40-lap headliner. "Scrub" then ran amongst the leaders throughout the $5,000 to win affair and took the lead briefly late in the distance before settling for a strong runner-up effort behind only feature winner Dale Hollidge! Full results from Thursday's show at Georgetown can be found online at www.ultimatesupers.com.

Eckert Spends Memorial Day Weekend at Moler and Tyler County
(May 30, 2016) Rick Eckert and his #7 team headed to the states of Ohio and West Virginia with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series over the hectic Memorial Day holiday weekend to enter a trio of high-profile events from May 27-29. On Friday night at Moler Raceway Park in Williamsburg, Ohio, Rick timed in third quickest in Group B during qualifying and later scored the win in heat race action. After drawing the third starting spot before the drop of the green flag in the 50-lapper, Rick was running in the second spot on lap 40 when a broken rear-end unfortunately relegated him to a disappointing twenty-second place effort in the $10,000 to win affair.

The dirt-slinging competition then quickly turned to Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, West Virginia for the annual running of the 'Jackpot 100.' On Saturday evening, Rick ran third in his loaded heat race prior to moving up to seventh in the $8,000 to win headliner, which was forty laps in length. At Tyler County on Sunday, "Scrub" suffered mechanical woes in his heat race, took a series provisional to gain access into the 60-lap feature, and later moved up to salvage a steady tenth place showing in the $10,000 to win weekend finale. Rick still sits third in the latest version of the WOOLMS point standings following the triple shot of racing action. Full results can be found by clicking on www.woolms.com.

Rick Eckert Earns Top Tens at Ponderosa & Smoky Mountain
(May 8, 2016) Paul Crowl Racing followed the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series trail to Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, Kentucky and Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee over the May 6-7 weekend for a pair of $10,000 to win programs. On Friday night at Ponderosa, Rick Eckert ran third in heat race action prior to winding up tenth in the final rundown of the 50-lap headliner. At Smoky Mountain on Saturday evening, Rick placed second in his heat race before slipping back to ninth in the caution-free 'Mountain Outlaw 50.' The York, Pennsylvania star currently finds himself third in the latest version of the WOOLMS point standings. Full results from both weekend battles can be found online at www.woolms.com.

Eckert Strong in WOOLMS Double Dip in Tarheel State!
(May 1, 2016) Rick Eckert and the #7 team ventured to the Tarheel State on April 29-30 for $10,000 to win World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series showdowns at Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, North Carolina and Fayetteville Motor Speedway in Fayetteville, North Carolina. On Friday night at Gastonia, Rick timed in fifth quickest in Group A during qualifying and later ran third in heat race action. After starting the 50-lap main event from the inside of the fifth row, Rick survived the wild and attrition-filled race to finish in the third position behind only victor Josh Richards and runner-up Chub Frank!

At Fayetteville on Saturday evening, another $10,000 top prize was on the line in the weekend finale. Rick laid down the nineteenth fastest lap in time trials prior to bagging the fifth transfer spot through his loaded heat race. "Scrub" then rolled off from the inside of the seventh row in the 50-lapper and was able to blast past six competitors en route to a solid seventh place performance. Rick now sits tied for third in the latest version of the WOOLMS point standings exiting the Tarheel State. Full results from both weekend battles can be accessed by clicking on www.woolms.com.

Rick Eckert Wins Heat Race; Finishes Fifth at Hagerstown Speedway!
(April 24, 2016) Rick Eckert and Paul Crowl Racing drove through the pit gate at the legendary Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, Maryland on Saturday, April 23 for the annual running of the 'Stanley Schetrompf Founders Day Classic.' The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series rolled into Hagerstown to preside over the $12,000 to win special event. Rick clicked off the second quickest lap in Group A during the qualifying session and later picked up the win in his loaded heat race. After starting the 60-lap headliner from the inside of the second row, "Scrub" hung around the front of the stellar field and eventually garnered a strong fifth place effort behind only winner Gregg Satterlee, Scott Bloomquist, Tim McCreadie, and Jonathan Davenport. Complete results from the "Dirt Capitol" can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.

Pair of Top Fives for Rick Eckert in Spring Thaw Weekend!
(April 17, 2016) The #7 team was in the pit area over the April 15-16 weekend at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tennessee, as the Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals tour sanctioned the annual running of the 'Spring Thaw.' On Friday night in the $4,000 to win weekend opener, Rick Eckert timed in sixth quickest in Group B during the qualifying session prior to running second in heat race action. After rolling off from the outside of the sixth row in the 40-lap main event, Rick was able to scoot past nine competitors en route to a stellar third place podium performance behind only winner Mike Marlar and runner-up Dale McDowell!

At "The Gap" on Saturday evening, a $10,000 top prize was on the line in the finale of the 'Spring Thaw.' Rick laid down the quickest lap overall during time trials and later picked up the win in his loaded heat race. "Scrub" then started the 60-lap headliner from the pole position before slipping back to fourth at the checkers to finish behind only victor Chris Madden, Mike Marlar, and Dale McDowell. Full results from the 'Spring Thaw' weekend can be accessed online at www.southernnationalsseries.com. (Chad Wells Photography)

Eckert Sixth in WOOLMS Stop at Duck River Raceway Park
(April 10, 2016) Rick Eckert and his #7 team followed the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series trail to the Volunteer State of Tennessee on Friday, April 8, as Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, Tennessee played host to a $10,000 to win showdown. Rick qualified ninth fastest in Group A during time trials and later ran third in his loaded heat race. After starting the 50-lap feature from the inside of the fifth row, Rick got rolling late in the middle of the racetrack and drove up to sixth to finish behind only victor Dale McDowell, Darrell Lanigan, Josh Richards, Shane Clanton, and Brian Shirley.

Saturday's scheduled WOOLMS stop at Tazewell (TN) Speedway was then canceled due to inclement weather. "Scrub" currently sits third in the latest version of the national series point standings following the show at Duck River Raceway Park. Full results can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.

Rick Eckert Returns to Action in Illini 100 at Farmer City Raceway
(April 4, 2016) World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series action heated back up for the #7 team on April 2-3 at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois, as the annual running of the 'Illini 100' took place at the 1/4-mile fairgrounds bullring. On Saturday night in the 'Illini 100' opener, Rick Eckert timed in tenth fastest in Group A during the qualifying session and later grabbed the third and final transfer spot through his heat race. After starting the $6,000 to win feature event from the inside of the seventh row, Rick was able to move past a trio of competitors during the 25-lap sprint on his way to a steady tenth place effort.

At Farmer City on Sunday, a whopping $15,000 top prize was on the line in the conclusion of the 'Illini 100' weekend. Rick ran fifth in heat race action, but later won his B-Main to earn a coveted transfer spot into the night's 75-lap headliner. "Scrub" was then able to drive past a couple of cars during the A-Main to close out the weekend with a fifteenth place performance. Rick now finds himself third in the latest version of the WOOLMS point standings. Full results can be obtained online at www.woolms.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

 

 

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