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.
Rainy Weekend for #7
Team Nets Runner-Up Finish at Georgetown
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
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
Rick Eckert Earns Top
Tens at Ponderosa & Smoky Mountain
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!
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!
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!
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
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.
Eckert Sixth in WOOLMS
Stop at Duck River Raceway Park
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
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)