Concord, North Carolina (July 18, 2018) – A week after earning his first career General Tire Pole award and finishing second at Elko Speedway, 17-year old Christian Eckes looks to continue his mid-summer momentum entering this week’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Primera Plastics 200 at Berlin Raceway.
Eckes, driver of Venturini Motorsports’ No.15 JBL Audio Toyota Camry, will make his first ever start at the Michigan short track. With 21-career starts to his credit, Saturday night’s 200-lap event will mark the Middletown, NY native’s eighth series appearance of the 2018 campaign.
Already a winner on tour Eckes aims to add to success.
“I’m really excited to get back in the car this weekend at Berlin,” said Eckes. “We’re coming off a strong performance at Elko and feel we have a good shot to keep things going. I’ve never been to Berlin but have spent a lot of time watching film and preparing. Should be a good outing. I’ve got a ton of confidence in our JBL Audio team.”
Notching his first career win earlier in the year at Salem Speedway Eckes has led 146-laps on the season and earned three top-5’s and four top-10’s during limited action.
Leading up to Saturday night’s Primera Plastics 200 Eckes will make a local appearance joining teammate Natalie Decker for a fan meet and greet at the Wyoming, MI Menards store Friday night between 6:00-7:00pm.
The Primera Plastics 200 is the 14th race of 20 on the 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. At just 0.438 miles in length, Berlin Raceway is the second-shortest track on the 2018 ARCA Racing Series schedule.
Next up for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is the Primera Plastics 200 at Berlin Raceway. Practice is scheduled for 2:30 pm ET with General Tire Pole Qualifying to follow at 6:30 pm ET; the race will go green at 9 pm ET and will be televised live on MAVTV. ARCARacing.com will have live timing and scoring, live chat, and live on-track updates for all sessions for registered users.
ABOUT VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS:
Over the last 35-years Venturini Motorsports (VMS) has evolved into one of the most recognizable names in professional motorsports. Known for long-time dominance in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, Venturini Motorsports is held in high regard as one of the premier NASCAR driver development programs in the county. Since 2007, VMS has specialized in the career development of some of today’s top racing talent including current NASCAR “Stars” – Joey Logano, Erik Jones, William Byron, Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, Darryl ‘Bubba’ Wallace Jr., Daniel Suarez, Christopher Bell, Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson, Ben Rhoads, Ryan Reed, Brandon Jones, Matt Tifft, Brennan Poole, Dalton Sargeant, Justin Haley and Todd Gilliland. Integrity, dedication and continuous innovation paired with years of on-track success has helped define Venturini Motorsports as one of the longest tenured teams in all of modern day racing. In 2012, the Venturini racing family was recognized for their collective achievements and inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame – now finding themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Chip Ganassi, Andy Granatelli, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano.