Concord, NC (May 17, 2018) – In his last ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start nearly four weeks ago, Christian Eckes broke through earning his first career victory in a thriller at Salem Speedway.
Eckes hoping to continue his short track success, returns to series action driving his No.15 JBL Audio Toyota on Sunday, May 20 during the Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway.
Sunday’s contest will be Eckes’ second start on Toledo’s half-mile and the 17th overall race during the 17-year old’s three years of racing in the series.
“I’m excited to get back out on the track at Toledo,” says Eckes. “We made it over the hump last time out and got us one. I’m excited. We’ve got a great car lined up for Sunday. I don’t expect any let downs.”
“Toledo is a fast half-mile. It’s really line sensitive. During last week’s test we improved on the car. We should have a good shot.”
In last year’s event Eckes led 15-laps and finished eighth after starting on the outside front row.
After the first four tour events of 2018, Venturini Motorsports’ No.15 Toyota, occupies the tops spot in the ARCA series’ owner point standings.
Running an abbreviated schedule, Eckes comments on the success of his team.
“This fifteen-team led by my crew chief, Kevin Reed, is feeling good and has a lot of confidence right now,” says Eckes, who splits time behind the wheel with teammate Michael Self.
“With my age and the way my schedule is laid out I’m only running thirteen races. Self is running the majority of the others in the No. 15 Camry. I feel both of us take a lot of pride in the overall team success. He’s done a great job. It’s cool because I think his success keeps the pressure on me to do my part.”
As reported last month after his ARCA win, Eckes, a native of Middletown, NY, will join Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and will make his NASCAR debut on June 16 at Iowa Speedway as part of a four race deal.
The Menards 200 will air live on MAVTV beginning at 2 p.m. ET Sunday afternoon. ARCAracing.com will have live timing, scoring and chat for all on-track activities throughout the weekend.
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.