Concord, North Carolina (June 14, 2016) – Fifteen year-old Christian Eckes will make his second career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start this weekend in the Montgomery Ward Father’s Day 200 at Madison International Speedway on Sunday, June 19.
In his series debut earlier this season with Venturini Motorsports, Eckes turned in an impressive outing scoring an eighth place finish at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.
Eckes, a New York native, will make his second of four series starts driving the No.15 New York Bus Sales Toyota Camry at Madison’s half mile track. Eckes will also compete with Venturini Motorsports in July at Iowa Speedway and Lucas Oil Raceway.
Unnerved by his rookie status, Eckes confident in team and personal ability to turn-in strong showing at Madison. “I’m feeling a lot more confident going into this race than my series debut, I definitely won’t have the first race jitters,” said Eckes. “There are so many unknowns when you enter a new series with a new team and new type of car. I learned a lot at Nashville and will bring all that with me when I return to the track this weekend. The Venturini Motorsports team has a great track record, not just in the series but at Madison too – I’m liking our chances.”
Saturday’s ARCA practice session will mark the first time Eckes has been on track at Madison. Like every good student, he’s preparing for his test.
“Anytime you go to a new race track you need to do your homework,” added Eckes. “In this case I’ve watched a lot of film of previous Madison races. I’ve probably watched the 2013 race three or four time already. Benjamin (Kyle) won that race with the Venturini’s. I think I’ve picked up a few things watching that race. I’m definitely excited to get there and see what we can do.”
Montgomery Ward Father’s Day Weekend Schedule
Practice for the ARCA Racing Series at Madison is scheduled for Saturday, June 18 from 12:30-1:15 p.m., followed by final practice from 1:45-2:30 p.m. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell is at 4:00 p.m. All times central. Race day Sunday gets started with an on-track autograph session from Noon – 1 p.m., followed by pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions at 1:30 p.m. The 200-lap Montgomery Ward Father’s Day 200 at Madison begins at 2:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon, June 19. The race will also feature live timing and scoring and live chat at ARCAracing.com.
Madison’s ARCA race to be broadcast Live on American Sports Network
The Montgomery Ward Father’s Day 200 will be broadcast live on the American Sports Network (ASN). Race fans can also see the live broadcast at AmericanSportsNet.com. Coverage on ASN at Madison begins at 2:00 p.m. local Central time.
ABOUT VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS:
Venturini Motorsports (VMS), fielding cars for over 30-years in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, is one of the premier NASCAR driver development programs in the country. Multiple team championships and consistent on-track success, VMS has evolved into one of the most recognizable names in motorsports. Since 2007, VMS has assisted in the career development of notable NASCAR drivers such as Joey Logano, Justin Allgaier, Brian Scott, Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, Brennan Poole, John Wes Townley, and Brandon Jones. Over the years the Venturini name has become synonymous with modern-day racing in America. In 2012, the Venturini family was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame and now find themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano.