Releases 2019 Schedule Ahead of Friday's Season Opener!
18, 2019) Rick Eckert, who announced
in late January that he would be piloting a self-owned car in 2019,
has been working feverishly in the race shop recently to prepare
for this weekend's season-opening tripleheader. Rick Eckert Racing
plans to lift the lid to their '19 campaign from March 22-24 in
a trio of $3,000 to win ULMS shows at Williams Grove Speedway in
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal,
Pennsylvania. In addition to those dates, Rick has also unveiled
a tentative schedule for the entire 2019 season, which you can view
on the SCHEDULE page
of the website.
Marketing partners on the new look #0 car this year
include Drydene Performance Products, PPC Lubricants, S.L. Shenberger
Dump Truck Service, Suburban Bowlerama, Firehouse Subs, M&M
Painting & Construction, Eckert Trucking, and All About Wraps.
Be on the look-out for a newly refurbished website for Rick Eckert
Racing very soon, which will reflect his team, number, and sponsor
changes for this year!!!
Pace Greets Rick Eckert for the 2019 Racing Season
31, 2019) Rick Eckert is usually putting
the finishing touches on his immaculate racecars this time of year
in preparation to head south to Georgia and Florida to take part
in "Speedweeks." Unfortunately, that will not be the case
for the Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer in 2019, as he officially
announced today that he will not be following the World of Outlaws
Morton Buildings Late Model Series tour on a full-time basis this
year. After car owner Paul Crowl sold most of the equipment following
last year's season finale at the Dirt Track at Charlotte and revealed
that he would not return as team owner, Rick set out this off-season
to secure either a high-profile ride or enough funding to operate
his own race team on a national level. (Heath
Several options popped up and disappeared through the winter months,
but nothing has materialized that will allow Rick to be a regular
on the WOOLMS tour, of which he has been a part of and has not missed
a race since its reincarnation in 2004. The York, Pennsylvania ace
will be racing in 2019; however, as he plans to operate Rick Eckert
Racing at a mostly regional level. Rick is currently seeking primary
and associate marketing partners for his self-owned ride, which
will either be #0 or #24 - harkening back to old car numbers that
he has raced in the past. Anyone interested in supporting the newly-formed
team can email Rick directly at Rae024@aol.com.
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Eckert Closes Out 2018
WOOLMS Season at Charlotte; Fifth in Points
4, 2018) The World of Outlaws Craftsman
Late Model Series wrapped up their 2018 season at the pristine Dirt
Track at Charlotte in Concord, North Carolina from November 1-3
in the 12th annual running of the 'World of Outlaws World Finals'
presented by Can-Am. A pair of $12,000 to win contests were held
in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the Charlotte-area speedplant.
During the two rounds of time trials, Rick Eckert knocked down the
fifth quickest lap in Group B for Friday's show, while he stopped
the clock eleventh fastest in Group B for Saturday's program.
On Friday night, Rick finished eleventh in his heat
race - after running over something on the racetrack in a transfer
position - and twelfth in his B-Main. After utilizing a series provisional
to start twenty-fifth on the feature grid, Rick climbed past six
competitors to wind up nineteenth in the final rundown of the 50-lapper.
In the 'World Finals' finale on Saturday evening, Rick grabbed the
third and final transfer spot through his stacked heat race before
placing eighteenth in the 50-lap headliner. "Scrub" was
officially etched into fifth in the final version of the WOOLMS
point standings following the long racing season. Complete results
from the season-ending 'World Finals' weekend can be obtained online
by clicking on www.woolms.com.
Rick Eckert Posts Pair
of Top Tens in Outlaw Invasion
30, 2018) Rick Eckert and the Paul
Crowl Racing team traveled to Atomic Speedway in Alma, Ohio on September
28-29 for the 'Outlaw Invasion' weekend, which featured two separate
World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series programs. In Friday
night's $8,000 to win opener, Rick ran third in heat race action
prior to advancing past three competitors during the 40-lap feature
to nab a seventh place performance. At Atomic on Saturday evening
in the $10,000 to win weekend finale, Rick grabbed the fourth and
final transfer spot through his heat race and later blasted past
six cars during the 50-lapper en route to a steady tenth place effort.
"Scrub" currently sits fifth in the latest WOOLMS point
standings exiting the Buckeye State of Ohio. Complete results from
the doubleheader weekend can be accessed online at www.woolms.com.
Eckert Back in WOOLMS
Action in Pennsylvania & New York
24, 2018) The #7 team was back in
competition with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series
from September 21-23 at both Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, New York
and Selinsgrove Speedway in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. In a $10,000
to win show at Outlaw, which started on Friday and culminated on
Sunday due to inclement weather, Rick Eckert timed in second fastest
overall during qualifying, finished fifth in his stacked heat race,
and later advanced up to eighth in the rain-postponed 50-lap main
event. At Selinsgrove in the $10,000 to win 'National Open' on Saturday
evening, Rick placed second in his heat race prior to moving past
three competitors during the 50-lapper en route to a strong fourth
place effort behind only victor Chris Madden, Devin Moran, and Mike
Marlar! Complete results from the doubleheader weekend can be viewed
by clicking on www.woolms.com.
Rick Eckert Enters Inaugural
Dirt Million at Mansfield
26, 2018) The Paul Crowl Racing team
made their way to the pristine Mansfield Motor Speedway in Mansfield,
Ohio on August 24-25 to compete in the inaugural running of the
highly-publicized 'Dirt Million.' The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt
Series sanctioned the two-day spectacular, which kicked off on Friday
night with a pair of $10,000 to win 'Dirt Million' duels. Rick Eckert
placed third in heat race action and later started his 30-lap duel
from the outside of the sixth row. Unfortunately, a late flat tire
in the contest dropped "Scrub" to an eighteenth place
A huge standing-room-only crowd was then on hand to
witness the largest paying Super Late Model show of 2018 on Saturday,
as a whopping nearly $203,000 winner's check was up for grabs. Rick
advanced up to second in his stacked heat race and later finished
third in his B-Main. Unfortunately, in each instance, that was one
mere spot away from a coveted transfer position into the 100-lap
'Dirt Million' that was eventually won by Earl Pearson, Jr. Full
results from the lucrative 'Dirt Million' weekend can be obtained
by visiting www.lucasdirt.com.
World of Outlaws Heats
Back Up with Four Race East Coast Swing
19, 2018) The extended World of Outlaws
Craftsman Late Model Series weekend wrapped up tonight at Eriez
Speedway in Hammett, Pennsylvania and yet another $10,000 payday
was on the line. Rick Eckert stopped the clock sixth quickest in
Group A during time trials prior to grabbing the third transfer
spot through his heat race. In the 50-lap headliner, Rick was able
to move past a couple of competitors on his way to a steady ninth
18, 2018) Another rainy night greeted
the cars and stars of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model
Series tonight at Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pennsylvania,
but the $10,000 to win show was able to soldier on to an early morning
finish. Rick Eckert laid down the fifth fastest time in Group B
during qualifying and later placed second in heat race action. "Scrub"
then rolled off from the inside of the fourth row, but a broken
driveshaft early in the 40-lap feature distance dropped the York,
Pennsylvania native to a disappointing nineteenth place showing.
17, 2018) Mother Nature was not invited,
but joined up again with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model
Series for the second event of a four-day stretch of races throughout
the eastern United States. Afternoon thunderstorms settled over
Williams Grove Speedway and tonight's $10,000 to win contest at
the historic Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania oval has been cancelled.
16, 2018) The first event of a four-race
World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series swing through the states
of Delaware and Pennsylvania took place earlier tonight at Georgetown
Speedway in Georgetown, Delaware. Rick Eckert knocked down the fourth
quickest time overall during the qualifying session before claiming
a heat race victory. After drawing the pole position and with passing
at a premium throughout the 40-lap feature event, Rick lost the
drag race at the drop of the green flag and was forced to settle
for a strong runner-up performance behind only $10,000 victor Chris
Busy World of Outlaws
Week for #7 Team in Wisconsin & Iowa
6, 2018) Heavy rain forced the cancellation
of tonight's World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series special
at Farley Speedway in Farley, Iowa. The $10,000 to win 'Farley 50'
will not be rescheduled.
4, 2018) Things wrapped up in the
Badger State tonight in the finale of the 'USA Nationals' at the
renowned Cedar Lake Speedway, as the whopping $50,000 winner's check
had the attention of everyone at the New Richmond, Wisconsin facility.
Rick Eckert ran fourth in his consolation race and later received
a World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series provisional to gain
access into the 100-lap crown jewel main event. Rick then moved
forward and was heading towards a top ten effort when he unfortunately
overheated and retired after only 80 circuits in the nineteenth
3, 2018) Preliminary action for the
31st Annual 'USA Nationals' took place earlier this evening at Cedar
Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin. For the first time in
the crown jewel event's storied history, a double set of heat races
with combined passing points were held to set the lineups for Saturday's
$50,000 to win extravaganza. Rick Eckert finished fifth in his first
heat race of the night, while he placed sixth in his final prelim.
By virtue of accumulating the 29th most passing points, Rick will
be in one of the consolation events tomorrow evening.
2, 2018) The 31st edition of the 'USA
Nationals' got underway tonight at the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway
in New Richmond, Wisconsin. A stout 45 car field made their way
to the track located near the Minnesota/Wisconsin border for the
$6,000 to win preliminary event. Rick Eckert stopped the clock eighth
quickest in Group A during the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model
Series qualifying session and later grabbed the fourth and final
transfer spot through his loaded heat race. Rick then started fifteenth
on the grid in the 40-lap feature, but unfortunately brought out
the caution flag on the 23rd circuit. "Scrub" wound up
salvaging a twelfth place effort tonight in the weekend opener at
31, 2018) Another $10,000 top prize
was on the line tonight with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late
Model Series at the sprawling Shawano Speedway in Shawano, Wisconsin.
In the annual 'Sun Drop Shootout,' Rick Eckert knocked down the
fifth quickest lap in time trials prior to running second in heat
race action. After rolling off from the outside of the third row
in the 50-lap headliner, Rick survived an early skirmish with A.J.
Diemel and eventually brought his #7 machine home in the ninth finishing
30, 2018) A very short turnaround
greeted the #7 team following the big PDC weekend, as they were
in the pit area tonight at Plymouth Dirt Track in Plymouth, Wisconsin.
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series presided over the
action at Plymouth and a strong 36 car field was on hand to gun
for the $10,000 windfall. Rick Eckert timed in tenth fastest in
Group A during qualifying before grabbing the fourth and final transfer
spot through his heat race. After starting the 50-lap main event
from the inside of the eighth row, Rick steered past eight competitors
during the contest to garner a seventh place effort.
Rick Eckert Third in
PDC Qualifier; Breaks Fan Blade in $30k Feature
29, 2018) Rick Eckert found his way
to Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois on July
27-28 for the 29th edition of the 'Prairie Dirt Classic.' On Friday
night during preliminary action, Rick laid down the eleventh quickest
lap in Group B during World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series
time trials prior to advancing up to third in his $2,500 to win
qualifying feature to finish on the podium behind only prelim winner
Devin Moran and Ryan Unzicker. After rolling off from the inside
of the sixth row in Saturday's $30,000 to win 'Prairie Dirt Classic,'
Rick's run in the 100-lapper came to a halt after 58 circuits due
to a broken fan blade. The York, Pennsylvania ace was relegated
to a disappointing twenty-sixth place performance in the PDC and
now sits sixth in the latest WOOLMS point standings. Full results
from FALS can be accessed online at www.woolms.com.