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Eckert Releases 2019 Schedule Ahead of Friday's Season Opener!
(March 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!!!

Change of Pace Greets Rick Eckert for the 2019 Racing Season
(January 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 Lawson Photo)

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. | full press release

Eckert Closes Out 2018 WOOLMS Season at Charlotte; Fifth in Points
(November 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
(September 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
(September 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
(August 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 showing.

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
(August 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 place effort.

(August 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.

(August 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.

(August 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 Madden!

Busy World of Outlaws Week for #7 Team in Wisconsin & Iowa
(August 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.

(August 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 spot.

(August 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.

(August 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 CLS.

(July 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 position.

(July 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
(July 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.

 

 

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