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Eckert Set to Chase World of Outlaws Series Again in 2018!!
(January 12, 2018) York, Pennsylvania ace Rick Eckert posted an early version of his 2018 schedule today online at www.RickEckertRacing.com! The schedule consists of each and every World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series event, as Rick will gun for his second series championship after he finished fifth in the 2017 final point standings. "Scrub," who has been a stalwart on the national tour since its reincarnation in 2004, is scheduled to kick off his '18 campaign during the annual 'Winter Freeze' at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Georgia on February 9-10. The Paul Crowl Racing team will be armed with XR1 Rocket Chassis this year, which will be powered by Cornett Racing Engines. Keep up on the #7 team all year long by pointing your Internet browser to www.RickEckertRacing.com!

Rick Eckert Closes Out 2017 Racing Season in World Finals at Charlotte
(November 5, 2017) Rick Eckert and his #7 team entered their final two races of the 2017 season from November 2-4 in the 11th edition of the 'World Finals' at the pristine Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, North Carolina. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series held their season-ending races at the 4/10-mile speedplant and 75 competitors signed into the pit area to do battle. When things kicked off on Thursday evening with two rounds of qualifying, Rick laid down the twenty-fifth fastest lap in Group B in the first session and the twenty-third quickest time in Group B in the final session.

On Friday night in the first of two $12,000 to win programs, Rick placed sixth in his loaded heat race and third in his B-Main before utilizing a series provisional and finishing twenty-third in the final rundown of the 50-lap headliner. In Saturday's shootout, which also boasted a $12,000 winner's check, "Scrub" wound up fifth in his heat race, second in his B-Main, and twenty-first in the 50-lapper. Rick was officially placed fifth in the final version of the WOOLMS point standings following his season finale. Complete results from the Charlotte-area facility can be obtained by pointing your web browser to www.woolms.com.

Eckert Improves Five Spots En Route to Runner-Up at Joliet!!!
(October 15, 2017) On October 13-14, the #7 team was in the pit area at the pristine Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois, as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series sanctioned the two-day 'Chi-Town Showdown.' In Friday night's $10,000 to win weekend opener, Rick Eckert qualified thirteenth fastest overall during time trials prior to placing third in his loaded heat race. After starting the 50-lap headliner from the inside of the fourth row, Rick stormed towards the front and eventually guided his Longhorn mount to a strong runner-up effort behind only victor Chris Madden. The 'Chi-Town Showdown' finale on Saturday evening, which was scheduled to boast another $10,000 winner's share, was washed out early in the day due to inclement weather and will not be rescheduled. Full results from Joliet can be accessed by pointing your Internet browser to www.woolms.com.

Rick Eckert Gains Five Spots; Leaves Pittsburgh in Tenth Position
(October 8, 2017) Next up for Paul Crowl Racing was a trip to the sprawling Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Motor Speedway in Imperial, Pennsylvania on October 6-7 for the 29th edition of the 'Pittsburgher 100,' which was once again sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. On Friday night during preliminary action, Rick Eckert clicked off the tenth fastest lap in Group A in time trials prior to grabbing the fourth and final transfer spot through his stacked heat race. After starting Saturday's $20,000 to win headliner from the inside of the eighth row, Rick was able to work his way up five spots during the 100-lap affair to leave PPMS with a steady tenth place performance. Complete results from the 'Pittsburgher 100' weekend can be obtained by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.

Eckert Battles WOOLMS Foes in Great Plains Triple Shot...
(September 25, 2017) Paul Crowl Racing ventured west to the Great Plains from September 22-24 for a trio of World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series showdowns in the states of Kansas and Oklahoma. On Friday night in a $10,000 to win program at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, Rick Eckert finished fourth in his stacked heat race prior to advancing up to sixth in the main event. At Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Oklahoma on Saturday evening in a similar $10,000 to win battle, Rick ran second in his heat race and later brought home an impressive third place podium performance in the A-Main behind only victor Brandon Sheppard and runner-up Chase Junghans. In Sunday's tripleheader finale at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas, "Scrub" placed third in his heat race and tenth in the 40-lapper, which boasted an $8,000 paycheck. Full results from the triple shot can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.

Rick Eckert Sees Rain at Lernerville; Suffers Problems at Selinsgrove
(September 4, 2017) Following a rain-out on Saturday evening at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania, the #7 team followed the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series tour to Selinsgrove Speedway in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania on Sunday night, September 3 for the annual running of the 'National Open.' Rick Eckert laid down the second quickest lap overall during the time trial session prior to scoring a victory in heat race action. After drawing the pole position for the $8,000 to win main event, Rick had a strong run going in the 40-lapper until he broke the yoke on the transmission, which caused a myriad of other rear-end problems. "Scrub" was dropped to sixteenth in the final finishing order due to the mechanical woes and currently sits fifth in the latest version of the WOOLMS point standings. Full results from Selinsgrove can be accessed online at www.woolms.com.

Eckert Finishes Seventh and Fourth in Great Lakes Shootout
(August 28, 2017) Rick Eckert and his #7 team spent the August 26-27 weekend at Merritt Speedway in Lake City, Michigan, as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series presided over the 'Great Lakes Shootout,' which kicked off on Saturday evening with a $6,000 to win program. Rick ran second in his heat race prior to slipping back to seventh in the final rundown of the 30-lap main event. In Sunday's $15,000 to win 'Great Lakes Shootout' finale, Rick placed third in heat race action, but later steered his Longhorn mount past a trio of competitors during the caution-free 75-lap headliner. "Scrub" crossed underneath the checkers fourth behind only victor Chris Madden, Shane Clanton, and Brandon Sheppard in the high-paying Wolverine State showdown. Complete results from Merritt can be located by clicking on www.woolms.com.

Rick Eckert Posts Strong Finishes in WoO Triple Shot in DE & PA
(August 21, 2017) The #7 team entered a trio of $10,000 to win World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series shootouts at Georgetown Speedway in Georgetown, Delaware, Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pennsylvania, and Eriez Speedway in Hammett, Pennsylvania from August 17-20. Rick Eckert won his heat race on Thursday night at Georgetown prior to winding up fourth in the 40-lap feature behind only winner Devin Moran, Austin Hubbard, and Brandon Sheppard. At Port Royal on Saturday, Rick placed third in his heat race before blitzing up to fourth in the 40-lapper to trail only victor Brandon Sheppard, Jason Covert, and Chris Madden at the checkered flag. In the weekend finale on Sunday evening at Eriez, "Scrub" ran third in his heat race once again and later moved past three competitors during the 50-lap headliner en route to a solid sixth place showing. Full results from all three weekend battles can be accessed online at www.woolms.com.

Eckert Inducted in NDLMHOF; Enters North/South 100 at Florence
(August 13, 2017) Paul Crowl Racing spent the August 10-12 weekend at Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky, as they entered the 35th edition of the 'North/South 100,' which was once again sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. The three-day crown jewel spectacular kicked off at the undersized 1/2-mile oval on Thursday night with the 'North/South Shootout,' which paid $10,000 to the winner. Rick Eckert, who was also inducted into the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame over the weekend, qualified third fastest in Group B during time trials prior to scoring an impressive win in his heat race. After starting sixth on the grid in the 50-lap main event, Rick unfortunately slipped back a few spots during the caution-free race and eventually crossed underneath the checkers in the fourteenth position.

On Friday night, the 'North/South 100' officially got underway with a double set of qualifying heat races at the Cincinnati-area facility. Rick placed ninth in his first heat race of the evening, while he finished fifth in his final prelim. Starting midpack in Saturday's consolation event, "Scrub" opted to scratch from the remainder of the show; therefore, he was not able to transfer into the $50,000 to win headliner that was ultimately won by Tim McCreadie. Complete results from the extended weekend at Florence Speedway can be accessed by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.

Outlaws Take Paul Crowl Racing Through Illinois & Wisconsin...
(August 5, 2017) The 30th edition of the 'USA Nationals' concluded tonight at the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin and each driver had their sights firmly set on capturing the whopping $50,000 windfall. Rick Eckert laid down the fourth quickest time in Group B during the time trial session last night before running seventh in his heat race. After finishing fourth in his B-Main and second in the Last Chance Qualifier tonight, Rick rolled off in the 100-lap 'USA Nationals' from the outside of the twelfth row. "Scrub" wound up completing only 35 circuits in the extra-distance affair and was officially listed twenty-seventh in the final rundown.

(August 4, 2017) The 'USA Nationals' finally kicked off tonight at Cedar Lake Speedway and a $6,000 payday was on the line in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series show at the New Richmond, Wisconsin facility. Rick Eckert placed sixth in his heat race and seventh in his B-Main, but was awarded a series provisional to start twenty-third on the grid in the 30-lap prelim. Despite slowing on lap 28, Rick was still able to move up to record a thirteenth place showing tonight at CLS.

(August 3, 2017) Tonight's $6,000 to win 'USA Nationals' preliminary event at the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin has been rained-out and rescheduled for tomorrow evening. Also on tap tomorrow at CLS with the entire rain-postponed prelim program will be the regularly scheduled time trial session and heat races for Saturday's 'USA Nationals' headliner, which once again boasts a gigantic $50,000 winner's check.

(August 2, 2017) The #7 team made the overnight haul to Shawano Speedway in Shawano, Wisconsin tonight for the annual running of the 'Sun Drop Shootout,' which was sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series. The $10,000 to win event marked the eighth straight year that the national tour has hosted an event at the sprawling 1/2-mile speedplant. Rick Eckert qualified fourteenth fastest overall during time trials, but advanced up to second in his stacked heat race. After rolling off from the pole position in the 50-lap finale, "Scrub" took the lead at the drop of the green flag and dominated the entire distance en route to capturing the five-figure payday over Chris Madden, Don O'Neal, Shane Clanton, and Mike Marlar! (Shawn Fredenberg Photo)

(August 1, 2017) The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series made their first-ever stop to Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway in Oshkosh, Wisconsin tonight and Paul Crowl Racing was in the pit area to vie for the $10,000 top prize. Rick Eckert laid down the fourth fastest lap in Group A during qualifying before running second in heat race action. After drawing the sixth starting spot before the drop of green flag in the 50-lapper, Rick was a fixture inside of the top ten and ultimately wound up ninth in the final finishing order of the caution-free affair.

(July 29, 2017) Rick Eckert rolled into Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois for this weekend's 28th Annual 'Prairie Dirt Classic,' which was once again sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series and boasted a lucrative $30,000 payday. Last night in preliminary competition, Rick timed in eighth fastest in Group B during qualifying before placing fifth in his $2,500 to win prelim feature behind only winner Mike Marlar, Tim McCreadie, Jimmy Owens, and Chris Ferguson. After picking up the triumph in his B-Main earlier tonight, "Scrub" wound up finishing fifteenth in the 100-lap PDC.

(July 26, 2017) Next up on the schedule for the #7 team was a visit to Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown, Illinois tonight for an $8,000 to win World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series mid-week throwdown. Rick Eckert tripped the clock eighth fastest overall during the qualifying session prior to placing second in his loaded heat race. After starting the 40-lap affair from the outside of the second row, Rick ran towards the front throughout the distance before crossing underneath the checkers third behind only victor Brandon Sheppard and runner-up Chris Madden!

 

 

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