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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!

Wild West Tour Nightly Results for #7 Team...
(July 14, 2017) The four-race Wild West Tour wrapped up tonight for the cars and stars racing with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series with the 'Acme Tools 50' at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Afternoon rain showers prior to the $10,000 to win special made for a wicked fast racing surface. Rick Eckert laid down the seventh fastest lap in Group B during qualifying and later grabbed the fourth and final transfer spot through his heat race. Unfortunately, Rick suffered mechanical woes before the drop of the green flag in the 50-lapper and was relegated to a disappointing twenty-fourth place showing. The York, Pennsylvania standout currently sits sixth in the latest WOOLMS point standings exiting the Wild West Tour.

(July 13, 2017) The penultimate event of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series-sanctioned Wild West Tour took the #7 team to Hibbing Raceway in Hibbing, Minnesota tonight for another $8,000 to win duel. Rick Eckert set a New Track Record during qualifying on the lightning-fast racing surface before placing second in heat race action. After drawing the fifth starting spot prior to the 40-lap main event, Rick slipped back a couple of positions and eventually left Hibbing with a steady seventh place performance.

(July 12, 2017) Next up on the Wild West Tour with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series was a visit tonight to Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minnesota for an $8,000 to win shootout. Rick Eckert posted the ninth fastest lap in time trials prior to placing second in his stacked heat race. "Scrub" then drew the fifth starting spot before the drop of the green flag in the 40-lapper and moved up to fourth to finish behind only victor Chris Madden, Brandon Sheppard, and Chad Simpson!

(July 8, 2017) The Wild West Tour kicked off for Paul Crowl Racing tonight in the 38th edition of the 'Gopher 50' at the pristine Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series special drew 36 competitors to the 3/8-mile oval - all of whom were vying for the $10,000 winner's check. Rick Eckert tripped the clock eighth quickest in Group B during qualifying and later ran second in his loaded heat race. After drawing the outside of the front row for the start of the prestigious 50-lap race, Rick ran the majority of the distance inside of the top ten before slowing late to draw a caution flag. "Scrub" eventually wound up twentieth in the final finishing order tonight at Deer Creek.

Hectic Fourth of July Holiday Week for Paul Crowl Racing...
(July 1, 2017) Another $10,000 winner's check was up for grabs in another World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series and UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals clash tonight at Federated Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri. Rick Eckert timed in second quickest in Group A during the qualifying session prior to posting a heat race triumph. After starting from the pole position in the 50-lapper, Rick eventually nabbed an impressive third place podium showing behind only race winner Brandon Sheppard and runner-up Eric Wells!

(June 30, 2017) The $10,000 to win showdown between the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series versus the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals scheduled for tonight at Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, Indiana has been canceled due to a heavy afternoon storm paired with persistent rain throughout the rest of the day.

(June 28, 2017) A hectic 4th of July holiday week for Paul Crowl Racing started tonight in the 'Outlaw Clay Classic' at the Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series tour presided over the $10,000 to win program at the pristine Chicago-area facility. Rick Eckert laid down the thirteenth quickest lap during the qualifying session prior to grabbing the fourth transfer spot through his loaded heat race. "Scrub" was then slated to roll off from the outside of the fifth row in the 50-lap headliner, but heavy rain and dangerous lightning unfortunately postponed the event to October 13.

#7 Team Busy This Week in Home State of Pennsylvania...
(June 24, 2017) Today was a very busy day at Lernerville Speedway for the #7 team, as a day/night doubleheader concluded the rainy weekend at the Sarver, Pennsylvania speedplant. During the $6,000 to win afternoon show, Rick Eckert ran sixth in his heat race and fourth in his B-Main before utilizing a series provisional and advancing up to eleventh in the 30-lap prelim. At night in the $30,000 to win 'Firecracker 100,' Rick placed sixth in his loaded heat race, second in his B-Main, and fifteenth in the 100-lap headliner, which went caution-free.

(June 23, 2017) Persistent rain hitting the area throughout the day has forced Friday’s 'Firecracker 100' program to be cancelled. Thursday’s postponement and Friday’s cancellation sets the stage for a jam-packed Saturday at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania featuring a day/night doubleheader with Thursday’s $6,000 to win preliminary event in the afternoon and the 100-lap finale - paying $30,000 to the winner - later tomorrow evening.

(June 22, 2017) Due to heavy afternoon rain showers on Thursday, the racing surface at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania will not be suitable for competition during tonight’s first 'Firecracker 100' qualifying event. Despite all of the efforts from the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series and Lernerville Speedway crews, Thursday’s event will be postponed to Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. Friday’s $6,000 to win preliminary program for the 'Firecracker 100' is still on as scheduled.

(June 20, 2017) A busy week for the cars and stars of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series in the Keystone State of Pennsylvania kicked off tonight with a $10,000 to win program at McKean County Raceway in East Smethport, Pennsylvania. Rick Eckert posted the tenth fastest time overall during qualifying prior to advancing up to second in heat race action. The York, Pennsylvania native then started and finished fourth in the 50-lapper behind only victor Max Blair, Devin Moran, and Brandon Sheppard!

Eckert Races with Heavy Heart in Canada; Finishes Fifth at Brighton
(June 19, 2017) The #7 team traveled north of the border for a pair of $10,000 to win World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series battles on June 17-18 at Brighton Speedway and Cornwall Motor Speedway, both of which are located in the province of Ontario. Rick Eckert, who was racing with a heavy heart after learning of the unexpected passing of his father Junior, stopped the clock second fastest during the qualifying session prior to scoring the victory in heat race action Saturday at Brighton. After drawing the fifth starting spot and moving up to as high as second in the 50-lapper, Rick slipped back to fifth and finished behind only winner Brandon Sheppard, Tyler Erb, Morgan Bagley, and Devin Moran. Sunday's scheduled tilt at Cornwall Motor Speedway then unfortunately succumbed to inclement weather. Full results from Saturday evening's WOOLMS stop to Brighton can be accessed by clicking on www.woolms.com.

"Scrub" Earns $4,000 Win at Williams Grove; Runner-Up at Selinsgrove!
(June 11, 2017) "Scrub" Rick Eckert earned his fourth feature win of the 2017 racing season on Friday night, June 9 in Appalachian Mountain Speedweek action at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania! Rick ran third in his heat race prior to blasting to the front of the feature field from his seventh starting position. The York, Pennsylvania star then grabbed the point on the eighteenth circuit and led the remainder of the 40-lapper en route to bagging the $4,000 payday over Jeff Rine, Jason Covert, Kyle Hardy, and Gary Stuhler! On Saturday evening, June 10 in a similar $4,000 to win AMS shootout at Selinsgrove Speedway in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, Rick won his heat race before ultimately finishing second in the 40-lap headliner behind only victor Jeff Rine. Full results from both weekend races can be accessed online at www.lmspeedweek.com. (Jason Walls Photo)

Eckert Fifth in WOOLMS Points Following Tazewell & Senoia
(June 4, 2017) Rick Eckert, of York, Pennsylvania, headed to the bad-fast Tazewell Speedway in Tazewell, Tennessee and Senoia Raceway in Senoia, Georgia on June 2-3 for a pair of World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series duals. On Friday night in a $10,000 to win show at "The Taz," Rick ran fourth in heat race action prior to picking off four competitors during the 50-lapper en route to a sixth place showing behind only winner Shane Clanton, Jimmy Owens, Ricky Weiss, Chris Madden, and Brandon Sheppard. At Senoia on Saturday evening, Rick placed sixth in his loaded heat race and later finished nineteenth in the $10,025 to win 'Billy Clanton Classic.' The popular driver known as "Scrub" now sits fifth in the latest version of the WOOLMS point standings following the doubleheader weekend. Full results from both venues can be viewed online at www.woolms.com. (Chad Wells Photography)

Rick Eckert Victorious in Appalachian Mountain Speedweek Opener!
(June 1, 2017) "Scrub" Rick Eckert and the Paul Crowl Racing team notched their third victory of the 2017 racing season on Wednesday evening, May 31 in the Appalachian Mountain Speedweek opener at the legendary Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, Maryland! Rick swept the night's racing activities by stopping the clock quickest of the 55 competitors during qualifying, winning his heat race, and coming out on top of the 40-lap headliner. The York, Pennsylvania star rolled off third on the feature grid prior to grabbing the point on the 25th circuit and leading the remainder of the distance to pocket the $4,000 payday ahead of Mason Zeigler, Jason Covert, Trever Feathers, and Jeff Rine! Full results from last night can be accessed online at www.lmspeedweek.com. (Paul Wilson Photo)

Eckert Storms to Fourth at Atomic; Sits Fourth in WOOLMS Points
(May 29, 2017) With Sunday's World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series stop at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, West Virginia rained-out, Paul Crowl Racing wound up entering a pair of national touring series events with the Outlaws on May 26-27 in the Buckeye State of Ohio. Rick Eckert ran fourth in his heat race on Friday night at Atomic Speedway in Alma, Ohio before charging past eleven competitors during the $10,000 to win feature event to place fourth in the final finishing order behind only winner Devin Moran, Steve Casebolt, and Brandon Sheppard. On Saturday evening in a $12,500 to win show at Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio, Rick finished third in his heat race and was up inside of the top five in the headliner before developing a hole in his radiator, which dropped the York, Pennsylvania star to a nineteenth place performance. "Scrub" currently sits fourth in the latest version of the WOOLMS point standings exiting the Buckeye State. Full results from both weekend races can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.

Rick Eckert Up to Third in WOOLMS Points Exiting Volunteer State!
(May 15, 2017) Rick Eckert and the Paul Crowl Racing team followed the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series tour to the Volunteer State of Tennessee on May 13-14 for a pair of $10,000 to win shootouts. On Saturday evening in the annual 'Mountain Outlaw 50' at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee, Rick advanced up to third in his loaded heat race prior to grabbing a solid sixth place effort in the 50-lapper behind only winner Brandon Overton, Chris Madden, Shane Clanton, Casey Roberts, and Brandon Sheppard. In the weekend finale on Sunday night at Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, Tennessee, Rick placed second in heat race action and later worked his way up to the third finishing position in the 50-lap main event to land on the podium behind only victor Mike Marlar and runner-up Brandon Sheppard! "Scrub" now finds himself third in the heated WOOLMS point standings following Mother's Day weekend. Full results can be accessed online at www.woolms.com. (Chad Wells Photography)

Eckert Sixth at Cherokee; Lands on Podium at Fayetteville!
(May 7, 2017) The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series slate of events heated back up over the May 5-6 weekend and took the #7 team to Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina and Fayetteville Motor Speedway in Fayetteville, North Carolina for a pair of $10,000 to win battles. On Friday night at Cherokee, Rick Eckert grabbed the fourth transfer spot through his heat race prior to charging up to sixth in the 50-lap main event. At Fayetteville on Saturday evening, Rick ran second in his heat race and later moved up to third in the 50-lapper to land on the podium behind only race winner Brandon Sheppard and runner-up Tyler Erb. "Scrub" now finds himself fourth in the latest version of the WOOLMS point standings exiting the doubleheader weekend in the Carolinas. Full results from both facilities can be accessed online at www.woolms.com.

 

 

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