Christian Eckes Lands the pole at Caraway Speedway

Christian Eckes Finished 3rd Caraway Speedway
Christian Eckes
Finished 3rd
Caraway Speedway


SOPHIA, NC :: 13-year-old Christian Eckes made his debut in his first-ever NASCAR late model stock car race Halloween weekend in Friday night’s Southeast Limited Late Model (SELLM) Challenger event at Caraway Speedway.

Eckes landed the pole position in the 50 lap Challenger Race Quite an accomplishment for young man in his first-ever NASCAR Late model stock race event. Eckes continued through the race on the lead lap with a 2nd place finish. Eckes remained focus throughout the race with the direction and guidance of his Crew Chief, Mike ‘Grumpy’ Cheek.

Eckes also raced that same weekend in the Sunday’s Pro-Stock race event where Eckes qualified 11th, and completed the 100 lap race in the 7th position.

Eckes is a resident of New York and has won many Legendstock series races as well as Bandolero races in his short racing career.

“Christian has a very promising future in racing and I am stoked that Christian and his dad George Eckes have put their faith and trust in me as well as the whole team here at ERG to help advance Christian’s racing career to the next level.” said Grumpy.

To date, Eckes has scored a pole, one 2nd place finish, and one 7th place finish in the SELLM events, both at Caraway, (N.C.) Speedway. Not a bad start for the 13-year-old.

Eckes joined Empire Racing Group at the end of the 2014 race season after completing his Legendstock racing in Las Vegas where he finished 3rd in the National Race of Champions and 2nd in the Inex Legend Nationals.

Next race for SELLM will be at Myrtle Beach Speedway to be held on Sunday, November 16th.

Race Results for Caraway SELLM Series Event

  1. #7 Bradley McCaskill 2. #56 Buddy Allfred 3. #16 Mack Little III 4. #7w Dylan Ward 5. #14 Brandon Cox 6. #50 Boo Boo Dalton  7. #2 Christian Eckes 8. #51 Ryan Shattuck 9. #00 Josh Lowder 10. #54 Scott Hall 11. #21 Jimmy Wallace 12. #51c Chris Chapman 13. #61 Justin Hicks 14. #23 Danny Willis 15. #22 Jason Tutterow


Erickson finishes 23rd in his NCWTS debut at Martinsville Speedway with Empire Racing Group

10685453_10152777124526280_5382907503381202297_n(Mooresville, NC – Oct., 28th, 2014) – Empire Racing very happy with the results of the NCWTS Racing Event at Martinsville Speedway and very pleased with Rookie Driver Cody Erickson.

“I am definitely pleased with the results of Saturday’s race and to have our day end with a clean race and finish.” Mike ‘Grumpy’ Cheek said. “I am so very proud of our team and Cody for all the hard work this weekend.”

During the 200 lap Kroger 200 event, Erickson, with the guidance of Crew Chief, Mike ‘Grumpy’ Cheek, and Spotter Rick Coleman, kept Erickson focused throughout the race to finish in the 23rd position.

“Cody did a great job for his first-time ever racing an asphalt track in the NCWTS.” Owner Sean Corr said. The team more than exceeded my goals and performance in the No. 82 ERG Ford.



Empire Racing Group and Grumpy’s Performance Inc. is a driver-development team based in Mooresville, N.C. Team officials strive to identify and develop young, talented drivers who want to advance their racing career.

Erickson Retuns with Empire Racing Group

1525118_10152464153121280_7268166738106830874_n(MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Oct. 17, 2014) – Empire Racing Group headed to Martinsville, Speedway. UNOH graduate Cody Erickson, 25, will make his first start on the famous .526 Mile Paved Track in the 16th Annual Kroger “200” NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Event.  ERG  is proud to partner with Erickson once again in the No. 82 Ford F-150 on October 25th, 2014 in Saturday’s NCWTS race in Martinsville.

Erickson made his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Eldora Speedway in July 2014.