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
- #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