Christian Eckes

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Christian Eckes
Christian Eckes 2019 Madison ARCA.jpg
NationalityUnited States American
BornChristian Eckes
(2000-11-10) November 10, 2000 (age 18)
Middletown NY
ARCA Menards Series career
Debut season2016
Current teamVenturini Motorsports
Car number15
EngineToyota
Crew chiefKevin Reed
Starts46
Championships1
Wins7
Poles4
Best finish1st in 2019
Finished last season1st
Previous series
2016
2015–2017
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
CARS Super Late Model Tour
Championship titles
2016
2019
Snowball Derby Winner
ARCA Menards Series champion
Awards
2019ARCA Menards series champion
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
10 races run over 2 years
Truck no., teamNo. 51 (Kyle Busch Motorsports)
2018 position35th
Best finish35th (2018)
First race2018 M&M's 200 (Iowa)
Last race2019 World of Westgate 200 (Las Vegas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 7 3
Statistics current as of October 18, 2019.

Christian Eckes (born November 10, 2000) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the ARCA Menards Series, driving the No. 15 Toyota Camry for Venturini Motorsports and part-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 51 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports. He won the Snowball Derby in 2016 and formerly was a development driver for JR Motorsports.

Racing career[edit]

Eckes grew up in Middletown, New York. He began racing Legends Cars at thirteen years old.[1] He later moved up to racing late model stock cars and super late models.[1]

In 2015, Eckes began racing late models for JR Motorsports, as well as super late models for LFR Chassis as one of their driver development program drivers.[2][3]

In April 2016, Eckes made his ARCA Racing Series debut at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in Tennessee, driving for Venturini Motorsports.[4] He finished eighth, the only top-ten in four ARCA races that year.[5] Eckes also made his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut at Dominion Raceway.[6] He ran two more events that year, at Columbus Motor Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway.[7]

He won three races in a row to end the season, one at Myrtle Beach Speedway, at Southern National Motorsports Park and the Snowball Derby, at Five Flags Speedway.[8] At the Snowball Derby, Eckes won over John Hunter Nemechek.[9] Although some reports pegged him as the youngest winner, those reports were erroneous, as Chase Elliott won the event in 2011 at age fifteen while Eckes was sixteen when he triumphed.[10]

In December 2016, Eckes and Venturini announced nine ARCA races in 2017.[11]

In July 2017, Eckes and Venturini re-signed for an enlarged ARCA schedule in 2018 that included fifteen races.[12] He triumphed for the first time at Salem Speedway in April 2018. Eckes kept fellow Venturini Motorsports driver Chandler Smith at bay over the closing portion of the race to secure the victory.[13]He followed up with wins at Illinois State Fairgrounds and Indianapolis Raceway Park during the year.

In the week following the win, Eckes landed a deal with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team Kyle Busch Motorsports to drive the team's No. 46 entry in four races in the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, starting at Iowa Speedway in June.[14]

On October 24, 2018, it was announced that Eckes will run the No. 15 full-time for Venturini Motorsports in 2019.[15]

On February 4, 2019, it was announced that Eckes will run seven races in the Truck Series, driving the No. 51 truck for KBM.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Eckes attends George Washington University Online High School.[1]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Gander Outdoors Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NGOTC Pts Ref
2018 Kyle Busch Motorsports 46 Toyota DAY ATL LVS MAR DOV KAN CLT TEX IOW
8
GTW
28
CHI KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP LVS TAL MAR
9
TEX PHO
9
HOM 35th 110th [17]
2019 51 DAY
22
ATL LVS MAR TEX DOV KAN CLT TEX IOW GTW
14*
CHI KEN POC
4
ELD
6
MCH
15
BRI MSP LVS
3
TAL MAR PHO HOM -* -* [18]

K&N Pro Series East[edit]

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 NKNPSEC Pts Ref
2016 LFR Driver Development Group 15 Ford NSM MOB GRE BRI VIR DOM
7
STA COL
9
NHA
18
IOW GLN GRE NJE DOV 31st 98 [19]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ARCA Menards Series[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Menards Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 AMSC Pts Ref
2016 Venturini Motorsports 66 Toyota DAY NSH
8
SLM TAL TOL NJE POC MCH 40th 625 [20]
15 MAD
14
WIN IOW
11
IRP
26
POC BLN ISF DSF SLM CHI KEN KAN
2017 DAY NSH
3
SLM
8*
TAL TOL
8
ELK
2
POC MCH MAD
5
IOW
8
IRP
10
POC WIN
2
ISF
6
ROA DSF SLM
19
CHI KEN KAN 16th 1980 [21]
2018 DAY NSH
8
SLM
1
TAL TOL
21
CLT POC
11
MCH MAD GTW
4
CHI IOW
11
ELK
2
POC
13
ISF
1
BLN
11
DSF
4
SLM
7
IRP
1*
KAN 12th 2650 [22]
2019 DAY
4
FIF
3
SLM
INQ
TAL
26
NSH
1*
TOL
3
CLT
7
POC
3
MCH
7
MAD
7
GTW
2
CHI
7
ELK
11
IOW
2
POC
1
ISF
2
DSF
1*
SLM
2
IRP
2
KAN
1
1st 4795 [23]
- Qualified for the 2019 Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 but was replaced by Harrison Burton due to illness

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Fambro, Cassie (December 20, 2017). "Driving fast, but still in class: Christian Eckes' balancing act". Lake Norman Publications. Archived from the original on December 23, 2017. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  2. ^ White, Heath (January 12, 2016). "Christian Eckes Joins JRM Late Model Lineup for 2016". Archived from the original on April 10, 2018. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  3. ^ "Christian Eckes, Tanner Gray and Riley Herbst to Represent LFR Driver Development Group at Hickory Motor Speedway – LFR Chassis". www.lfrchassis.com. Archived from the original on April 10, 2018. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  4. ^ "Christian Eckes Returns to Familiar Grounds for ARCA Season Debut". SpeedwayDigest. Archived from the original on April 10, 2018. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  5. ^ "Driver Christian Eckes 2016 ARCA Racing Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Archived from the original on April 10, 2018. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  6. ^ "Eckes Scores Top 10 Finish in Successful K&N East Debut". Speed51. Archived from the original on June 4, 2016. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  7. ^ "Driver Christian Eckes 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Archived from the original on April 9, 2018. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  8. ^ Marquis, Andy (April 27, 2017). "Marquis: My Short Track Draft – race22.com". Race22. Archived from the original on April 9, 2018. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  9. ^ Long, Dustin (December 7, 2016). "Christian Eckes wins Snowball Derby". NASCAR Talk. Archived from the original on April 10, 2018. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  10. ^ Bonkowski, Jerry (December 2, 2017). "PREVIEW: Kyle Busch to start 15th in Sunday's 50th Snowball Derby". NASCAR Talk. Archived from the original on April 8, 2018. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  11. ^ "Snowball Derby winner Christian Eckes signs with Venturini for 2017". ARCA Racing Series. December 9, 2016. Archived from the original on April 10, 2018. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  12. ^ "Rookie Christian Eckes lookin' up; extends partnership with VMS through 2018". ARCA Racing Series. July 20, 2017. Archived from the original on April 9, 2018. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  13. ^ Radebaugh, Don (April 22, 2018). "Christian Eckes holds off Chandler Smith in ARCA Salem thriller". Autoweek. Archived from the original on May 16, 2018. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  14. ^ McFadin, Daniel (April 26, 2018). "Christian Eckes lands four-race deal with Kyle Busch Motorsports in Truck Series". Yahoo Sports. Archived from the original on May 16, 2018. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  15. ^ Wilson, Steven B. "Christian Eckes, Venturini Motorsports Together Again for Full ARCA Slate in 2019". Speedway Digest. Archived from the original on October 26, 2018. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  16. ^ Rutherford, Kevin. "Christian Eckes, Brandon Jones Return to Kyle Busch Motorsports Truck Roster". Frontstretch. Archived from the original on February 9, 2019. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  17. ^ "Christian Eckes – 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Archived from the original on December 3, 2018. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  18. ^ "Christian Eckes – 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Archived from the original on February 9, 2019. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  19. ^ "Christian Eckes – 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results". Racing-Reference. Archived from the original on December 3, 2018. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  20. ^ "Christian Eckes – 2016 ARCA Racing Series Results". Racing-Reference. Archived from the original on December 3, 2018. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  21. ^ "Christian Eckes – 2017 ARCA Racing Series Results". Racing-Reference. Archived from the original on December 3, 2018. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  22. ^ "Christian Eckes – 2018 ARCA Racing Series Results". Racing-Reference. Archived from the original on December 3, 2018. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  23. ^ "Driver Christian Eckes 2019 ARCA Menards Series results". Racing Reference. Archived from the original on April 14, 2019. Retrieved April 14, 2019.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Chase Elliott
Snowball Derby Winner
2016
Succeeded by
Kyle Busch