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Venturini Motorsports continues winning ways with Christian Eckes’ Dominant Performance at Lucas Oil Raceway

October 8, 2018
Venturini Motorsports continues winning ways with Christian Eckes’ Dominant Performance at Lucas Oil Raceway

 

Concord, North Carolina (October 8, 2018) – Venturini Motorsports’ Christian Eckes (No.15 JBL Audio Toyota) scored his third career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory with a dominant performance in Saturday’s Shore Lunch 200 at Lucas Oil Speedway. Eckes started from the pole position after setting a track record in qualifying and led 171 of the race’s 200 laps.

“What an incredible night,” said a jubilant Eckes from victory lane. “I really should give all the credit to my crew chief Kevin Reed and all the guys on this team. They gave me the best car I’ve ever had. I was just the lucky one who got to drive it.”

“It’s been a great year in the ARCA Series. The support from Toyota, JBL, Quality Bus Sales and Venturini (Motorsports) made it all possible. I really can’t thank everyone enough for believing in me and giving me this opportunity.”

Eckes’ Indianapolis win hands Venturini Motorsports its eighth team ARCA victory of the 2018 season (52nd all-time). Matching their season win total with eight General Tire Pole Awards, Venturini Motorsports’ drivers have led 52.6% of all eligible laps (1,383 of 2,626) completed in series competition.

Chandler Smith (No.20 Craftsman Toyota) in his final ARCA start of the 2018 season capped off an incredible rookie campaign finishing third in Saturday night’s race at Lucas Oil Speedway. Smith, a two-time series winner made series history winning four consecutive pole awards to start his career.

Smith, who has only started nine of the 19 races contested in 2018, has led 763-laps this season – nearly 300 more than second-place Sheldon Creed. Smith is in line to earn the Valvoline Lap Leader Award at the end of the season.

Michael Smith (No.55 Sinclair Oil Toyota) finished 11th after a hard fought race Saturday night under the lights. After starting in the sixth row, Self raced his way up to the fourth position by the halfway point of race. However, a tight handling race car and long green flag run slowed his progress during the second half of the race.

Already with two wins on the season Self turns towards the final event of the season at Kansas Speedway on October 20 looking for more. Self is the defending race winner at Kansas as he took home honors in the 2017 season finale.

Natalie Decker (No.25 N29 Capital Partners Toyota) finished 16th in her first ever start at Lucas Oil Raceway. Like teammate Michael Self, the No.25 was plagued with a tight handling car throughout the night. Decker, who is currently seventh in the series driver point standings will look to finish strong two weeks from now in Kansas. The 21-year old rookie driver finds herself just 75 markers behind fellow driver Gus Dean for the sixth spot in the standings.

The final race of the season is up next with the Kansas 150 at Kansas Speedway. The race will air live on FOX SPORTS 1 on Friday, October 20.