Eckrich Flexes His Muscles Again At Bristol
BRISTOL – Scott Eckrich made his return to the Premier Racing League AdvoCare Cup Series on Tuesday and everyone took notice in The Unacceptable Night Race at Bristol. Eckrich, who served a two race suspension from the league after actions at Pocono, returned without missing a beat. Eckrich lead the most laps and held off a very hungry Ricky Hardin on newer tires late in the event. It was his 6th win on the season and moved him back ahead of Jake Wright in the Chase Standings with only 1 race to go in the regular season.
“Tonight, apparently we were turning a lot of RPM’s and I had a little nose damage, and that combined I was running about one degree away the ‘engine grenading’ status all night long,” said Eckrich about the damage he received after hitting Ricky Hardin earlier in the night. “We had to run the middle and the low line to keep the temps down… I would run middle to low for a few laps and it would give me enough temperature leeway to run the top a few laps and get the speed.”
Ricky Hardin was able to rally back up the 2nd position after getting spun off the nose of Scott Eckrich early. When asked about the incident post race, Hardin had this to say. “I can’t share what my thoughts were on air. Let’s just say I wasn’t very happy. It was almost a racing deal, I’m not that mad looking back at it. I would of loved to of given him that little treatment back though.” Hardin is solidly locked into the Chase with his win at Martinsville earlier in the season.
Dylan Ackart used alternate strategy and was able to do one less pit stop in the event and was able to come home with a 3rd place finish after doing some banging with Rett McBride towards the end of the race. Dylan is not in Chase contention being one of the drivers who was absorbed when the iRacing Online Championship Cup Series folded a few weeks ago. Rett Mcbride comes home in 4th and the Spring Bristol winner, Tommy Rhyne, comes home with a 5th place postion.
The biggest story coming from the night, though, was focused on the drivers around the Chase bubble. Jeff Ward came in tied for the last transfer spot on points. Ward won the Savage Spinners Pole Award and was fast early, but was caught up in a wreck while leading on lap 35. Ward had lead all of the laps until that point. Josh Parker’s wrecked car was sitting on the track leaving Ward no place to go as he came around the corner. Ward is now 21 points behind Kalvin Filarski who currently holds the last transfer spot heading into Darlington.
The Premier Racing League AdvoCare Cup Series now heads to take on the Lady in Black, Darlington Raceway, for the AdvoCare Southern 300 on August 23rd. Darlington will not only host the last race before the Chase, but will also serve as an AdvoCare Fast 5 event. The Top 5 drivers from Indianapolis; Scott Eckrich, Ricky Hardin, Will Warstler, Josh Parker, and Jeff Ward, will earn a additional $50 if they are able to conquer the track, “Too Tough To Tame” on Tuesday. The event will be broadcast live on the Global SimRacing Channel (GSRC) with coverage beginning at 9pm ET. For more information on the Premier Racing League, please visit www.premierracingleague.com.