Eckrich Buys A Ticket To The Round Of 12
RICHMOND – Scott Eckrich was ready for the Premier Racing League AdvoCare Cup Chase when the green flag flew for the Coastal Safety Auditors 200 at Richmond on Tuesday. Eckrich won the Savage Spinners Pole Award and led 158 laps en route to his Round of 16 win. Eckrich’s win gives him a automatic birth into the next round of the playoffs, which will start at Dover. Eckrich had to hold off a fast Will Warstler as well as save fuel before a late race caution flew and sealing the victory for him.
“It was showing that I was short a third of a lap, so I think we could of got there,” Eckrich said when asked if he had enough fuel to make it to the end of the race. “I don’t know if it would of been enough to hold off Will Warstler and save.”
Will Warstler got his career best finish when he brought his car home in 2nd on Tuesday. Will battled hard with Eckrich late in the going, but would find himself running out of time when the yellow flag flew late in the event. “I can’t say definitively that I could of done anything with him if I had got right back on him,” Warstler remarked when asked if he could of done anything with Eckrich if the yellow didn’t end the race. “Scott Eckrich is always fast. I like to think I could of done something with him, I feel fortunate that I was able to represent Last Car Loaded Motorsports.” Warstler is not in the Championship hunt.
Eckrich’s win was not the only high point for Steel Horse Racing on Tuesday, as teammates Rett McBride, Dan Murray, and Thomas George finish out the rest of the Top 5 behind Warstler. McBride and Murray put themselves in good positions to advance to the next round after Richmond. It was not all smiles for the Steel Horse Racing team though after Nick Kohan made hard contact with the wall early in the event. Kohan finished two laps down in 22nd, and is only 3 points ahead of the cut off line to advance to the Round of 12.
With only 2 races left in the Round of 16, Don Runkle Jr., Rick Thompson, Matt LaCross and Ryan Howard find themselves on the outside looking in as we head to Chicagoland Speedway.
The Premier Racing League AdvoCare Cup Series is off next week for the Labor Day holiday before reading to Chicagoland Speedway for the Big Joe Show 200 on September 13th. For more information on the Premier Racing League please visit www.PremierRacingLeague.com or www.facebook.com/PremierRacingLeague.