Eckert Wires Wilmot Summer Nationals Stop
WILMOT, Wis. – Rick Eckert didn’t wait long after securing his first DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory on Friday night at Cedar Lake Speedway, following it up by leading flag-to-flag and capturing the victory on Sunday night at Wilmot Raceway.
Eckert, of York, Pa., started from the pole position with Ryan Unzicker on his outside. Eckert, the 2011 World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion racing the defending series champion’s Rocket Chassis car, held off Unzicker on the start of the race and after two early cautions.
Eckert finally pulled away from Unzicker after the third and final caution when a hard-charging Shannon Babb, coming from his ninth-place starting position, challenged Unzicker for second. Babb cleared Unzicker, but Eckert was already out to a sizeable lead. Eckert wound up lead all 40 laps, defeating Babb by more than one second, capturing his second checkered flag in as many events.
“Anytime I get to race is fun, and I love racing tracks that I’ve never been to,” said Eckert in victory lane. “We were only going to hit a handful [of events] but now every day I get in the truck, I go wherever they set the GPS to, and they’ve been setting it for the next track. So we will probably see them at the next one.”
Unzicker, Brian Shirley and Mike Spatola rounded out the top five. Heat race winners included Eckert, Unzicker and Brandon Sheppard.
Rick Eckert, Shannon Babb, Ryan Unzicker, Brian Shirley, Mike Spatola, Gregg Satterlee, Brandon Sheppard, Tanner English, Scott Schmitt, Mitch McGrath, Billy Moyer Jr., Jason Riggs, Gary Christian, Jim Moon, Jim Letizia, Bobby Pierce, Bill Rezutek, Mike Fryer, Rich Bell.