York's Rick Eckert takes Appalachian Mountain opener
- York's Rick Eckert won Wednesday opening event of Appalachian Mountain Late Model Speedweek.
- Eckert earned $4,000 for his victory in his No. 7e owned by Paul Crowl.
- Appalachian Mountain Late Model Speedweek moves to Susquehanna Speedway on Thursday.
HAGERSTOWN, Md. — York's Rick Eckert is $4,000 richer after winning Wednesday night's opening event of Appalachian Mountain Late Model Speedweek at Hagerstown Speedway in Maryland.
Eckert, who normally competes in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, bested a field of 55 cars in his No. 7e owned by Paul Crowl. Eckert is currently fourth in the Outlaw point standings.
Eckert set a fast-time lap at 17.961 seconds before winning his heat race and the feature.
Mason Zeigler took second, followed by Trever Feathers and Jeff Rine in the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Austin Hubbard, Walker Arthur, Kenny Pettyjohn, Marvin Winters and Tyler Hershey.
Craig Parrill won the pure-stock division.
Appalachian Mountain Late Model Speedweek continues Thursday night for its first-ever visit to Susquehanna Speedway in northern York County. Action starts at 7 p.m. It will also mark the return of super late models to Susky after many years away. The Susky show also offers $4,000 to win. The limited-late models also compete.
Bedford Speedway will feature the Friday show, and it’s also the highest-paying show of the series with $5,000 for the winner. Saturday, the series moves to Port Royal Speedway, where the sprint cars also compete. The standard $4,000 to win is set for Saturday’s show, as well as Sunday’s show at Path Valley.
Then the series takes most of the week off before returning to Williams Grove Speedway next Friday, June 9. The sprints also compete at the Grove, with $4,000 for the late-model winner.
The Appalachian Mountain Late Model Speedweek wraps up Saturday, June 10, at Selinsgrove Speedway, where it’s again $4,000 to win. The 360 sprints also race.