Christian Eckes Continues Elko Hot Streak, Claims General Tire Pole for Menards 250

Christian Eckes Continues Elko Hot Streak, Claims General Tire Pole for Menards 250

Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota) won the General Tire Pole Award for tonight’s Menards 250 at Elko Speedway, nipping by Ty Gibbs (No. 18 Monster Energy/ORCA Coolers/Terrible Herbst/Advance Auto Parts Toyota) by just 0.024 seconds. Eckes’ fast lap was 14.403 seconds/93.730 miles per hour, giving him his first pole award since the season opener at Daytona and the fourth in his ARCA Menards Series career.

“We almost won here in 2017,” he said. “We had the pole here last year and almost won again so I hope we can close the deal tonight with our JBL Audio Camry. Kevin Reed and the Venturini Motorsports guys have given me a great car. We’ll try to keep the fenders on it and end up in victory lane.”

Gibbs’ fast lap was 14.427 seconds/93.575 miles per hour around the tight 0.375-mile oval, giving him his second front row start of the season and his first since he also started second at Nashville.

Corey Heim (No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford) will start third after turning a lap of 14.516 seconds/93.001 miles per hour. Heim is driving for the team that won the last ARCA Menards Series event at Chicagoland Speedway with Ty Majeski driving. Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota), who won General Tire Pole Awards earlier this season at Toledo, Charlotte, Michigan, and Chicagoland, qualified fourth with a lap of 14.521 seconds/92.969 miles per hour. Self’s lap was matched to the thousandth of a second by Carson Hocevar (No. 28’s/KBR Development Chevrolet), the General Tire Pole Award winner earlier in the season at Salem Speedway. Self will start fourth with Hocevar fifth.

Joe Graf, Jr. (No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford), Chandler Smith (No. 20 Craftsman/828 Logistics Toyota), Sam Mayer (No. 21 Chevy Accessories Chevrolet), Travis Braden (No. 27 MatrixCare/Consonus Health Care/Liberty Village Ford) and Bret Holmes (No. 23 Holmes II Excavation Chevrolet) rounded out the top ten qualifiers.

The only incident in General Tire Pole Qualifying involved Tommy Vigh, Jr. (No. 10 Thomas Coffee/Hardware Hank Ford), who spun while crossing the line to take the checkered flag and made slight contact with the inside wall. His team will make repairs and he will drop to the tail of the field for the start of the Menards 250.

The Menards 250 is set for a 10 pm ET green flag and will be televised live on MAVTV. ARCA for Me members can follow along with live timing & scoring, live user chat, and live track updates at New users can register for free with a valid email address at


Valerie F.

Good Luck Mister!