Tough Night for ARCA Menards Series Regulars at Eldora

Tough Night for ARCA Menards Series Regulars at Eldora

It was a tough night for ARCA Menards Series regulars in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway. Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota) and Carson Hocevar (No. 28’s/KBR Development Chevrolet) were both swept into incidents in the rough-and-tumble 150-lapper.

Eckes was running near the front of the field when he was tagged from behind going into turn one on lap 65, spinning back up across the track and keying off a 14-truck pileup. Fortunately Eckes didn’t receive significant damage as the rest of the trucks involved piled into each other and the wall while he was able to stay to the bottom side of the track after the initial spin. Quick repairs by his Rudy Fugle-led Kyle Busch Motorsports team kept him on track and he was able to parlay pit strategy and a fast truck into a sixth-place finish.

Hocevar, who was making his Gander Trucks debut driving for Jordan Anderson Racing, finished third in his qualifying race earlier in the night and was impressive in the main event. He worked his way into the top ten early in the going but was swept into the Eckes spin at lap 65. Hocevar spent many laps on pit road while the crew effected repairs, leaving him 25th at the end.

Defending ARCA Menards Series champion Sheldon Creed registered his best career finish, crossing the line in second behind winner Stewart Friesen. Another series champ, 2015 titlist Grant Enfinger was third, while Talladega winner Todd Gilliland crossed the line in fifth.

The race’s defending winner Chase Briscoe, the 2016 ARCA Menards Series champion, was fastest in hot laps and won the first qualifying heat race and earned the pole for the main event. He led every lap of the first two stages before pitting to start the third stage. He was involved in a pair of incidents in the final 60 laps, including a spin while trying to race his way back to the lead with 8 laps to go. He was able to recover quickly and finished seventh.

The ARCA Menards Series returns to action with the first of two dirt track races of its own on Sunday August 18 with the Allen Crowe 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Practice on the one-mile dirt oval will begin at 10 am ET/9 am CT, General Tire Pole Qualifying is set for 12 n ET/11 am CT, and the 100-mile feature event will go green at 2:30 pm ET/1:30 pm CT. The race will be televised live flag-to-flag on MAVTV. ARCA for Me members can follow live timing & scoring, live chat, and live track updates at New users can register for free with a valid email address at For ticket information please visit