Southern Illinois 100 Post-race Notes

Southern Illinois 100 Post-race Notes

Erik Jones earned his first, and to date only, ARCA Menards Series win at Berlin Raceway when he was just 17 years of age. On Sunday - actually, early Monday morning - Jones scored his second career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win in one of the biggest races of the season, the Bojangles Southern 500 at the famed Darlington Raceway. It was Jones' second career win, following his initial win at the July race at Daytona last season. Jones held off a charging Kyle Busch to pick up the win in his 100th career Cup Series start.

Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio/Illinois Truck & Equipment Toyota) scored his third win of 2019 in the Southern Illinois 100. It's his sixth career ARCA Menards Series win and his second career dirt victory, matching his 2018 win on dirt at Springfield.

Eckes picked up 35 points on championship leader Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota), who finished fourth at DuQuoin. Eckes now sits just 70 points back with three races remaining.

Eckes and Self both have wins at two of the final three tracks on the schedule: Eckes won at Salem in April 2018 and Lucas Oil Raceway in October 2018, while Self won at Salem in April 2019 and Kansas in October 2017.

Interesting to note, perhaps, that Self's Salem win came without Eckes in the starting lineup. Eckes, the defending race winner, missed the race in April due to a bout of food poisoning the night before.

Travis Braden (No. 27 MatrixCare/Consonus Health Care/Liberty Village Ford) scored a pair of top-ten finishes over the weekend. He finished seventh in the Southern Illinois 100 at DuQUoin, then drove all night to practice and qualify at Winchester Speedway on Sunday for Monday afternoon's ARCA/CRA Super Series 100 lapper. Braden finished second behind race winner Stephen Nasse in the annual tune-up for the Winchester 400.

Logan Seavey (No. 20 Craftsman Toyota) finished second at DuQuoin and also made the trip to Winchester to run the Kyle Busch Motorsports-prepared No. 51 Toyota. He started sixth but his day was cut short due to suspension damage after 65 laps, resulting in a 14th-place finish.

Saturday night's race was slowed just twice by cautions, both for debris. Only 12 laps were run behind the pace car, allowing the 100 miles to be completed in just one hour and five minutes at a record average speed of 92.119 miles per hour.

Ken Schrader (No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Toyota) became the oldest General Tire Pole Award winner in series history at age 64 when he took the pole for the Southern Illinois 100. He led the first lap and spent the entire day in or near the top five before settling for eighth at the finish. He also won the 15-lap Bill Oldani Memorial for DIRTCar UMP Modifieds at DuQuoin on Sunday night.

ARCA Menards Series technical inspector, and 1982 series champion, Scott Stovall was at DuQuoin for the first time since the 1980s. "They have discovered concrete and lights since the last time I was here," Stovall said, referencing the concrete retaining wall and lighting system that were both installed several years ago.