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January 31, 2019
Change of Pace Greets Rick Eckert for the 2019 Racing Season
(YORK, PENNSYLVANIA) Rick Eckert is usually putting the finishing touches on his immaculate racecars this time of year in preparation to head south to Georgia and Florida to take part in "Speedweeks." Unfortunately, that will not be the case for the Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer in 2019, as he officially announced today that he will not be following the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series tour on a full-time basis this year. After car owner Paul Crowl sold most of the equipment following last year's season finale at the Dirt Track at Charlotte and revealed that he would not return as team owner, Rick set out this off-season to secure either a high-profile ride or enough funding to operate his own race team on a national level.
Several options popped up and disappeared through the winter months, but nothing has materialized that will allow Rick to be a regular on the WOOLMS tour, of which he has been a part of and has not missed a race since its reincarnation in 2004. The York, Pennsylvania ace will be racing in 2019; however, as he plans to operate Rick Eckert Racing at a mostly regional level. Rick is currently seeking primary and associate marketing partners for his self-owned ride, which will either be #0 or #24 - harkening back to old car numbers that he has raced in the past. Anyone interested in supporting the newly-formed team can email Rick directly at Rae024@aol.com.
"It's going to be a change of pace for me this year, that is for sure," quoted Eckert today. "I know a lot of people and fans have been wondering what I am going to do this year and I've been pretty quiet, but that's because I really haven't had any news to announce. I thought we had some different things worked out to run the Outlaws deal, but things fell through for one reason or another. So, I guess my best option at this point is to get some equipment together and try to be able to get going sometime in March if the weather cooperates. I'll look at some schedules at some point, but we will probably stay around five or six hours from the shop and try to hit all of the larger paying shows in the area. If funding were to come through and would allow it, maybe we would travel more extensively, but that is our plan as of now."
Not only will Rick miss his first World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series show since its rebirth in 2004, but he will not be a part of "Speedweeks" in Georgia/Florida for the first time since the early 1990s. Rick has been a stalwart on the national Dirt Late Model scene since the 1993 campaign when he finished in the top five of the now defunct Short Track Auto Racing Stars (STARS) series. After stints with the STARS and Hav-A-Tampa (Xtreme) DirtCar Series through the 2003 season, which included capturing both the 2001 and 2002 Xtreme DirtCar Series National Championship titles with legendary car owner Raye Vest, Rick found a new home with the World of Outlaws tour as part of the "Dirty Dozen" in 2004. Since then, the popular driver known as "Scrub" has amassed 37 career wins on the national touring series - good for fifth most - and collected the $100,000 paycheck in 2011 for besting Josh Richards in a heated point battle for the coveted World of Outlaws crown!
More information concerning Rick Eckert Racing can be located online at www.RickEckertRacing.com or you can follow Rick on Twitter at @eckert24.
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The 3-time Summer Nationals Champion Aims for His First World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Title
CONCORD, NC — Jan. 30, 2019 — Dennis Erb Jr. has raced in Georgia and Florida before, but when he heads south from his native Illinois to Screven Motor Speedway next weekend, he’ll be starting his first season as a full-time driver on the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series tour.
Erb, 46, is already legendary as a DIRTcar Summer Nationals competitor. He’s won the championship three times. And he’s no stranger to World of Outlaws competition, racking up a total of five wins, 15 top-fives and 45 top-10s in 103 career starts since his debut with the Series in 2004. He even has a big gator trophy from the DIRTcar Nationals.
Like most other drivers making the jump onto the Series this year, Erb said the most enticing factor that led to his decision to become an Outlaw was the schedule’s size and locations.
“Looking at the schedules, there’s a lot of racing in our area,” said Erb, who hails from Carpentersville, IL. “It kind of opens up my schedule to be able to go out to some different events also.”
Being from the Land of Lincoln, it also gives him the opportunity to compete on his familiar DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour.
“It definitely frees up some time to go run some Summer Nationals, a little bit more than I had in the past,” Erb said. “The scheduling is pretty good, as far as being able to get up there and run the Outlaw races and then pick up some Summer Nationals, too.”
Returning to the tour this year are several veteran racers, including Shane Clanton, Chris Madden and Darrell Lanigan – all of whom Erb said he’s eager to be racing regularly.
“They’re a good group of guys there that I’ve run a lot with over the years at different events,” Erb said. “And also, coming and running the Outlaw Series when I get a chance. I always have a bunch of [Outlaw tour] races we always come and run with, so I’m looking forward to running with them all year.”
Erb will make his first official appearance as a full-time member of the World of Outlaws roster in the Winter Freeze event at Screven Motor Speedway on Feb. 8-9 in Sylvania, GA, before heading to Volusia Speedway Park for the 48th Annual DIRTcar Nationals on Feb. 13-16, where Erb will look to collect his first gator trophy since 2012. With some brand-new equipment in the hauler this year, he’s ready to put his McBride Mack Sales, Ideal Ready Mix Company, Deegan’s Garage No. 28 back in Victory Lane.
“We’ve got some new Rocket XR1 cars, new Clements motors ready to head out for Speedweeks this year,” Erb said. “So we’re looking forward to starting the year off good and having some good runs, especially at Volusia.”Catch Erb and all of the Outlaws at the 48th Annual DIRTcar Nationals, Feb. 13-16, at the track (tickets here) or live on DIRTVision!
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GETSCO Partners with Dunn Benson Motorsports and Devin Moran for 2019
Dunn, NC (January 30, 2019) - Dunn Benson Motorsports is excited to announce GETSCO has signed on as an associate sponsor of the race Team and driver Devin Moran in 2019. The Big River Steel / Dunn Benson Ford / GETSCO Race Team will compete on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Racing Series, contending for the National Championship and Rookie of the Year honors with young gun Devin Moran behind the wheel in 2019.
GETSCO is a privately held company and a leading agricultural chemical and sitework material supplier in the Carolinas. Their multiple warehouse locations allow them to deliver competitive pricing and superior service on quality commodity and specialty products to customers throughout the region. Their staff has over 150 years of combined industry experience. With qualified product specialists in agricultural chemicals and certified professionals in Erosion & Sediment Control and Storm Water Quality leading their staff, GETSCO provides quality products, competitive prices and technical solutions to their valued customers. To learn more about GETSCO visit their website at www.GETSCO.net.
"We are thrilled to have GETSCO on board as a partner in 2019. GETSCO's partnership with Dunn Benson Motorsports is a direct result of the TV package and the increased popularity of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in 2019. We're looking forward to working with GETSCO and helping to expand their brand, building relationships, and putting the Big River Steel / Dunn Benson Ford / GETSCO Race Team with Devin Moran in Victory Lane in 2019," stated Kemp Lamm.
The first race events for the Big River Steel / Dunn Benson Ford / GETSCO Race Team in 2019 will be the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season opener on February 1st and 2nd at Golden Isles Speedway in Brunswick, GA. Both events will be broadcasted LIVE on TV on the MAVTV Network for the first time in history.For all the latest news, schedule, pictures, sponsors, crew or anything related to the Big River Steel/Dunn Benson Motorsports/GETSCO Race Team visit our Official Team website at www.DunnBensonMotorsports.com. To learn more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit www.LucasDirt.com.