Ocala, FL – Feb. 18, 2012 –
Rick Eckert figured out Bubba Raceway Park just in time to score a stirring victory in Saturday night’s 60-lap Bubba Army Late Model Winter Nationals A-Main.
The defending World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion from York, Pa., found his rhythm in the finale of the national tour’s inaugural three-race meet at the central Florida oval.
Eckert started sixth in the 25-car event, but he slipped to eighth almost immediately and was still running in that position when the race’s second caution flag flew on lap 20 for the slowing Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark. His Weld Racing wheel equipped Team Zero by Bloomquist machine came alive soon after, reaching fourth place when the next caution was needed, on lap 42 for a turn-one spin by WoO LMS rookie Greg Johnson of Bedford, Ind.
Eckert, 46, earned $12,250 for his first WoO LMS win of 2012 and the 25th of his career. It also marked his first top-five finish in five career A-Main starts at BRP, including two (10th and 11th-place runs) in the preceding days.