YORK, PENNSYLVANIA -- Rick Eckert and the Raye Vest Racing team will conclude the inaugural World of Outlaws Late Model Series campaign this weekend in the Magnolia State of Mississippi. Rick and the rest of the “Dirty Dozen” members will be in attendance this Friday and Saturday night at the Delta Bowl Speedway in Tunica, MS. A $5,000 to win WoO Series show is scheduled for Friday with a $15,000 payday on the line for Saturday evening. The crowning of the first World of Outlaws Late Model Series Champion will occur after the Saturday event on the 1/3-mile, high-banked gumbo oval. For more information on the final two events of the WoO circuit this season, log onto www.woolms.com and www.deltabowl.com.
Rick comes into this weekend third in the latest version of the WoO point standings and sits only 46 points behind leader Scott Bloomquist. He has amassed five victories, 16 Top Five finishes, and 34 Top Ten efforts in the 39 WoO events thus far in 2004. The WoO series banquet will be held on Sunday in Tunica, MS at the Sam’s Town Casino.
The driver of the Raye Vest / J&J Steel #24 Rocket / Cornett Ford Taurus was in competition last weekend at the Alleghany County Speedway in Cumberland, MD for the annual ‘Big Kahuna’ event. In preliminary action on Saturday, Rick was the second fastest car in qualifying out of the 49 entrants and won his heat race to earn a third place starting spot in the dash. The dash and feature events for Sunday; however, were rained out after an excessive amount of precipitation fell in the area on Saturday night. The event was postponed until this Friday, October 29, but Rick will instead be in action in Tunica, MS.
“It was a wet weekend for us,” stated Eckert while changing a motor at the Raye Vest Racing shop. “We had a good car at Cumberland last weekend, it is too bad we didn’t get a chance to run the show. Hopefully we can have another strong car this weekend at Tunica in the World of Outlaw finale. It will be hard to gain that many points on (Scott) Bloomquist and (Steve) Francis, but we are going to try our hardest.”
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