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Five With The Five: Boating, Puppies and Elko Prep With Christian Eckes

2019 has five different drivers competing for the championship, Travis Braden, Michael Self, Bret Holmes, Joe Graf Jr., and Christian Eckes. Come follow each of their journeys this season with our “Five With The Five” where each week we set the timer for five minuets  and sit down with them to find out what’s been going on both in and out of the race car. 

     Next up, Christian Eckes!   

Christian Eckes: Hey, how’s it going?

ARCA: Good. How are you doing?

Christian Eckes: Oh, not too bad. Just home from pumping some iron.

ARCA: Oh, nice. Feeling whooped, or just good?

Christian Eckes: No, no. I’m good. 

ARCA:  Not too much?

Christian Eckes:  Yeah.

ARCA: So, what have you been up to? Have a nice fourth?

Christian Eckes: Yeah. Went out on the boat and just hung out with a couple friends, but it’s been nice to have this week off. You kind of, get your bearings all in check and get ready for the next one, I guess.

ARCA: Right. Right. I didn’t know you guys had a boat. Where’d you guys go boating at?

Christian Eckes: It was actually my friend’s boat. We were just kind of out at Lake Norman, just kind of hanging out.

ARCA: Nice. So, I guess, going into racing, you got the poll last year set. Are you feeling pretty confident you’re going to do two in a row at Elko?

Christian Eckes: Yeah, I mean, hopefully we get the first win there. I have finished second there two years in a row, so …

ARCA: Right.

Christian Eckes: Definitely looking to come in. But, you know, I mean it’s kind of a great race track for me and, you know, it’s kind of … I don’t know if it suits my driving style, it’s actually … It’s kind of like, you know, when I started at Bethel Motor Speedway, it’s kind of similar I’d say, so … You know, it’s just kind of a place I always enjoy going to and yeah, I felt like the past two years we’ve had a shot at the win and, you know, obviously we sat on the poll last year, so … It’ll hopefully be a spot where we can turn this season around.

ARCA: Right. Right. Are things feeling better than they were last year? Where you’re like,” yeah we can go for that win!” Or, you’re just kind of feeling optimistic? Or …

Christian Eckes: Yeah, no. I absolutely … You know, I definitely feel like we’re in a good spot because, you know, where we were last year, I didn’t think that we were really in the right spot. And, I think that our short track program has evolved, you know, ten fold from then. So, you know, hopefully we can bring an even faster race car than we had last year. Hopefully, pick up a win at one of my favorite race tracks.

ARCA: So, what’s … You said it’s improved, what’s helped it improve?

Christian Eckes: You know, just being able to test and you know, being able to … You know, I think all teams really … And every time they go on the race track, they find something, either it’s something small, or something like that. So, you know, I feel like our team’s done really good with that and, you know, I felt like really at nationals this year we went and tested and we found some pretty big things that what we needed and what we wanted. So, definitely, we have those in our back pocket. Hopefully, we can kind of translate it.

ARCA: Right. So, what do you kind of have planned the rest of the week, up until Elko? What’s your week looking like?

Christian Eckes: It’s kind of a normal week for Christian Eckes, I don’t know, a lot of preparation.

ARCA:  What does that entail?

Christian Eckes: As far as like Elko and, you know Iowa next week, I kind of started on this week, that I was kind of in a place I’d struggled at, so, you know, it’s kind of just watching film and going in the simulator for it and I guess stuff all across the board to try to get ready for that. But, other than that, you know, I don’t really do much. I just kind of sit in my room and prepare. It’s kind of all I do. But, yeah, I work out, five, six times a week and pretty much it.

ARCA: Got you. Well, I need a Bailey update then, at least. I’m sure you’re with her?

Christian Eckes: Yeah. God, I love her. So, yesterday … I could probably send you a picture of this too..

ARCA: That’d be great!

Christian Eckes: She sleeps really weird, like she sleeps upside down, I don’t know if it’s like a Poodle thing or what it is, but she literally just sleeps upside down. But, I don’t know. But other than that, she’s been good. She just kind of hangs out, and she’s a blast. She looks like a puppy the whole time, so it’s kind of a win win deal, and she’s almost full grown, she still looks like a puppy, so …

ARCA: That’s awesome.

Christian Eckes: Yeah, it’s a good thing.

ARCA: Nice. So, who is your biggest competition this weekend? Who do we need to keep an eye out for?

Christian Eckes: You know, you’ve always got to watch out for Chandler on the short tracks.

ARCA: Right.

Christian Eckes: Who else? You know, I could tell you who was good last year but in the same time it’s you know like Zayn and a few others aren’t there and it’s just, I don’t know. It’s kind of … And obviously, all three of the [inaudible 00:05:08] cars are going to be good.

ARCA: Mm-hmm!

Christian Eckes: You know, I think we even showed that last year. I think … They even … When Eddie Thatcher ran our car last year, and he was, you know, in the top five and … Sorry, actually all four of our cars this weekend. Forgot Hailie’s running too. So …

ARCA: That’s right, she is.

Christian Eckes: Yeah, no. I think it’ll be our four cars and, you know, you always have the usual suspects who’ve … I think Sam Mayer’s running this weekend 

ARCA: Yep, and Corey and all them.

Christian Eckes: Corey, yeah Corey Heim, you know, there’s just bunch of short track drivers that come in that are pretty tough but, yeah, I’d say for the most part just our Venturini teammates. Venturini has been so strong this year.

ARCA: So, times up. I will let you go. Thank you Christian.

Christian Eckes: All right, yeah. I’ll send you a picture of Bailey.

ARCA: That’d be perfect. I’ll put that in the article.

Christian Eckes: All right. Sounds good.

ARCA: Yep, see you soon! 

Christian Eckes: All right, sounds good. See you in Elko!