Eckrich King of the Hills; Wins MemePark Grand Prix at COTA

“Fast repair, are you helping me?” Meme Lord Scott Eckrich recovered from an off-track excursion in turn 12 to win the MemePark Grand Prix in dominating fashion, leading 24 laps and finishing 31 seconds ahead of second-place driver Mike Rasimas.

The 35-lap event at the Circuit of the Americas, presented by the LPM Group, had it all: pretty good battles, pretty good spins, and some pretty good fuel mileage racing.

Fred Thompson inherited the Mahan Speed Laboratories You (Almost) Finished Last Pole Award and led the field to the green flag. Thompson took a conservative approach to the 20-turn road course, yielding track position in the hopes of preserving his car. Isaiah Dupre jumped out to an early lead but suffered a spin, handing the point to Clipping That Apex-sponsored driver Drew Carroll.

Fans were on their feet for the start of the MemePark Grand Prix.
Isaiah Dupre led lap 1.

Last week’s winner, Brian Yaczik, cued the mic in the LPM Group Discord chat to remind his team to keep its backup cars in the garage. “Scott, have you unchecked your fast repair?”, the driver of the #55 asked road course ace Scott Eckrich. Promptly missing his braking point, Eckrich took a detour in turn 12 to say hello to the fans and relay a message to his team.

Echoing a fellow Chevrolet driver, Scott Eckrich asked whether his driver-adjustable tools were operational.

Back up front, Mike Rasimas battled Drew Carroll and took over first position. Rasimas’s lead was short-lived, though, as Eckrich climbed back to second on lap 8 and took command of the race on lap 10. Eckrich never looked back — and did not need to ask his team again about the fast repair. He cruised to a comfortable victory over Mike Rasimas and Jeff Ward. Ward’s third-place finish ended a five-race streak of Michaels earning the final spot on the podium.

Mike Rasimas led 9 laps and finished 2nd, maintaining his points lead.
Scott Eckrich won his third race of the season.

Battles unfolded behind the top three finishers, intensified by uncertainties about fuel mileage. Drew Carroll relinquished a top 5 running spot to lift and coast, allowing Woody Mahan and Thomas George to get by. Michael Chrobok, also saving fuel, appeared primed to keep teammate Brian Yaczik behind him. However, pressure from the hard-charging #55 forced the driver of the #72 to increase his pace in the closing laps, and Chrobok ran out of gas just feet from the finish line, enabling Yaczik to steal 7th position. Hometown hero James Krahula finished behind Yaczik and Chrobok in 9th, while Isaiah Dupre rounded out the top 10.

Woody Mahan put his recently-repaired pedals to good use at COTA, aggressively braking into turn 1 en route to a 4th place finish.
Michael Chrobok ran out of fuel just feet from the finish line, losing a position to Brian Yaczik.

Travis McQuistion, whose race got off to a rough start with damage on lap 1, will start the next event from pole position as the recipient of the Mahan Speed Laboratories You Finished Last Pole Award.

The Pretty Good Racing League heads to Richmond Raceway for the Muscular Dystrophy Awareness 200 on Tuesday, March 29. The Virtual Grip Network will have all the action covered live beginning at 8:50pm ET.

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