Eckrich Speeds to Racy McRace Race 150 Victory; Becomes PGRL’s First Repeat Winner

He fought the law and the law won — but only for a short while. Scott Eckrich recovered from a pit road speeding penalty to win the Racy McRace Race 150, leading 69 laps and becoming PGRL’s first driver to return to Victory Lane.

The 150 lap event at Phoenix Raceway, sponsored by semi-truck driver and cat-dad Octane93 on Twitch.tv, featured typical short track racing: pretty good battles and pretty good wrecks.

Fred Thompson, age 76, started from pole position.

Fred Thompson led the field to the green flag, but cautions fell early and often for multi-car incidents in turn 1. Five drivers took turns at the front over the initial 25 laps of the race. Isaiah Dupre and Django Matthews each led their first laps of the season, while Jason Franks, Chad Mikosz, and Michael Strohl added to their tallies.

Isaiah Dupre rebounded from three weeks of mechanical failures to have a pretty good night, leading 6 laps and finishing in the top 10 with zero incidents.

On lap 36, pit strategy reared its head, with James Krahula staying out on old tires. The move paid dividends; Krahula maintained the lead for 10 laps before settling into a comfortable top 5 running position, where he would remain all night. Under the same caution, Scott Eckrich — who had moved all the way up to 2nd from his 25th starting position — was nabbed for speeding on pit road. The driver of the #70 was forced to restart 37th and watch as Krahula, Strohl, teammate Jeff Ward, and Thomas George battled for the lead over the next 50 circuits.

But pretty good things often come to those who wait. Much like his ascent through the field at Las Vegas, Eckrich’s dramatic recovery at Phoenix looked like the chart of an inflating memestonk: 20th by lap 56, 10th by lap 65, 5th by lap 74, and to the lead on lap 80.

Scott Eckrich closes in on Johnathon Caddell during his drive back through the field.

The #70 cruised to his second-consecutive win, with Johnathon Caddell — the race’s biggest mover — finishing 2nd after starting 31st. Michael Strohl came home 3rd, ending Mike Rasimas’s three-week monopoly on the final podium position. Rasimas, who remained the series points leader, finished one spot short in 4th, with James Krahula rounding out the top 5.

Scott Eckrich became PGRL’s first repeat winner, sweeping the races in the desert.
Mike Rasimas retained the points lead, but his advantage over Michael Strohl and Scott Eckrich decreased.

Adam Blattel was the race’s highest-finishing non-chartered driver, advancing 20 spots from his grid position to finish a solid 18th. John Perkins, whose night ended 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 Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Raise Hell, Praise Gael 250 presented by GamingGuyL on Twitch.tv on Tuesday, March 15. The Virtual Grip Network will have all the action covered live beginning at 8:50pm ET.

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