Eckrich Tames Darlington and Wins Championship as Several Drivers Claim Pretty Good Awards

Scott Eckrich had no fear heading into PGRL’s Season 1 finale at Darlington. Sporting a Boris Said-inspired throwback, the driver of the #70 broke the league’s “only blue cars win” streak, claiming his sixth victory of 2022 and, with it, the championship.

Cat dad Kevin Bartelt started the I’mma Head Out 200 presented by The Joy of Driving from pole position. Bartelt roared out to an early lead before he was passed by wannabe cat dad Michael Chrobok. Chrobok quickly wore out his tires on the abrasive South Carolina surface, handing the point back to Bartelt. The hard-charging Chevrolet of Jeff Ward, meanwhile, stalked its prey. Ward pounced when the time was right, taking the lead on lap 24 and holding the top spot through green flag pit stops.

Kevin Bartelt and Michael Chrobok battled early in the race.
Jeff Ward, driving a Bill Elliott tribute paint scheme, looked to have everything on tap for a celebratory cookout, but came up one spot short.

The caution flew for the first time on lap 92 for a single-car spin in turn 2. Points leader Scott Eckrich beat Ward off pit road, but Ward retook control on lap 104. Eckrich, though, stayed hot on Ward’s tail, and when the #9 slipped up with 12 laps to go, the #70 was there to capitalize. Eckrich squeezed by Ward and drove off to claim another checkered flag. The win capped off Eckrich’s  phenomenal run to the PGRL championship. The GRAAFix LC Motorsports driver also took home the MC² Editing Services Leading the Way Award, pacing the field for 395 laps in Season 1.

Scott Eckrich claimed his sixth win of the season and became the inaugural PGRL champion.

Alongside Eckrich, several other drivers claimed pretty good awards:

  • Thomas J. George won the Hard Charger Award after gaining a net 138 places from his starting positions over the course of the season.
  • Fred Thompson picked up the Hard Luck Award presented by Octane93 on Twitch, edging out a trio of other drivers who each lost more than 138 places over the season.
  • Michael Chrobok earned the Ironman Award after completing the most miles on the season (2,162.80).
  • Mike Rasimas claimed the Safe Driver Award with the lowest incidents per lap average (0.04) among drivers with nine or more starts.
  • Kevin Bartelt won the Mahan Speed Laboratories Pole Award on the strength of three pole positions.
  • Django Matthews Won Clint’s Mike and Scott’s Money after getting lucky on a random draw for $15 in iRacing credits.

The Pretty Good Racing League kicks off its second season on Tuesday, May 17th with the Goodbye Fast Repairs 200 presented by Speed Mafia. The Virtual Grip Network returns to cover all the action live beginning at 8:50pm ET.

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