In the world of Late Model dirt racing, there are a couple of big-money weekends worth marking on the calendar every year. One of those is the Renegade STARS season-ending event at East Bay Raceway in Tampa. This tiny 1/3-mile clay track, tucked away just out of town, put up more than $100,000 in total prize money for three days worth of racing. The big night was Saturday, when 30 big ones went to the winner.

We caught up with Eckert while taking in all the fun at East Bay, and the Pennsylvania driver was good enough to let us have a look at his car. Then darn our luck if he didn’t bring home the big money on Saturday night. Hey Rick, get rid of the Care Bear lucky charm you’ve got in the cockpit—just pay us to follow you around all season!