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February 27, 2019 - ECJ Shifts Racing Focus to Plan for the Future; Taking on New Role at Rocket Chassis While Scaling Back Racing
1Salt Rock, West Virginia (02/27/19) – Seeing the big picture is imperative in making certain life choices. With that said, Eddie Carrier Jr. is definitely taking a look at the big picture as he prepares for his future. (Heath Lawson photo)

The West Virginia competitor will no longer be racing on a full-time basis. He now turns his focus to a new job at Rocket Chassis.

“I’m not getting any younger, and I know that realistically, I only have another five or so more years to competitively race. I want to make sure that I start planning for the future now,” commented the 48-year-old Carrier Jr. “As a result, I’ve decided to step away from the Keaton Racing ride to take on a full-time job at Rocket Chassis.”

Carrier Jr. enjoyed several strong runs along with multiple wins and championships during his time in the Rick and Jake Keaton-owned Super Late Model. Most recently, the team claimed the 2018 Portsmouth Raceway Park Super Late Model Track Championship as well as the ULTIMATE Mid-Ohio Valley Super Late Model Series Championship. He also added six wins along the way.

“Coming off a season like we had in 2018 makes it a little tougher to step away, but on the same token I want to make sure I’m looking ahead to ensure that my family and I are taken care of for years to come,” Carrier Jr. continued. “It’s been a heck of a ride with Keaton Racing. I thank them from the bottom of my heart for such an awesome opportunity.

“I also would be severely remiss if I didn’t thank Carl Grover for everything he’s done for me throughout my racing career. Without him, I would’ve never got the chance to do the national tour thing, and for that I’ll forever be grateful.”

Eddie now moves into a full-time position at Shinnston, West Virginia based, Rocket Chassis.

“I’m extremely thankful of the opportunity that Mark Richards and Steve Baker have presented me at Rocket Chassis,” Carrier Jr. continued. “From 1999 to 2017, all that I drove were Rockets, and those guys have always been like family to me. With my new role, I’ll be doing a little bit of everything from consulting to sales to all points in between. I’m very excited to embark on this next chapter of my life.”

While Carrier Jr. won’t be racing on a full-time basis this season, he still hopes to compete in a dozen or so events throughout the year if an opportunity present itself.

“My bottom line focus is my new position at Rocket Chassis, but I would like to still race a limited schedule this season,” he said. “If any teams are interested in having me drive their cars, I ask them to please reach out to me. I think that last year proved that this old man can still get it done in the driver’s seat.”