Scott Steckly Racing
STECKLY NEEDS A BREAK
Trois Rivieres, Que– August. 5, 2012: After a two-hour rain delay and late-race brake issues putting a damper on the day, Scott Steckly and his #22 Canadian Tire Dodge managed to hang on to a top 10 finish on Sunday at the JuliaWine.com 100 at Grand Prix of Trois Rivieres.
After a strong pole-position qualifying time on the last road course in Edmonton, Scott Steckly and his crew kept the Canadian Tire Dodge set-up nearly identical for the contest at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres, making only minor adjustments before qualifying on Saturday for the JuliaWine.com 100. Unfortunately for the team, qualifying wasn’t quite as successful as last weekend, as #22 got caught up in traffic and didn’t get the most out of his car on his hot lap, resulting in a 4th place qualifying time.
“I was on a very good lap for most of it,” he said after practice. “But with a lot of cars on the track for qualifying, I just got slowed up a bit and didn’t quite get it at all.”
On Sunday as the drivers lined up on the field for the main event, a monster rain storm washed over the track just as the cars fired their engines. Each wheelman took the pace laps, after which NASCAR stopped the cars on pit road and covered the vehicles to wait out the storm.
Finally after a two-hour rain delay, the JuliaWine.com 100 was back underway for Scott Steckly and the rest of his competitors. Steckly was able to hold strong and maintain his 4th place position early on and keep he leaders in his sight.
“The guys up front were pretty intense early on,” Steckly said after the race. “I decided to stay close by to see if there was an opportunity to move up.” #22 stayed on the prowl to collect spots as the race progressed and managed to stay inside the top five for a majority of the evening. However late in the race, the Canadian Tire Dodge began to experience front brake issues that Steckly was forced to battle through the end of the contest, causing him to lose his 4th place positioning. As #22 dealt with the brake problems, he still managed to maintain his top ten positioning through the end. #22 crossed the finish line in 7th place, dropping three spots from his 4th place start.
“We were right there and starting to gain on them in the late going and losing that front brake power really hurt us,” Steckly explained.
After Sunday’s race, Steckly remains 3rd overall in the standings with 317 points, closing in on 2nd place driver Andrew Ranger’s 323.
The Julia Wine 100 will air on TSN2 on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 9:30 p.m. ET, and on RDS2 on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 10 p.m.
The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will return to the track with the NAPA Autopro 100 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal on Saturday, Aug. 18.
22 Racing is supported by the following sponsors: Canadian Tire, Motomaster Eliminator, Sylvania, Erb Group, Mobil 1 and AW Millwrights.