Scott Steckly Racing


ANTIGONISH, NOVA SCOTIA, September 19, 2011:
It doesn’t get much better for Scott Steckly, driver of the 22 Racing/Canadian Tire Dodge. This Saturday in Antigonish, Steckly’s performance was consistent as he took the top spot in both practice and qualifying and then went on to win the Komatsu 300 furthering his points lead in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.

After a few adjustments in practice, Steckly posted the quickest time. Then in qualifying, Steckly manoeuvred the .333 mile high banked oval in a time of 14.587 seconds with an average speed of over 82 miles per hour. The time would hold up for the duration of qualifying, earning Steckly and the 22 Racing/Canadian Tire Team their third Keystone Light pole award of the season.

Steckly wasted no time with the drop of the green flag he pulled out into the lead. The top three continued to pull away from the rest of the field and by lap 80 Steckly had over a straightaway lead, maintaining the top spot until lap 88 when he slipped backed into third.

Shortly thereafter, on lap 105, the first caution came out. Most of the field went to pit road for fuel and tires, but Steckly only took fuel. It was a quick stop allowing Steckly to restart at the front of the field, but it didn’t take long for the 22 Racing Dodge, without the benefit of new tires to quickly fall back to sixth. “We fell off a bit,” said Steckly. “I just paced myself not wanting to further wear out the tires and ensure we were there at the end.”

Steckly got the break he was looking on lap 144 with a second caution wasting no time making his way to the pits. Steckly was one of only a handful of drivers to take advantage of the pit twice on the second caution and as a result he would restart in seventh. “My crew made a great call, and fortunately we were able to get all four tires,” commented Steckly after the race.

On the restart the field checked up and as a result there was another quick caution. This time several drivers made their way to pit road allowing Steckly to move up to fourth position. On lap 188 Steckly took over the second spot and by lap 201 Steckly made his move on the No. 7 car of Pete Sheppard III to take over the lead again and the Canadian Tire driver never looked back. With the remainder of the race run caution free, Steckly was able to manoeuvre his way through the lapped traffic, leading the final 99 laps of the Komatsu 300. Steckly crossed the finish line in first place taking home the checkered flag and his 3rd victory in the 2011 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season.

It was the best day possible,” said Steckly after the race. “We were the fastest car in practice; we won the pole and then won the race. I can’t ask for much more than that. I’m so proud of this whole Canadian Tire team. We didn’t come here looking to protect the points lead; we came here for the win.”

The Komatsu 300 will air on TSN on September 24th at 2:30 p.m. EST.

Steckly extended his points lead in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series standings to 94 points over second place driver DJ Kennington, with only one event remaining. The final stop on the 2011 tour for Steckly and the 22 team will be on September 24th at Kawartha Speedway in Fraserville, ON.


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