Scott Steckly Racing
STECKLY FINISHES 14TH IN WILD WING 300
Barrie, ON– Sept. 12, 2011: Scott Steckly driver of the 22 Racing/Canadian Tire Dodge started the Wild Wing 300 weekend with the seventh quickest time in practice. He went on to take the pole starting position with a first place qualifying effort. Steckly had problems with the right rear wheel midway through the race and after fixing the problem was able to salvage a fourteenth place finish.
In practice Steckly posted the seventh quickest time, but was not at all happy with the car. The No. 22 Racing/Canadian Tire team went to work and changed a number of things, including the front sway bar, the springs and the control arms before attempting to qualify. In qualifying, Steckly turned a time of 14.111 with an average speed of almost 85 miles per hour, earning the Keystone Light Pole award and the first starting position for the Wild Wing 300.
At the drop of the green flag, Steckly maintained the top spot and immediately put distance between himself and the rest of the pack. Steckly dominated the first half of the race leading 150 laps before he came to pit road to top up on fuel. The No. 22 came back to pit road under the same caution to take right side tires. However, when Steckly’s crew went to change the rear tire they found there were only four wheel studs, instead of five, meaning that one of them had snapped off during the first 150 laps. Steckly went out and ran another 20 laps before the remaining four studs broke off and he lost the wheel.
Steckly quickly made his way to pit road where his team were able to replace the hub. Fortunately, while the No. 22 crew went to work, there were several caution laps and Steckly managed to get back out on the track only 25 laps down.
The 22 machine was still fast and was running lap times consistent with his qualifying effort. Steckly picked up five more positions on the track by the end of the race and a 14th place finish was their final result. With the accumulation of 10 bonus points for leading a lap and the most laps, Steckly only lost 15 points in the standings and still has a 69 point advantage over second place D.J. Kennington heading into the final two events.
After the race Steckly said “We just had some bad luck today, we had the car to beat and were just trying to stay out front and lead as many laps as we could, but we had the problem with the right rear that took us out of contention for the win. The crew worked really hard to get it fixed and get me back out there and I think we even picked up a few positions. We like Riverside and we will try to contend for the win there next weekend.”
The Wild Wing 300 presented by Independent Electric will air on TSN on Saturday September 17 at 12:30 p.m. EST.
With only two events remaining, Steckly is leading the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series point standing. The next stop for Steckly and the 22 team will be on September 17 at Riverside International Speedway in Nova Scotia.
For more information on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series please visit www.nascarlocalracing.com.