Scott Steckly Racing
STECKLY BATTLES TO ELEVENTH PLACE FINISH IN PINTY’S PRESENTS CLARINGTON 200
BOWMANVILLE ON, SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 1 2013: With this the second appearance for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series at CTMP in Bowmanville, Steckly recorded a better finish than the first visit but was still not happy with their day.
Saturday’s two practice sessions had Steckly in his 22 Racing/Canadian Tire Dodge at the top of the time charts which boded well for the team for the afternoon qualifyng sessions. Steckly would come off the grid first for his timed qualifying session and with slower cars playing a part was not able to get the good lap he anticipated. “We are a little disappointed that we will be starting sixth tomorrow,” said Steckly. “We have a better car than that but with 36 cars here and 18 cars in each timed qualifying session, it is hard to get a clean lap without catching up to a slower car.” In order to qualify at top speed it is necessary to get a lap around the 2.459 mile road course without encountering a slower car to pass. Sixth place start would be the end result for Steckly and his team.
At the drop of the green flag Steckly immediately settled into sixth as was the strategy. In the very early going he would go off the track in the hairpin, resulting in a large amount of grass and dirt in the air dam that cools the radiator. At lap 10 Steckly was forced to pit road to have his crew clean out the grass and debris as the car started to overheat. The benefit was that they took on fuel at this point which was almost the lap they intended to pit anyway. With enough fuel on board to finish the race Steckly felt he was in a good position to get back to the front of the field. A caution would fall shortly thereafter and he would move up to restart near the top ten. Later in the race, contact by another car from behind would send Steckly spinning but a great save by the driver kept him going with only one lost position. The caution flew at lap 41 for a major crash in turn one which resulted in a red flag. Due to the amount of time it took to clear the track and time contraints, the race was called after 42 laps short of the scheduled 51 laps. Steckly was scored in 11th position. “We needed that last restart to pick up a few spots before the checkered flag,” said Steckly after the race. “I hate it for our sponsors and my team who work so hard that we didn’t get a top ten today. I think we had a car to get up there but track position is so important here.”
After ten of the twelve events in 2013, Steckly has dropped back to second in the championship points race by four points. Next up for the 22 Racing Team will be Barrie Speedway on Saturday Sept. 7th.
The Pinty’s presented by Clarington 200 will air live on TSN/TSN2 on Sunday Sept. 1 at 11 a.m. and on RDS/RDS2 on Fri. Sept. 27 at 8 p.m.
Scott Steckly and the 22 Racing Team is supported by the following sponsors: Canadian Tire, Sylvania, Mobil 1, Erb Group, Johnsonville and AW Millwrights.
For more information on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series please visit www.nascarhometracks.com
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