Scott Steckly Racing
STECKLY SECOND AT DELAWARE
LONDON, ON, Monday June 13, 2011: Scott Steckly, driver of the 22 Racing/Canadian Tire Dodge Challenger, had another solid weekend, starting on the inside of row two and moving up one spot for a second place finish.
In practice the team turned a few laps and the No. 22 Dodge came down pit road to make a few adjustments. The crew worked on the car changing the drive shaft after Steckly indicated he felt a vibration. The No.22 went back on the track and posted the second quickest time.
Steckly drew one of the last qualifying positions and took to the track determined to take the top spot and with a time of 19.546 Steckly would be third in a field of twenty cars. “With the changes we made to the car I wanted to make sure it was going to do what I wanted when I got to the first turn of qualifying so I was being a little easy on it. We were gunning for the pole position today, but starting on the inside of row two is okay.”
When the green flag dropped Steckly was on the gas and quickly settled into second and maintained that position until the first caution came out at lap 57. All the leaders came down pit road for fuel, but Steckly stayed out to take over the lead and pick up the bonus points. On the restart the No. 22 easily pulled away from the pack. On lap 102 the second caution came out and the No. 22 Racing/Canadian Tire Dodge came to pit road for service. The pit crew went to work changing the right side tires and Steckly was one of the first cars out of the pits, but came back to pit road under the same caution to top up on fuel. The pit stops were quick and clean, but most of the pack took fuel at the first caution so they only came to pit road once for adjustments, while Steckly made two stops so he restated in eighth.
There was not much rubber on the track which made it difficult to pass and as result the leaders all maintained the position they restarted in until the third caution came out on lap 151, when most of the leaders came to pit road for tires moving Steckly back up to second on the restart.
The final restart came with less than 10 laps to go and Steckly was on the back bumper of the first place car of Don Thompson Jr. and did everything he could to pass him, but Steckly raced the No. 8 clean and took home third podium finish in three events this season.“We are real happy with the night, the car was good and there were lots of people from Canadian Tire here so I’m glad we could put on a show for them. I want to thank all my sponsors and my team; they work so hard at the shop and at the track to give me the best car possible.”The next stop for Steckly and the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will be in two weeks’ time at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario. Steckly continues to be in first place in the NASCAR point standings heading to the second of five road course events this year.