Scott Steckly Racing

Montreal, QUE, Monday, August 22, 2011
Scott Steckly driver of the 22 Racing/Canadian Tire Dodge started the NAPA AUTOPRO 100 in ninth and crossed the finish line 23 laps later in seventh.
Practice was a wash on Thursday afternoon. Just as the teams headed onto the track, rain began to fall. The No. 22 Canadian Tire driver waited on pit road for sky to clear. Unfortunately the track didn’t dry completely by the end of the session so 19th position was where they ended up.

For qualifying on Friday, the cars were sent out in two groups, according to their practice times, and each group was given twenty-five minutes to turn laps from which their quickest time would be used to determine starting position. Steckly would lay down the ninth quickest lap overall with a time of 107.481 and an average speed of 90.770 miles per hour.

Before the race Steckly commented that, “We didn’t get any laps in under practice due to the wet conditions and didn’t really know what the car was going to be like in qualifying. So we are a little disappointed with our qualifying position.” Steckly would start the NAPA AUTOPRO 100 in ninth position on the inside of row five. With the drop of the green flag, he took the opportunity and fell into line in tenth as the field rounded turn one. When the first caution came out on lap six, Steckly had dropped two positions and was running in 12th. The 22 Racing/Canadian Tire Dodge maintained 12th on the restart, but another caution soon followed and Steckly made no mistake picking up three positions before making his way into turn one.
With six laps to go, Steckly made his way to seventh and was gaining on J. R. Fitzpatrick who was running in sixth. Steckly was hoping for another caution to tighten the field so he could pick up a few more positions on the restart, but the caution never came and Steckly crossed the finish line in seventh place.

After the race Steckly commented, “We came here and accomplished what we wanted to, stayed out of trouble and got a top ten finish. We even increased our points lead. I’m very proud of everyone on the Canadian Tire team, they worked hard to give me a good car and we are looking forward to the next three ovals as we hope to keep the momentum going.”

The NAPA AUTOPRO 100 can be seen in its entirety on TSN on Sunday August 21 at midnight and Monday August 22 at 1:30 p.m. TSN2 will also air the event on Sunday August 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Steckly and the 22/Racing Canadian Tire team are having a great season. The No. 22 team has added to their points lead and has two wins and seven top five finishes with 3 events left in the 2011 season. The next stop for Steckly and the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will be on September 10 when the teams head to Barrie Speedway for the Wild Wing 300 presented by Independent Electric.

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