Scott Steckly Racing
STECKLY KEEPS STRING OF TOP FIVE FINISHES GOING AT MOSPORT
BOWMANVILLE, ON, Monday June 27, 2011: Scott Steckly driver of the 22 Racing/Canadian Tire Dodge started the weekend with the fastest time in practice and finished off the two day event with a fifth place finish, making his four starts in 2011 all top fives.
On Saturday afternoon few cars took to the track in the first practice as there was a persistent rain over Mosport International Raceway. In practice number two, Steckly consistently ran laps that kept him within the top five fastest cars. With his last lap, Steckly posted the quickest time of the day maneuvering the 12 turn 2.459 mile road course in a time of 1:24.324.
The late afternoon qualifying session was washed out due to rain and as a result the drivers would take to the starting grid for Sunday’s Vortex Brake Pads 200 according to owner points. Steckly and the 22 Racing/Canadian Tire Dodge, as the points leader would line up on the inside of row one, taking the pole position.
Steckly lead the first six laps of the Vortex Brake Pads 200 and ran in second until the first caution came out on lap 12. Steckly came down pit road and topped up on fuel, but came back to pit road the next lap and changed left side tires. Steckly restated in sixteenth place out of a twenty-six car field.
The yellow flag was out again on lap 18 and Steckly came back to pit road and the team changed right side tires and would restart the race on lap 23 in 15th place. With three more cautions periods over the remaining 33 laps, it was difficult for the No. 22 team to make up any track position, but Steckly was running lap times consistent with the leaders, he just didn’t have enough green flag laps to catch them. With the last restart on lap 46 Steckly was on the inside, made a pass for fourth and was looking to make a move for third but couldn’t make it stick and was shuffled back to fifth place. When the checkered flag waived Steckly would cross the finish line in fifth.
“All in all we had a good weekend, the car was fast right out of the trailer, but track position was huge today and there were a lot of cars that didn’t take tires when we did so we had a lot of traffic to fight through. We kept picking off cars lap by lap and managed to get into the top five and we’re happy to leave Mosport with an increase in our points lead.”
This weekend’s events at Mosport International Raceway will air on TSN on Saturday July 2nd at 1:30 EST.
The next stop for Steckly and the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will be in two weeks’ time when the drivers will navigate the streets of Toronto at Exhibition Place for the Toronto Honda Indy. Steckly has maintained the first place position in the NASCAR point’s standings and is looking to take a further lead over the rest of the field upon completion of the Honda Indy Toronto.