Scott Steckly Racing
STECKLY JUMPSTARTS SEASON WITH A WIN AT MOSPORT BOWMANVILLE, ON
Saturday May 28, 2011: Scott Steckly driver of the 22 Racing/Canadian Tire Dodge started the day seventh quickest in practice and qualified second for the first event of the 2011 season. The day just kept getting better for Steckly as he took home the win at Mosport Speedway. During practice the No. 22 team was fast early on, but had some brake problems that set them back. After fixing the brakes, changing the shocks and making a sway bar adjustment the car was back on track and Scott Steckly concluded practice with the seventh quickest time. Steckly was one of the first cars to take to the track in qualifying and managed to maneuver Canada’s fastest half mile oval with a time of 21.767. The time held up for most of the qualifying session and afforded Steckly a second place starting position.
Steckly was thrilled to start on the outside of row one and said, “After we fixed the brake issue in practice I knew we would be good to go. The car was really fast and we actually qualified with a faster time then we turned in practice.” Steckly started the Dickies 200 at Mosport Speedway in second place and was challenging the No. 87 of JR Fitzpatrick for the lead by lap 50. On lap 58 Steckly took over the lead and dominated the field lapping several cars. Steckly lead the Dickies 200 until the first caution came out at lap 120.
Under caution Steckly came to pit road and the team elected to change the right side tires, but during the stop an air gun jammed and the No. 22 team was one of the last cars to leave to leave pit road. Prior to the stop when Steckly was leading the race, the car was so fast that he managed to lap most of the field and as a result, the No. 22 team was able to restart the race in fifth position as the last car on the lead lap.
It did not take Steckly long to work his way back to the front. He was on a mission with fresh tires and on lap 155 Steckly took over the lead again. The 22 Racing/Canadian Tire Dodge was fast and was pulling away from the pack, but the field quickly tightened up as there were three cautions in the last 30 laps. Steckly had to work hard to maintain the top spot and hold off the No.7 car on all three of the restarts. Steckly; however, made no mistake and did not give the No. 7 an opportunity to make a pass. On the green, white checkered restart, Steckly had a fair lead with one lap to go and was the first car to cross the stripe taking home a well-deserved win, the ninth of his career.
“What a way to start off the season,” Steckly said with a smile at the conclusion of the race “It was the first race with a new car and new crew chief and I couldn’t be happier for Canadian Tire and my guys. The guys worked so hard in the off season to get this car ready and even today at the track the guys did everything they needed to, to get us here.” The Dickies 200 will air on TSN on Saturday, June 4, at 1 p.m. ET. The next stop for Steckly and the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will be the inaugural visit to Circuit ICAR in Quebec. Steckly has already tested at this track earlier this season and is looking for another podium finish.