Scott Steckly Racing
STECKLY SETTLES FOR THIRD AT RIVERSIDE SPEEDWAY
Antigonish, NS, Saturday August 17, 2013: After a difficult start to the day Scott Steckly driver of the Canadian Tire/Sylvania Dodge crossed the finish line in third on Saturday night at Riverside Speedway in the Wilson Equipment 300 supporting Red Cross Disaster Relief.
The day didn’t start the way the 22 Racing Team would have liked when NASCAR decided that a front end part was not to their liking and had to be changed. These parts had been viewed previously by NASCAR with no consequences, and took up the entire first practice session to change. With the time winding down in the second session, Steckly was able to get out for about four laps. This was critical as without posting these laps during practice their qualifying effort later in the day would not have meant anything as they would be sent to the back of the 17 car field to start the 300 lap race.
Steckly would get the car through technical inspection and gridded for the qualifying session and when the field had completed their timed sessions, the Canadian Tire Dodge scored first and started from the pole for the race. “This just again proves how good this 22 Racing Team is,” said Steckly after qualifying. “They just never quit and even faced with adversity they come through time and again. I couldn’t be prouder of them.”
The race would start before a packed house of enthusiastic Eastern Canada race fans. Steckly would maintain the lead for the first 94 circuits before relinquishing it to the #84 of J.R. Fitzpatrick who would hold the position until his motor expired on lap 166. Steckly would again take over the lead where he would stay until coming to the attention of his crew for fuel and tires around lap 170. Now it was time to get back to the front and take home another checkered flag. But it was not to be as even though Steckly had put some distance between himself and his competitors, a late race caution would result in a three race battle for the win. The final 15 laps had the fans on their feet as they battled for position. When the checkered flag flew Steckly was in third place. “We didn’t know how the car was going to run on the long green flag sessions, we typically get here what with no practice,” said Steckly after the race. “But all in all we were very satisfied with the car tonight. However I am the kind of racer who likes to pass and change position without knocking my opponents out of the way. I only ask that they treat me with the same respect. I didn’t feel we got it tonight. Overall though it was a good points night for us as we maintained top spot in the Championship points so we will be satisfied with that.”
Steckly maintains his four point margin over second place in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series championship standings.
Next up for the 22 Racing Team will be at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on August 31 and Sept. 1. For more information on this event please visit www.canadiantiremotorsportpark.com
The Wilson Equipment 300 presented by Komatsu will air on TSN/TSN2 on Sunday Aug. 25 at 1:00 p.m. and on RDS/RDS2 on Fri. Sept. 13 at 7 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
Follow Scott Steckly and his team at www.22racing.ca or on Twitter @ScottSteckly22
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