Canadian Tire Driver Scott Steckly Reigns Supreme as NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Champion

FRASERVILLE, ON, Sept. 24, 2011 /CNW/ - Tonight at Kawartha Speedway, Scott Steckly raced his Canadian Tire Dodge to a second-place finish in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season finale. With the finish, Steckly secured the points championship for the second time in four seasons. As he was presented with the Champion's trophy, the popular racer and his team were cheered by a full house at the Peterborough-area oval.

"The Canadian Tire Dodge performed very well tonight; we didn't have any big adventures," said Scott, who came home behind 2010 Canadian Tire Series champ DJ Kennington. "We raced hard but by the end we were pretty sure we had it clinched and we were going for the race win. It feels really good to earn the championship again. People don't realize how hard it is to win one of these things; a lot of things have to go right in a lot of races to get to here."

Steckly was eager to recognize the support of his family, sponsors and friends, who contributed to him winning the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series - the biggest prize in Canadian stock car racing.

"I can't give enough thanks to Canadian Tire for sponsoring our team and supporting the series as well as companies like Exide and Castrol. Also, AW Millwrights and ERB Transport who have sponsored me for 18 years. And my family and crew are the best, making sacrifices and supporting my racing."

Steckly lined up fourth in the field of 26 racers who took part in the series' 12th and final event of 2011. During time trials, the Milverton, Ontario racer lapped the high-banked 3/8-mile oval in 17.839 seconds (75.677 mph). The driver of the Canadian Tire Dodge was careful to protect his car in the early going, but quickly moved forward. Steckly was out front by lap 100 but pitted prior to the halfway point of the 250-lap race, for fuel and tires.

With 100 laps to go, Scott was back in the top five. With 40 laps remaining in the race, the Canadian Tire-sponsored racer was up to second, behind Kennington, the only other driver in the field with a mathematic chance of denying Scott his second championship. The two would come across the line in that order, with J.R. Fitzpatrick claiming the third and final podium spot at Kawartha.

During the championship presentation, Steckly and the Canadian Tire team were joined in the victory lane by Allan MacDonald, Senior Vice-President of Automotive for Canadian Tire. "On behalf of Canadian Tire I'd like to congratulate Scott and his team on a phenomenal performance in this race and for a truly outstanding season. Scott is a great asset to the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and to the sport of racing in Canada. We couldn't have asked for a better way to end the 2011 race season."

The race for the 2011 championship kicked-off at Mosport Speedway on May 28. Steckly set the tone for his championship season by qualifying second-fastest and winning his first of three races during the season. Much like his 2008 championship season, where he won four races, Steckly was off to a fast start and was able to maintain the points lead starting with the first race of the season. Qualifying and finishing in the top five for the first six events set the bar high for his competitors in the series. Steckly would go on to record three Keystone Light Pole Awards, three wins, nine top-fives and 10 top-10s during the season.

For more information on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series please visit www.nascarlocalracing.com.

Image with caption: "Allan MacDonald (l), Senior VP of Automotive for Canadian Tire stands with NASCAR Canadian Tire Series champion Scott Steckly (r) following the season finale at Kawartha Speedway on Saturday Night. Steckly finished second in the race to secure his second Canadian national stock car championship in the past four years. (CNW Group/Wide Open Motorsport Solutions Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110924_C6368_PHOTO_EN_3785.jpg

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For more information on Scott Steckly and 22 Racing please contact:
Linda Jones
Wide Open Motorsport Solutions
(705) 730-4044
Email: ljones@wideopensolutions.ca

For more information on Canadian Tire please contact:
David Gollom
Manager, Communications, Canadian Tire
416-480-8450
Email: david.gollom@cantire.com

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