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.
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